Lifelong Learning

The idea to establish an English-speaking only International University in Bremen is under severe pressure. Unlike the US-model where a private University has 1/3 capital stock returns, 1/3 fees income and 1/3 Alumni contributions and donations is only feasible with very substantial start-up funding. Twenty years of subsidies to replace the missing returns on capital stock and young millionaires (IUB-Alumni are only in their mid to late 30s in 2020) cannot yet fill the gap. The missing finances would need to come from private sector donations. Big companies, however, keep complaining about skill gaps and lack of engineers and students with intercultural competence, but the willingness to fund substantially a university which delivers exatly this, has been too scarce. Instead, mutiple cheap copies of the IUB-model have arisen in Germany, without really delivering the uniqueness of the international campus learning community and proven quality of its programs in international competition. Thinking in terms of long-term investments is difficult in times of health, economic and financial crises. After BREXIT we image even Europe differently. ( The show must go on
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