About us

iversity.org is the European platform for online learning that enables universities to share a broad range courses with students from around the globe, providing them with the opportunity to earn recognised credentials, no matter where they are. This new dimension of learning is what we describe with the phrase: “study anywhere”.

We work in close cooperation with instructors, higher education institutions and knowledge-based companies to provide high-quality courses that are engaging, interactive and fun.

These online courses (so-called MOOCs) offer unprecedented opportunities for students and professors alike. They enable professors to experiment with innovative teaching formats and provide students and independent learners with a customised higher education experience: a digital Erasmus for everyone.

Our aim is not to replace universities, but to empower academics. Being based in Europe, we are specialised in working within the existing legal and administrative infrastructure and specifically the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Some of our partner institutions already award ECTS credits to online learners taking their courses on our platform.

In summary: iversity makes higher education more accessible, more affordable and more personalised.

We believe in the transformative power of online education. So do you? Take a look at our current job offers.

Partners

  • Eucommission
  • Ocw
  • Ministry
  • Stifterverband
  • Exist
  • Esf
  • Gesis

Meet our Team

Our team is as multifaceted as our online learning community. Like our course catalogue, we represent intellectual diversity: Philosophy, Physics and Political Science graduates work alongside software developers and entrepreneurs. We have lived and studied all over the world and have experienced different education systems, institutional settings and learning cultures. With cultural sensitivity and passionate commitment, it is our goal to bring higher education into the digital age. We are young and thrive on experimentation: we optimise our technology and didactical methods to deliver the best possible online education experience. In other words, we practice what we teach: lifelong learning.

Meet our Management

Hannes Klöpper

Chief Executive Officer

Hannes is one of the founders of iversity. He represents us to the public and is an expert on the digitalisation of education. In this context, he recently co-authored a book on the university in the 21st century in collaboration with distinguished Professor Yehuda Elkana. He holds a Dual-Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a B.A. in International Relations from the Technische Universität Dresden. Moreover, he spent a semester at SciencesPo Strasbourg and completed the Academy Year programme at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin. From 2010-2011, Hannes Klöpper was an associate at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, working on a project that explored the impact of digitalisation on education. He has been selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and in 2013 has joined the board of jurors of the OpenEducation Challenge.

Sander Nijssen

Managing Director

Sander joined iversity in September 2014 as Managing Director of the company. He focusses on managing the internal organisation. In his previous job, Sander was holding the role of CFO at The New Motion, a tech company offering charging solutions to drivers of electric vehicles. In this role he contributed to raising over €14m in funding and growing the company from scratch to €10m annual turnover in four years. Before starting as the CFO at what was then a small start-up with only 6 employees, Sander co-founded a franchise chain of high-concept restaurants throughout Europe. He started his career in the public sector, working as an economist at the Dutch Central Bank and Dutch Ministry of Finance, and as a consultant for the World Bank in India.

Julia Bader

Director of Academic Partnerships

As Director of Academic Partnerships, Julia is responsible for the overall operations and management processes of the team that brings the courses to our platform. Previously, she supported iversity as Director of Operations. Her preceding work experience laid the foundation for her focus in project management. From 2010 to 2013 she was the Program Manager International Affairs at Körber Foundation, where she brought together eminent politicians, government representatives and experts from around the globe in confidential formats like the Bergedorf Round Table. She completed her Magister grade in Political Science and German Literature at the University of Regensburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Gerald Hiller

Director of Product

Gerald leads the product development team with a focus on design, usability and stability, building a product that is smart, attractive and fun to use. He strongly believes that the better the platform, the more the users are motivated to learn, stay engaged and enjoy the experience. After earning a Diploma in Physics at Technische Universität Berlin, Gerald acknowledged his entrepreneurial spirit and talent, which lead to an EXIST scholarship from the EU and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2009 for an idea that was also education-related, and eventually lead him to work for iversity.

Advisory Board

Dr. Jörg Dräger

Jörg Dräger is Executive Director of the CHE Centre of Higher Education and member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board where he is responsible for the program areas of education, integration and democracy. In January 2012, Dräger has also been appointed Adjunct Professor for Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. From 2001-2008 he served as Hamburg’s minister of science and research and was a member of Germany's Permanent Conference of Educational Ministers as well as deputy representative to the Bundesrat, the federal body that represents the German states at the national level. He studied physics and business administration at the Universität Hamburg and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Cornell University in New York State.

Marcus Riecke

Marcus Riecke has more than 20 years of experience in leading internet, e-commerce and media companies and has held senior leadership positions at Bertelsmann, AOL Europe, eGroups (today Yahoo! Groups), eBay, studiVZ and Monster. He began his career in the film and television industry at Studio Hamburg and Bavaria Film. Born in Germany, Marcus was raised in the UK and the US and is a graduate of the University of London (B.A., 1989) and the University of California at Berkeley (M.B.A., 1996).

Founder

Jonas Liepmann

Jonas Liepmann founded iversity as a student with the goal to facilitate networking and publication within academia. He secured initial funding by the “EXIST”-programme, a government scholarship for aspiring student entrepreneurs. He got Hannes on board in 2011, and the two continued to develop iversity together. Jonas passed the CEO position in 2013 to Hannes to take a sabbatical. As a shareholder of iversity Jonas continues to be passionately involved in the advancement of digital learning.


Photos: Na'ama Landau (Klöpper), Christina Pautsch (Nijssen, Hiller), Ami Osherov (Bader), Arne Weychardt (Dräger)