New members on Supervisory Board of BIS / Innovation campaign "Rethink School"

Shareholders' Meeting of Bavarian International School gAG (BIS): Cubero, Fischbacher, Härle and Panzer new to the control and strategy committee
At the shareholders' meeting of the Bavarian International School gAG (BIS) the supervisory board was increased to nine members. Dr. Manuel Cubero (former CEO of Kabel Deutschland Holding AG, Chairman of the Shareholders' Council of GfK), Marcus Fischbacher (Senior Sales Manager of Green City Finance GmbH and member of the Board of Green City e.V.), Philipp Härle (Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company) and Dr. Ralph Panzer (lawyer & partner at Bird & Bird LLP) are complementary additions to the existing control and strategy committee joining Marc Aghili (Chair), Dr. Lynda Sagrestano (Vice Chair), Stephan Bauer, Roger Hamada and Silke van Wasen. The members of the BIS Supervisory Board work on a voluntary basis.

Marc Aghili, Chair of the Supervisory Board of BIS gAG, thanked Uwe Freiherr von Saalfeld for his outstanding commitment to date as a parent, source of ideas and former member of the Supervisory Board. "At the same time, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new members of the Supervisory Board. I am looking forward to continuing our joint work and I am very happy to have such strong personalities with additional expertise, ideas and contacts on board", said Marc Aghili.

At the shareholders' meeting, a review of key information and outlook for the future were again combined. In the 2018/2019 school year, around 1,200 students from 56 nations with 44 native languages attended the private all-day school with two campuses in Haimhausen and Munich-Schwabing. Around 210 employees, including 170 teachers from 29 nations, provided excellent, personalised education for the three to 18-year-olds under the motto "Believe. Inspire. Succeed". The key measure of educational excellence was, among other things, another very good average IB diploma score of 34.3 compared to 29.7 worldwide.

„Rethink school“ („Schule neu denken“)

BIS's strategic planning focuses on inspiring learning, outstanding teaching and a thriving, innovative school culture based on the cornerstones of respect, responsibility and open-mindedness. This is complemented by sound management, financial stability, growing awareness and reputation. In addition to school fees and state subsidies (approx. 11.5 percent of the total budget), BIS is working on establishing a third, sustainable funding pillar: "Rethink school - innovations and values for Bavaria and the whole world" is the thematic umbrella for the new innovation and fundraising campaign.  

The objectives include the construction of the new Creativity & Innovation Centre (CIC), the further development of the City Campus and the fostering of excellence (e.g. financial support programmes, development of scholarships). The new heart of the Haimhausen Campus is to offer around 750 students state-of-the-art, innovative and interdisciplinary learning conditions on three floors and approx. 8,300 square metres, setting a benchmark for educational infrastructure in Bavaria. The "School of the Future" is home to open, flexible education islands, laboratories, Maker Spaces, EdTech-Center, studios, stages, auditorium etc. under the motto "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths).

As a multifunctional space, the CIC is also intended to open up partnerships across the entire region. The pure construction costs are around 25 million euros, the total costs with financing and follow-up costs are around 30 million euros and at least 2.5 million euros are required for the basic financing and should come from own resources in the form of donations, sponsorships, investments and private participations. "Through the CIC, we want to strengthen our leading role as innovator, impulse and idea provider, which goes far beyond the field of school education. And we want to make it clear that as an international school we are making a valuable contribution to economic development in the greater Munich area," says Dr. Chrissie Sorenson, school director and Executive Board of BIS.

Behind the scenes of BIS

Interested parents from Germany and all over the world can take a very personal and authentic look at BIS during four "Open Days" (each with presentations, school tour by student ambassadors, question and answer session): Thursday, 6 February 2020 at 9:30 a.m. (Haimhausen Campus: Early Childhood & Primary School), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (Haimhausen Campus: Secondary School), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 at 1 p.m. (City Campus: Early Childhood & Primary School) and Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 10:45 a.m. (Haimhausen Campus: entire school at the International festival).

To participate in an "Open Day", it is essential to register in advance using an online form on the BIS website: 

About Bavarian International School:

Bavarian International School gAG (BIS) is a non-profit institution with two campus locations (Haimhausen and Munich-Leopoldstr.). Around 1,200 children and adolescents from 56 nations between the ages of 3 and 18 attend the recognized IB World School including kindergarten (from the age of 3). As one of only two international schools in Germany, BIS offers all four IB programs. The IB DP average result of 34.3 (worldwide: 29.7) illustrates the high pedagogical standards. 210 employees work at BIS, including 170 teachers from 29 nations. The holistic educational focus is on the individual development of each child under the motto "Believe. Inspire. Succeed ". Due to the high proportion of international students (75%), the private all-day school is an important factor for Munich's business promotion and marketing.

Media Contact BIS:
Marko Mädge
Head of Communications & Public Affairs
Bavarian International School gAG
Haimhausen Campus
Hauptstr. 1 - 85778 Haimhausen – Germany
Phone: +49 8133 - 917 132
Mobile: +49 152 - 54 69 3889