Who we are, what we stand for

Who we are

The company was founded as IFBE Institute for Professional Continuing Education in Hamburg in 1975. At the outset its focus was on the development of further training and re-training centers. In 1989 the Institute was re-named to COGNOS AG.

What we do

COGNOS AG offers qualification opportunities to people and organizations. Our course portfolio and training programs allow our customers to recognize, build on and constructively use their own strengths.

How we do business

We are well aware of our particular social responsibility as an education provider. As a disseminator and multiplier of knowledge we place high demands on the standard of diligence and integrity.

What is important to us

Success is the result we are focussing on jointly with our customers. We achieve this goal by ensuring that our offerings meet tested quality standards and by systematic development of new products.
Our technical colleges offer many different educational areas – from health and education to chemistry and biology to economics and tourism.
Study programs
We operate several higher education institutions in Germany and abroad offering an extensive range of classroom-based and online courses, which can be completed in full-time or part-time study. Our courses lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Excellent graduates are welcome to do their doctoral degree with us.
Continuing Education

Our academies provide continuing education courses for specialists in various industries who want to prepare for their next career move. We organize conferences, seminars for specialized training and special leadership programs for managers.

COGNOS AG is one of the largest private and independent education companies in Germany. We operate technical schools, colleges and further education institutions in Germany and abroad. In addition, we are involved in other educational institutions. Currently the AG consists of 15 companies.

Unsere Standorte sind über ganz Deutschland verteilt. Daneben sind wir auch im Ausland vertreten. Unter anderem in: Prag, Luxemburg, New York City, Shanghai und Sydney.


Unser Unternehmen existiert seit 1975. Die COGNOS AG in ihrer heutigen Form wurde 1989 gegründet. Einige unserer Tochterunternehmen sind jedoch wesentlich älter: Die Tradition der Hochschule Fresenius reicht bis ins Jahr 1848 zurück.


Jedes COGNOS-Unternehmen setzt auf eine hohe Praxisnähe, individuelle Betreuung sowie moderne Lernangebote, die den Anforderungen des Arbeitsmarktes gerecht werden.


Die COGNOS AG wächst jedes Jahr überdurchschnittlich. Seit 2009 haben sich unser Umsatz und unsere Mitarbeiterzahl verdoppelt.