Structure and operation of the ISS

Cost absorption for further training and certification according to international standards

Provision of additional digital teaching and learning materials

No interference in the school schedule and the educational curriculum

Programmes for international internships and projects

Association for the Support of the ISS at the SGO e. V.

Managing Committee

Winfried Fischer: Chair
Christian Hermann: Deputy Chair
Anika Humpert: Contact person


Companies from the
local business community


November 2018


Koblenzer Straße 121
57072 Siegen
+49 0271 3302-301

Promote instead of pressure

We Strengthen South Westphalia

For the future of our region

The " Association for the Support of the ISS at the SGO e. V." was founded in November 2018. Our members are mostly internationally operating companies and have pledged to commit more than € 3 million in the coming years. In doing so, the association does not influence the educational concept or the internal affairs of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in any way. The goal of the association is to promote the operation and expansion of an international programme at the SGO and to make the region of South Westphalia a more attractive business location.


Stefan Tofote

Vice President HR Supply Chain & HR Services, Viega GmbH & Co. KG

"In terms of well-qualified talents, an education concept focused on individual development and multilingualism, such as the one pursued by the International School Südwestfalen, is certainly forward-thinking – and crucial for Viega as a globally operating corporate group. As a cooperation partner from the local business community, this offers us the opportunity to engage with the next generation early on. Therefore, we are pleased to contribute to this 'School of the Future'."

Portrait von Dieter Kohlmeier, Vorstandsvorsitzender Sparkasse Olpe-Drolshagen-Wenden

Dieter Kohlmeier

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sparkasse Olpe-Drolshagen-Wenden

"The Städtisches Gymnasium Olpe experiences a significant enhancement through the introduction of an internationally recognized high school diploma program. As a local Sparkasse (savings bank) located near the International School, it is our natural commitment to support this ambitious structural project through our membership in the supporting association and sponsorship. We anticipate that this will particularly benefit our local businesses by providing them with a competitive advantage in talent recruitment."

Peter Weber

Mayor of the Town of Olpe

"The International School Südwestfalen is an integral part of the regional project initiated by the city of Olpe. The Südwestfalen Agency has recognized the project as particularly valuable for the region. The project is now being further refined. In addition, the city of Olpe, as part of a consortium with four other cities in Südwestfalen, was successful in its application to become a Smart City model municipality. The focus here is primarily on harnessing digital capabilities within the municipalities. The funding from the Regionale and Smart City initiatives will be used to support new learning methods and digitalization in schools."

Felix G. Hensel

Managing Partner of Gustav Hensel GmbH & Co. KG.

"An international school in our rural yet highly industrialized region is a beacon project in the educational landscape. For many globally active companies reliant on well-trained professionals and leaders, ISS as an integral part of Städtisches Gymnasium Olpe has become an appealing cooperation partner. Another crucial aspect for these companies is the opportunity to attract international leadership talent and to have a renowned school locally available to provide an internationally recognized high school diploma program for their non-German-speaking offspring."

M. Sc. Simone Diez

Head of People Development, Mubea (Muhr und Bender KG)

"The IB World School Olpe, with its international education, contributes to preparing our children for the growing global connectivity. For Mubea, as a globally operating family-owned company, this means establishing early contact with local professionals who can confidently navigate the international arena – a win-win situation for all parties involved!"

Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Christian Hermann

Managing Partner of KRAH Electronic Components GmbH

"We support the International School Südwestfalen at Städtisches Gymnasium Olpe because it is a crucial element in our strategy to combat the shortage of skilled workers. It complements existing educational offerings and prepares future professionals for the challenges of a globalized market. At the same time, it makes the region more attractive to skilled workers who want to establish a life here with their families and value an internationally recognized education for their children."

Board Member of Volksbank Olpe-Wenden-Drolshagen eG

Markus Stottmeyer

"The implementation of the International School as an integral part of Städtisches Gymnasium Olpe presents additional opportunities for our attractive business location here in Südwestfalen. It offers prospects for securing the demand for skilled professionals and leaders of our regional hidden champions, as well as promoting cosmopolitanism and international exchange. As a regional cooperative bank and partner of small and medium-sized enterprises, it is both an honor and a responsibility for us to support this future-proof and sustainable project for our region as a member of the supporting association for the International School and as a sponsor."

Head of Human Resources at Krombacher Brauerei

Volker Arens

"The International School Südwestfalen brings together the expertise of SGO, the University of Siegen, and companies from our Südwestfalen region with the goal of providing students with international orientation a wide range of skills in various competency areas and laying the foundation for an international career in a Südwestfalen-based company through the acquisition of the "International Baccalaureate (IB)." We are already looking forward to welcoming the first "IB graduates" into the Krombacher family after their high school and potential university studies, to work together with them on the further development of our group."

For the Future of Education

Member Companies of the Support Association

Promote instead of pressure

"An internationally oriented education through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program aligns with our economically strong region of Südwestfalen and the future of our children. We are pleased to support and promote this."

Anika Humpert

Association for the Support of the ISS at the SGO e. V.