About us

The IÖB offers research, development, training leading to qualifications, publications and consultation on Economic Education

It is difficult to understand the complex interconnections between economics, politics and society without having a basic knowledge of economics. The IÖB offers research, development, training leading to qualifications, publications, consultation and advice on Economic Education – for a better insight into economic processes.
We have made it our goal to promote, at the earliest possible age, basic understanding and knowledge of the interconnections and structures that govern our work and economic life.


IÖB’s Integrated Structure

As an affiliated institute of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, our work is based on basic research undertaken in projects and concepts, both at home and abroad, which is then applied practically in schools or on teacher training programmes. Three institutes in Oldenburg work closely together to promote Economic Education as a general subject in all forms of the German secondary education system:

  • IÖB (Affiliated Institute of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)  
  • IfÖB (Institute for Economic Education at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)
  • wigy e. V.

The German federal state of Lower Saxony as well as the local and regional economy have all had a significant hand in setting up the affiliated institute, for which we are thankful.


Preamble of the Cooperation Agreement with the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

“The IÖB gGmbH [non-profit limited company] has been formed and established so that application-oriented research and development can be carried out and Economic Education can be promoted in all forms of schools and all levels of study of general secondary education both in the Federal Republic of Germany and abroad, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. University teacher training as well as further and advanced courses for teachers in Economic Education shall be developed and widened – locally, nationally and internationally.”


IÖB Structure - Close Integration between Theory and Practice

Our departments benefit from mutual information exchange and close integration of their activities. The starting point for innovative projects is the research work of the institute. In Research and Development (R&D), research projects are conceived and designed, after which they are implemented by the departments.

 

Our departments benefit from mutual information exchange and close integration of their activities. The starting point for innovative projects is the research work of the institute. In Research and Development (R&D), research projects are conceived and designed, after which they are implemented by the departments.

At present, IfÖB and IÖB are the only Economics Education centres across the whole of Germany which offer a comprehension range of teacher training, further and advanced courses as well as in-school practical support; and which are also interlinked with an extensive network from the fields of academia, politics, economics and education.


Our Communication Policy

IÖB’s communication policy is informed by the following guiding principle: “Bringing more economics into schools”. IÖB’s own public relations work consists of numerous activities, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of Economic Education among other target groups: school children, students and teachers, academics, politicians and the general public. Some examples of our activities include:

    • Press articles, columns in newspapers, press interviews and statements, academic publications in newspapers and magazines
    • Book publications promoting the idea of an “Economic Education”
    • Initiating and supporting numerous school projects, e.g. School Companies and competitions  
    • Organising and holding events, e.g. "netz:werk" meeting with representatives from schools, politics, economics and academia
    • Assisting wigy e.V., an association promoting the nationwide expansion of Economic Education in the German general education system
    • Institutional roundtable discussions with representatives from schools, politics, academia and the economy

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