A top-notch delegation from the Hungarian city of Debrecen visited Bavarian International School gAG
(BIS) on its Haimhausen Campus. Dr. Lajos Barcsa, Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, János Öreg,
Director of the future International School of Debrecen, and Dr. Ing. Andrea Horváth from the University
of Debrecen met with BIS School Director Dr. Chrissie Sorenson to share information and experiences.
The second-largest city in Hungary is experiencing strong economic recovery, as evidenced by the BMW
Group, building a new plant in the city. The logical consequence: The establishment of an international
school, which celebrates its opening in September 2019.
"Debrecen is a great example of how important international schools are as a factor in promoting
business, location marketing and, last but not least, the international character of an entire city," said
Dr. Chrissie Sorenson, who welcomed her guests to a workshop, school tour and a visit to a theater
production. The BMW Group is investing around one billion euros in a new plant bringing with it more
than 1,000 jobs to the 200,000-inhabitant city in the eastern part of Hungary - a real "game changer" for
"In recent years, we have experienced breathtaking economic development. Debrecen is on the way to
becoming a true international city. In the past four years alone, we have invested 1.5 billion euros and
created more than 6,000 new jobs. A large proportion of this is due to German investments. It is
therefore our primary interest to meet the needs of these companies so that Debrecen can evolve and
grow,”, said Dr. Lajos Barcsa, Deputy Mayor for Economic Relations of the City of Debrecen. An
international school is essential to support this goal.
When he visited Bavarian International School, he was most impressed by "how enthusiastic and self-
confident the students” are. BIS exemplifies what an enormous interest in a high-class, international
school education exists. "We take home many valuable impressions and ideas."
János Öreg, the director of the International School of Debrecen (ISD), was grateful for information,
inspiration and ideas. "In a fast-changing world, BIS has tackled all challenges and serves as a model for
national and international educational institutions," said the ISD Director. With the founding of the
International School of Debrecen, the aim is to build on the rich educational tradition of the city, to bring
Debrecen into the 21 st century and to make it a modern, European place.
"We are convinced that high-quality education is a fundamental right and the key investment for our
future," said János Öreg, who will open the school in September 2019 with about 50 students and grow
to 500 students within five years. He hopes the visit will be the first step in a long, prosperous
partnership between the International School of Debrecen and the Bavarian International School.
About Bavarian International School:
Bavarian International School gAG (BIS) is a non-profit organisation with two campus locations
(Haimhausen and Munich-Leopoldstr.). 1,200 children and adolescents from 52 nations between the
ages of 3 and 18 attend the recognized IB World School including kindergarten. As one of only two
international schools in Germany, BIS offers all four IB Programmes. The IB DP average of 34.6
(worldwide: 29.7) illustrates its high pedagogical standards. BIS counts 210 employees, including 170
teachers - the teacher-pupil ratio of 7.5: 1 underlines the focus on the individual development of each
child under the motto "Believe. Inspire. Succeed ". as Evidenced by the high proportion of international
students (75%), the private all-day school is an important factor for Munich's business promotion and