Welcome to XOLAS! We are an innovative consultancy partnership helping business schools and universities achieve their strategic ambitions.

Our approach is unique — we provide advisory services informed by advanced data analytics to help our clients rationalize their development plans and performance targets.

Because we care

Business Schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are facing a variety of challenges, the most important ones being technology-driven disruptions in teaching & learning, rising financial pressures, heightened international competition, and changing demographics.

The creation of XOLAS reflects the strong personal and professional desire of the founders to guide and support business schools and HEIs in dealing with these challenges. We offer our services “because we care”, because we believe in the higher purpose of higher education and consider business schools as an integral part of this sector.

Our services

Strategy and Quality Enhancement Practice

We enable clients to map development aspirations into strategic plans. We facilitate the effective execution of these plans and help to communicate outcomes as quality improvement achievements to external stakeholders, including accreditors and ranking providers. We help to identify development actions that yield adequate reputational returns in terms of upward movement in the rankings.

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Portfolio and Technology Practice

We assist clients in the evaluation and transformation of (degree and non-degree) program portfolios and provide the entrepreneurial capacity to establish new programs that are aligned with institutional aspirations. We help clients to embed modern technologies into educational offerings to augment delivery and to enhance the eLearning capabilities of faculty and staff.

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Risk Management Practice

We help clients to implement risk management as a core decision support function that fosters the development of an institutional risk culture and clarifies risk appetite on a strategic and operational level. Our software solution allows for the institution-wide tracking of risk management activities and standardized reporting to satisfy compliance requirements.

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Founders & team

Your success is about more than where you’ll go and how you’ll get there, it is about who you partner with to realize your ambitions.

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Mathias Falkenstein

Founder & Managing Director

Ulrich Hommel

Founder & Managing Director

Strategic Network


New Partnership with Hardcastle & Associates

Hardcastle & Associates and XOLAS announce their strategic partnership to support business schools to achieve their strategic ambitions and respond to future challenges through enhanced engagement, impact and relevance. Hardcastle & Associates and XOLAS GmbH...

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Web Update: 3 New ‘Advisory Practices’

XOLAS services have been re-grouped and restructured into three complementary advisory practices. Strategy & Quality Enhancement Practice Portfolio & Technology Practice Risk Management Practice Each practice is supported by a practice leader and a group of...

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Next Edition of the EFMD QAA

The EFMD Quality Assurance Academy (QAA) enters its next edition in September of this year. This program has been designed and is directed by Ulrich Hommel, Founding Partner of XOLAS. He also facilitates the module on project management. The QAA is a comprehensive...

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QED and XOLAS Announce Strategic Alliance

The strategic alliance between QED and XOLAS marks an exciting new stage in the growing relationship between these two higher education advisory firms. QED and XOLAS are committed to jointly engage in client acquisition and management, to realize the synergies from...

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