The Hasso Plattner Institute

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam is the only university-level institute in Germany offering study programs in IT-Systems Engineering. The HPI has no tuition fees and is financed entirely through private funds donated by its founder, Professor Hasso Plattner, who co-founded the software giant SAP and is currently its chairman of supervisory board. Plattner is the most important private supporter of science in Germany and will contribute to further promote this unique university-level training in IT Systems Engineering.

One of the HPI's major goals is to become an elite, world-class educational facility. The institute already offers an optimal study and work environment and cooperates very closely with the business community. The HPI also maintains strong international contacts, for example with Stanford University, the American ivy league university in Palo Alto, California. 

At the HPI, approximately 450 highly gifted young students are currently pursuing their Bachelor's and  Master's degrees in IT Systems Engineering with the help of roughly 50 professors and lecturers. Study programs are structured according to the needs of the IT industry, and students become acquainted not only with individual approaches to software technologies, but also with overall approaches to entire IT systems. HPI graduates understand, develop and put into practice highly complex IT systems. Each graduating class represents a new group of outstanding minds destined to become the international IT industry's most prominent players.