The Hasso Plattner Institute offers degree programs in “IT Systems Engineering” that are unique Germany-wide. It is a practical form of computer science study that places special emphasis on the conception and development of complex software systems. The education at Hasso Plattner Institute is tuition free.
Research in HPI’s topic areas is carried out in Potsdam and internationally at the Hasso Plattner Institute Research School. It is distinguished by its high scientific standard, practical approach and close cooperation with industry. The primary focus of HPI’s research is on highly complex IT systems.
Hasso Plattner Institute holds an unique position on the landscape of German universities. Research and teaching are concentrated in the area of IT systems engineering. The highly ranked Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs have a high practical and innovation orientation. Design Thinking spans a bridge between Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design in Stanford.
The Hasso Plattner Institute has educational programs for both high school students and working professionals. It operates its own IT learning platform - openHPI - which provides free online courses. The Youth Academy organizes computer science camps and events for high school students. Professionals can take advantage of educational opportunities in the field of Design Thinking at the HPI Academy.
At the Hasso Plattner Institute, a new generation of scientific elites enjoy excellent study and research conditions as only a privately financed institute can offer. And yet, even with by these outstanding facilities and programs, students do not pay any tuition fees.
The number of professors (currently 9, soon to be 10) and other scientific instructors (about 40) stands in a very generous ratio to the number of students, currently around 450. Intensive personal advising is therefore guaranteed and provided to every student.
Each year, approximately 80 of the best-qualified applicants are accepted into the Bachelor Program. First-semester students are given a great start with the so-called studienbegleitendes Seminar. Students choosing to enter the Master's Program (the HPI accepts approximately 60 applicants per year), enjoy the personal advising of a professor who acts as their mentor. Students have easy access to free computer work stations in the labs and seminars. The HPI's various buildings and technical equipment are state-of-the-art.
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