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.
Innovative ideas are the raw material of the future. To promote a special innovation culture, Hasso Plattner Institute offers supplementary academic training in “Design Thinking” – the first of its kind at a German university.
In Design Thinking, teams of four to six students from different disciples work together on a wide variety of projects. Guided by trainers from the HPI School of Design Thinking and seasoned professors and lecturers from different departments at Berlin and Brandenburg universities, students develop solutions for different problems according to a unique and specific methodology.
In the first semester (Basic Track), students get familiarized with the Design Thinking approach and are confronted with different areas of concentration. In the subsequent three (or six) week projects this knowledge is deepened and applied to the relevant issue at hand. The problem definition of the six week project is pursued with external project partners from industry and society.
The optional second semester (Advanced Track) encompasses a 12-week project with project partners who are entirely external. The small student groups each tackle a real problem and design innovative solutions, which are subsequently put into practice by the company.
There is no fixed curriculum in the project-oriented, postgraduate study program. The opportunity to begin the program is possible at any time. The optional Advanced Track can be pursued either directly after conclusion of the Basic Track or at a later date.