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.
“HPI does not only play an important role in the field of science. It also acts as an intermediary between science, business and politics. “
Dr. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
"Science at the highest standard of excellence and at the same time a strong commitment to the digital education of children and young people – if Hasso Plattner Institute didn’t already exist it would have to be invented as quickly as possible."
Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
"Hasso Plattner Institute is an impressive example of the collaborative work between science, business and politics and contributes significantly to confidence and security in information technology. It’s great that this institute exists."
Thomas de Maizière, Federal Minister of the Interior
"The Hasso Plattner Institute is a flagship project for all Germany - its exceptional construction physically expresses what has made it so successful.”
Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka
"HPI is like a lighthouse. Not only is it very innovative and flexible, but with Mr. Plattner has someone who conceptually and materially does everything so it remains on top globally."
Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner
"There's no better example of how the US and Germany work together in terms of technology engineering than the Hasso Plattner Institutes in Potsdam and at Stanford."
John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
"The HPI is a good example for innovation driven by an institution, for innovation in learning and work processes, truly living up to interdisciplinarity."
Prof. Dr. Günther Stock, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
"HPI offers an outstanding computer science education and stands for professional excellence, practical relevance and creativity. It’s also a place where high school students can come to find inspiration and develop a passion for technology and IT."
Prof. Dr. Dieter Kempf, Former President of BITKOM and CEO of DATEV eG
“HPI recognized early on the economic and social importance of complex software systems and helps to answer pressing questions about the future in these areas.”
Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, acatech
"Thinking about complex systems and how we organize them is an elementary component of the teaching and research at this institute, and that’s very impressive."
Vinton Cerf, Google
“Based on the numerous projects I was involved in with industry partners at HPI, I found my studies to be very exciting and diverse.“