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.
"It’s a method based on common sense." (Hasso Plattner)
Design Thinking at Hasso Plattner Institute follows in the tradition of a creative entrepreneurial attitude, with a consistent focus on the human perspective. Teaching, research, and professional training have always been targeted to meet a single objective: making Design Thinking useful for processes of innovation and change.
We have learned one thing from the more than 1000 student projects, the interaction with roughly 700 professionals from industry every year, and our Design Thinking research program: the definitions of Design Thinking are as multifaceted and individual as the people who practice it.
Statements on Design Thinking
"Design Thinking is a powerful team-building experience in a exciting work space."
Roland Scharrer, Lead Data Scientist; Managing Consultant Capgemini
"Design Thinking for me: No restrictions,focus on creativity,free your mind,team power."
Ina Killmann, Assistant of Board; Member of Sales and Marketing Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge
"Design Thinking to me is an eclectic toolbox and process to find new solutions based on new insights."
Dörte Hartmann-Kerl, Management Volkswagen AG / Innovation
"Design Thinking is a creative, positive and very productive way of working."
Stephanie Reimann, Marketing & Communication; Media International Volkswagen Group
"Design Thinking is fast and furious, quick and dirty, more doing than thinking."