Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

More than Computer Science: the Professional Skills

At HPI, students not only receive an excellent IT education, but we round out the curriculum with courses that optimally prepare them for professional life in business, academia or their own startup. Professional skills are core competencies that make a decisive difference in studies and jobs and are indispensable for shaping the digital society.

Innovative ability, problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial thinking and action are particularly encouraged at HPI. Social competence, curiosity and flexibility are also required to successfully implement projects in a team. Ethical awareness and basic legal knowledge form the basis for understanding, assessing and shaping interactions between information technology and society.


The Professional Skills at HPI are characterized by

  • High practical content
  • Small seminars in workshop format
  • Interdisciplinary basic lectures
  • Colloquiums with top-class speakers

Professional skills are an integral part of the study program at HPI. The corresponding courses are included in the curriculum as compulsory or elective courses. For the Professional Skills modules, HPI offers courses on topics such as management and leadership, entrepreneurship, design thinking, as well as law, ethics and data protection.

The professional skills are taught by professionals from the field, experienced coaches and HPI professors and staff. Whether the topic concerns entrepreneurship, communication management or legal issues the lecturers are all experts in their respective fields and contribute their knowledge and experience to the interdisciplinary teaching at HPI.

This lecture series is offered in addition to the Professional Skills courses and is open to all HPI students. The various guest lectures highlight interdisciplinary topics. Top experts from a wide range of fields invite students to interdisciplinary excursions and inspire them to think outside the box.