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.
The city of Potsdam confers honorary citizenship on Hasso Plattner
In January, Hasso Plattner opens his new Museum Barberini in Potsdam’s city center
HPI’s PhD student Stefanie Müller starts as a junior professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
At CeBIT, HPI presents the latest research and development results from the world of Big Data for the “d!conomy”
HPI professor emeritus and German Internet pioneer, Werner Zorn has been appointed by China to the high-level advisory committee of the World Internet Conference
Hasso Plattner Institute’s software system CloudRAID has become the recipient of the Innovation Award 2015 of the IT security association TeleTrust
In the context of the openHPI forum, the interactive learning platform of Hasso Plattner Institute has been honored as “Landmark” in the initiative “Germany—Land of Ideas”
In the first large-scale scientific study on the effects of Design Thinking in daily life, HPI researchers were able to demonstrate the success of the innovation methods learned at the HPI School of Design Thinking
openHPI, the learning platform of Hasso Plattner Institute, reached the enrollment mark of 200,000 in August 2015
During a visit to Hasso Plattner Institute, EU Digital Commissioner Oettinger spoke in favor of a digital single market for Europe
In cooperation with the UN, Hasso Plattner Institute launched the online learning platform in China https://openune.cn
HPI PhD graduate Ziawasch Abedjan was honored with the award for the best dissertation by the Universitätsgesellschaft (University Society) of the University of Potsdam
HPI founder, Professor Hasso Plattner has been honored by the German American Business Association (GABA) with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With this award, GABA pays tribute to Plattner’s time-honored commitment to German-American economic relations.
October: HPI launches intensive training program in Design Thinking targeting those who drive innovation in business
Founder Hasso Plattner receives the Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award in October
3rd Business Plan Competition for HPI students concludes in September
Starting in August companies can contact students directly via the career portal HPI Connect
May: at the 2nd Potsdam Conference on National Cyber Security, HPI presents useful new services for Web users
HPI scientists name a newly developed programming language “Babelsberg“
At CeBIT in March, HPI presents the touchscreen innovation “Fiberio,” winner of the 2014 CeBIT Innovation Award
openHPI celebrates its 100,000th enrollment in February
In cooperation with the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (Brandenburg Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit - BIGS), HPI organizes the Potsdam Conference on National Cyber Security. Guests are high-ranking representatives from politics, security agencies, business and science
HPI again achieves top results in two CHE computer science rankings in May and December. HPI’s computer science degree program is chosen among the best at German universities
October: launch of the free online learning platform “openHPI” (www.openHPI.de)
September: festivities in celebration of five years of the HPI School of Design Thinking at the d.confestival
2nd Business Plan Competition for HPI students
Excellent Bachelor graduates in computer science can apply for a new Master's program which is designed to lead up to a Ph.D. degree
At CeBIT Prof. Hasso Plattner and his HPI deputy chair, Dr. Alexander Zeier launched their new book: It discusses the In-memory Technology which is a result of the combined high-tech research of HPI and SAP
November: German Federal President Christian Wulff stops over at the HPI on his inaugural visit to the city of Potsdam
July: opening of the new main building
First business plan contest exclusively for HPI students
June: opening of the HPI‘s top-level research lab, "Future SOC Lab"
April: launch of the second branch of the HPI Research School at Technion in Haifa (Israel)
The HPI School of Design Thinking triples its student capacity to 120 students per term in 2010
HPI ranks first in the CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development) list of computer science programs
10-year anniversary celebration with two scientific conferences
As of the HPI’s 10-year anniversary, the institute lists 460 Bachelor and 190 Master degrees, 26 PhDs and one PostDoc
April: launch of the first international branch of the HPI Research School at University of Cape Town in South Africa
amongst three other universities the HPI is #1 at the CHE-Ranking
In February Prof. Hasso Plattner places the foundation stone for the new HPI extension building
November: launch of a cooperation with Stanford University in the field of innovation research
Creation of two new research groups: System Analysis and Modeling, and Human-Computer Interaction
HPI is being awarded "Selected Location" the third time by the initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas".
Start of HPI School of Design Thinking
300th Bachelor's and 100th Master's degree
for the second time HPI is "selected location" in the innovation campaign "Germany - Land of Ideas"
December: the federal government’s first National IT Summit is held at HPI
Creation of two new research groups: Software Architectures, and Information Systems
HPI lists 200 Bachelor and 50 Master degrees
HPI is "selected location" of the innovation campaign "Germany - land of ideas"
#4 at the CHE-Ranking
October: founding of the HPI Research School
July: founding of the venture capital fund Hasso Plattner Ventures in close vicinity of HPI
In May, the first Master's degrees are awarded.
Institute founder Hasso Plattner appoints Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel as the new Scientific Director and announces plans for a large-scale extension of the Institute in Potsdam and Palo Alto as well as cooperation with Stanford University.
In April, the first Bachelor's degree is awarded
in the summer semester, the first Master's program commences.
Hasso Plattner awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Potsdam
In October, the Institute's new premises are officially opened.
In July, the foundation stone for the Institute´s own premises is laid.
In October, the Institute commences its academic work in rented premises
The Hasso Plattner Foundation is set up in December.
In October, Hasso Plattner founds the "Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering" as a business company
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Wendt is appointed Scientific Director.
"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