The Hasso Plattner Institute

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam holds an unique position on the landscape of German universities. The highly ranked Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs in IT-Systems Engineering have a high practical and innovation orientation. The HPI has no tuition fees and is financed through private funds donated by its founder, Professor Hasso Plattner, who co-founded the software giant SAP. Plattner is the most important private supporter of science in Germany and will contribute to further promote this unique university-level training in IT Systems Engineering.

One of the HPI's major goals is to become an elite, world-class educational facility. The institute already offers an optimal study and work environment and cooperates very closely with the business community. The HPI also maintains strong international contacts, for example with Stanford University, the American ivy league university in Palo Alto, California. 

At the HPI, approximately 500 highly gifted young students are currently pursuing their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in IT Systems Engineering with the help of twelve professors and over 200 senior researchers, lecturers and research assistants. Study programs are structured according to the needs of the IT industry, and students become acquainted not only with individual approaches to software technologies, but also with overall approaches to entire IT systems. HPI graduates understand, develop and put into practice highly complex IT systems. Each graduating class represents a new group of outstanding minds destined to become the international IT industry's most prominent players.

Video: The Hasso Plattner Institute