The HPI in Potsdam is the only university faculty in Germany where a degree program in "IT Systems Engineering" is completely and privately financed—made possible by founder Prof. Hasso Plattner. Plattner is co-founder of the software giant SAP, where he serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Plattner, who is one of Germany’s most important private patrons of the sciences, has thus enabled a unique university education in IT system 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.
Reflecting the needs of the industry, the educational program at HPI is provided by a total of 14 professors and more than 200 senior researchers, lecturers, and research assistants. 550 highly gifted young people are currently enrolled in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program in IT system engineering.
The HPI School of Design Thinking, Europe’s first innovation school, offers supplementary programs in Design Thinking for 240 students from all kinds of disciplines. Design Thinking is a human-centered, team-based approach to developing innovative solutions for complex problems. At the HPI, Design Thinking is applied in numerous projects.