Hasso Plattner's commitment to fostering the sciences is both exceptional and exemplary. In the end of 2007, Mr. Plattner was awarded the special medal by the government of Brandenburg. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities honored his efforts by awarding the Berlin-born entrepreneur the Leibniz Medal in 2005. In 2002, the University of Potsdam presented the 65-year-old benefactor with an honorary doctorate. In the summer of 1998, Hasso Plattner announced the foundation of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Software Systems Engineering (HPI). Not only has Plattner financed the HPI (pledging a total in excess of EUR 200 million), he is also personally invested as head of the "Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts" research group. During the federal government's national IT summit that took place at the Hasso Plattner Institute in late 2006, Plattner announced that he would be extending the HPI with the launch of the "School of Design Thinking". Since 2007, students entering the final stages of their degree courses will have the opportunity of working in multidisciplinary teams, learning to design creatively innovative IT-related products and services. Plattner has been linking science and business for many years now. It was to mark his achievements in this area that the Saarland University in Saarbrücken awarded him an honorary doctorate back in 1990. In 1994, the same university appointed Plattner Honorary Professor of Business Informatics and in 1998 named him an Honorary Senator. Hasso Plattner is also a patron of the sciences in Baden-Württemberg. In October 2003, his foundation’s EUR 10 million donation enabled extensions to be made to the university library in Mannheim Castle. Hasso Plattner has received numerous tributes and awards for his contribution to business and science. In 1998, Manager magazine awarded the technology expert and winner of the prestigious Information Technology Leadership Award for Global Integration a place in its Hall of Fame, which honours individuals who have been instrumental in driving forward Germany’s commercial, societal and social growth. Plattner topped Time Magazine Europe’s 2001 list of the most prominent and influential figures in IT. During a ceremony to mark the benefactor’s 60th birthday on 21 January 2004, the German Chancellor - then Gerhard Schröder - recognized his achievements with the words: "We need many more Hasso Plattners and SAPs to get Germany’s economy moving forward".