The Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH, Potsdam, Germany (HPI) at the University of Potsdam is Germany’s university excellence center for IT Systems Engineering. The HPI is the only university institute in Germany offering the bachelor’s and master’s program in “IT Systems Engineering” – a practical and engineering-oriented study program in computer science, in which 480 students are presently enrolled. The HPI School of Design Thinking is Europe’s first innovation school for university students. It is based on the Stanford model of the d.school and offers 240 places yearly for a supplementary study.
There are a total of ten HPI professors and over 50 guest professors, lecturers and contracted teachers at the Institute. HPI carries out research noted for its high standard of excellence in its ten topic areas. Research work is also conducted at the Potsdam HPI Research School for PhD candidates as well as at its branches in Cape Town, Haifa and Nanjing. HPI always earns the highest positions in the CHE university ranking. Since the beginning of September 2012, HPI has offered openhpi.de, an interactive Internet educational platform. Its free online courses are open to everyone.