Hasso Plattner Institute

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Hasso Plattner Institute
Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH
Hasso-Plattner-Institut - logo and wordmark.svg
MottoDesign IT. Create Knowledge.
Typeprivately financed university institute
EstablishedOctober 1998[1]
DirectorChristoph Meinel, Marcus Kölling, Ralf Herbrich, Tobias Friedrich
Administrative staff
about 120[2]
Studentsabout 700[2]
AffiliationsUniversity of Potsdam
A-B-C building (former main building)
Campus panorama view
Lecture halls (old picture without main building in the background)
Mr. Net: interactive sculpture designed by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa

The Hasso Plattner Institute (Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH), abbreviated HPI, is a German information technology institute and faculty of the University of Potsdam located in Potsdam near Berlin. The teaching and research of HPI are focused on "IT-Systems Engineering". HPI was founded in 1998, and is the first, and as of 2018, the only entirely privately funded faculty[3] in Germany. It is financed entirely through private funds donated by billionaire Hasso Plattner,[4] who co-founded the software company SAP SE, and is currently the chairman of SAP's supervisory board. In addition to Christoph Meinel and Marcus Kölling, the management of HPI was expanded to include Ralf Herbrich and Tobias Friedrich on 1 November 2022.[5]


The HPI was founded in October 1998 as a public-private partnership.[1] The private partner is the "Hasso Plattner Foundation for Software Systems Engineering", which is the administrative body responsible for the HPI and its only corporate member. The foundation's legal status is that of a GmbH, a limited-liability company according to German law. As the public part of the partnership, the Bundesland Brandenburg provided the estate where several multi-storey buildings were built to form a nice campus. Hasso Plattner declared to provide at least 200 million Euros for the HPI within the first 20 years.[6] He is also actively involved as a lecturer and head of the chair on Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts,[7] where the in-memory technology was developed. In 2004, he received his honorary professorship from the University of Potsdam.

Since 2007, the HPI maintains a particularly close cooperation with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, part of Stanford University's School of Engineering. In addition to the exchange of students and scientists, an annual workshop on Design Thinking is held in Germany. German companies are simultaneously involved in joint international development projects between Potsdam and Palo Alto aimed at simplifying the implementation of such projects on both sides of the Atlantic with the help of tele-teaching technology.[citation needed]


In 2012, based on HPI's long lasting tele-TASK[8] research project, openHPI[9] has started to work. openHPI is an Internet educational platform for offering massive open online courses (MOOCs), which is embedded in a global social network. It offers free interactive online courses about different topics in information technology. Participants can become familiar with basic topics of computer science, and IT systems engineering as well as with advanced current research topics in IT. They also have the ability to discuss issues and to develop solutions in a virtual community with participants from around the globe.[10]

Rankings and awards[edit]

The Center for Higher Education Development (CHE) is an independent private non-profit organization, founded by the German Rectors' Conference and the Bertelsmann Foundation.[11] According to its university ranking in 2020, HPI's Bachelor's and Master's programs are among the four best-ranked computer science programs in the German-speaking countries with the Bachelor's program valued highest in 18 out of 28 analyzed categories and among the best in five additional categories.[12][13]

In 2012, HPI and SAP received the German Innovation Prize (Deutscher Innovationspreis), a prize awarded by Accenture, EnBW, Evonik and Wirtschaftswoche, for the development of the in-memory database SAP HANA.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Organization". Hasso Plattner Institute. Retrieved 5 October 2019. ...founded in October 1998 as part of a public-private partnership...
  2. ^ a b "People". Hasso Plattner Institute. Retrieved 1 November 2022. ...more than 700 students are enrolled in the bachelor and master degree programs...
  3. ^ Mallwitz, Gudrun (4 April 2017). "Bundesweit erste privat finanzierte Fakultät an Uni". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Archived from the original on 29 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  4. ^ roinsider (24 July 2018). "German billionaire makes biggest donation to a Romanian university in 30 years". Romania Insider. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Management". Hasso Plattner Institute. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  6. ^ Wilkens, Andreas (5 November 2004). "Hasso-Plattner-Institut soll "Weltklasse-Niveau" erreichen". heise online. Archived from the original on 4 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Founder Hasso Plattner". Hasso Plattner Institute. Retrieved 5 October 2019. Plattner not only finances HPI, as head of the 'Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts' department...
  8. ^ HPI Internet Lecture Video Archive
  9. ^ openHPI: The MOOC platform of the HPI
  10. ^ Willems, Christian; Jasper, Johannes; Meinel, Christoph (26 August 2013). "Introducing hands-on experience to a Massive Open Online Course on openHPI". Proceedings of 2013 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering (TALE): 307–313. doi:10.1109/TALE.2013.6654451. ISBN 978-1-4673-6355-6. S2CID 22137372.
  11. ^ "Funding of the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE)".
  12. ^ "HPI in the CHE ranking". Hasso Plattner Institute. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  13. ^ "CHE 2020 ranking for computer science". Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  14. ^ Behme, Henning (17 March 2012). "SAP und HPI erhalten Deutschen Innovationspreis 2012". heise online. Archived from the original on 29 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.

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