Open HPI: Digital education and university knowledge for everyone – at any level, at any time and for free

The online education platform for digital general education not only conveys academic knowledge in an understandable way, but also free of charge and without restriction of access.

The fact that lifelong learning takes people further is an old idea – in times of digital developments, challenges and changes, however, it is an activated idea and therefore even hot under new forms. Anyone who continuously educates themselves evolves at the pulse of social, economic and digital developments and thus opens up the possibility not only to feel this pulse, but also to actively influence it.

The interactive learning platform for everyone

The Hasso Plattner Institute launched its Open HPI interactive learning platform in 2012. This award-winning educational platform aims to make available to the interested public, beyond registered students, a wide range of educational opportunities.

That’s why all courses and learning events are integrated into an innovative and interactive learning environment that can be used for free. In addition, learners and students are connected to each other within a social platform with virtual learning rooms, questions in the group and discussions are possible at any time.

The course offer

The offer is very wide and ranges from basic computer knowledge to the latest developments in Internet technology and computer security, through specific courses on topics such as cloud computing, digital identities, artificial intelligence, deep learning and much more. The courses are available in German and English, roughly summarized on the following general topics:

  • Big Data and AI
  • Cloud and operating systems
  • cyber security
  • digital health
  • business computing
  • fundamentals
  • the Internet
  • Professional skills
  • programming

There are no admission restrictions, all courses and training modules can be booked freely after a one-time registration on the portal. It is also possible to join courses already in progress.

To make sure you get started, all course modules have the appropriate label: Junior, Beginner, Advanced or Expert.

There are also certificates

Coupled with homework and exams, courses and concrete learning successes are confirmed by certificates and performance records. So not only do you learn for yourself, but there are also documents for the next steps on the career ladder. Anyone who does not like exams and certificates is always welcome – the desired depth of learning belongs to all participants.

Why is all education offered for free?

Open HPI is a program of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering, founded in 1998 at the University of Potsdam. The institute is financed by a foundation created by the co-founders of SAP Hasso Plattner launched and has so far provided more than 200 million euros. Plattner also established the US$35 million Hasso Plattner Institute of Design with Stanford University in 2005, where scientists from various disciplines are expected to jointly develop user-friendly innovations.

Plattner is active as a donor and patron in various fields, he supports cultural and social projects as a philanthropist and is particularly involved as a sponsor of science and education. The Open HPI educational offer is therefore available free of charge to all interested parties, the Hasso Plattner Foundation bears the costs for the university and education system.

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