Hasso Plattner Institute for IT-Systems Engineering in Potsdam is Germany’s only completely privately financed university institute – a prime example for a successful Public-Private Partnership. The institute was founded in 1998.
The founder is Germany’s probably most eminent private patron of science: Prof. Dr. h. c. Hasso Plattner (Co-Founder of SAP and Chairman of its supervisory board). He established the non-profit “Hasso Plattner Foundation for IT-Systems Engineering”, the owner and sole shareholder of the Institute. Its legal form of organization is a limited company. Plattner finances Germany’s excellence center for IT-Systems Engineering to 100 percent.