The Hasso Plattner Institute Research School at UCT, in Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D), serves as a gateway for educating sub-Saharan African information technologists, and in the grand scheme, to become a leading centre of excellence in designing and understanding computational solutions (both algorithmic and user centric) and systems to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
To this end, HPI-UCT shall promote and encourage:
- The education of the brightest PhD students from sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to offer attractive funding to this pool of candidates for whom few other funding channels are available for study at South African universities.
- Development of strong research collaborations with others in the Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI) as a leading world establishment in information technology.
Since HPI Research School @ UCT began its work in 2009, 18 scholarship holders have successfully completed their PhD theses.
The school is financially supported by the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering.