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Welcoming German Officials at HPI Lecture Series

Welcoming German Officials at HPI Lecture Series

Prof. Dr. Meinel, Director & CEO of HPI; KMK President Ministerin Ernst, Head of the ZfA Fr. Toledo, and Consul General Südbeck


GISSV is excited to be partnering with the Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI). The first collaboration project is a new digital lecture series called "Learn · Design · Innovate" which launched in December 2020.

This series brings leading-edge technology experts from HPI directly to GISSV High School students and our fellow German Schools Abroad (DAS) in North America. Given the value-filled events and demand, interested parents or staff are welcomed to join the lecture series.

On February 25, 2021, we had the special honor of having several distinguished guests join us for our Hasso Plattner Institute Digital Lecture series. All of whom shared the same passion and commitment for supporting our school(s) and digital transformation in the classrooms. Thank you to Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, Director, and CEO of HPI, for his fascinating presentation and the encouraging words from Britta Ernst, Ministerin and KMK President, Heike Toledo, Head of the ZfA, and Consul General Hans-Ulrich Südbeck.

It was a rare and distinguished honor to have both Ministerin Britta Ernst and Heike Toledo join us to discuss digital transformation for schools in Germany and those abroad. As a member of the German Schools Abroad network, we were excited to hear about Germany's commitment to digital innovation and the pilot programs underway.

We have all learned a lot from this past year with the unexpected shifts to Distance Learning. These lessons will serve us well as we continue to drive innovation to benefit our current and future students. We also wholeheartedly agree with Ministerin Ernst's statement regarding technology providing unique opportunities to connect us all regardless of physical distance or time zones. This HPI digital lecture series is indeed proof of just that. We have brought together the German Schools of North America, HPI, and guests from Germany to teach our High School students cutting-edge developments in IT. Another positive effect is that it has fostered more extensive interactivity between all the DAS schools in North America on the teacher and student levels.

If you would like to view previous lectures, you may find them all on our event page here:

The next lecture will take place on March 15 with Prof. Dr. Anja Lehmann the first female speaker in the series.