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Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking - d-school

The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town is a place where creative intelligence is unlocked, and where future-ready leadership is developed.  

Known as the UCT d-school, it was launched as a strategic initiative in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor in August 2015 with funding provided by Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner and the Hasso Plattner Trust. The d-school at UCT is one of only three prestigious HPIs in the world. It joins the earlier established  HPIs at the University of Potsdam in Berlin, Germany, and Stanford University in the USA.

The d-school offers training in design thinking to UCT students and staff.  It also offers design thinking engagements for industry and government leaders.  Design thinking is a methodology, or mindset, that facilitates innovative solutions to problems and operates at the interface of human values, business and technology. 

During April 2017, the d-school was officially incorporated organizationally as a unit in CHED although the Director, Richard Perez, retains direct accountability to the OVC and HP Trust.