Educating the Digital Pioneers of tomorrow
CODE is a Berlin-based state-accredited university of applied sciences that offers bachelor’s degree programs in the field of Digital Product Development.
When Thomas Bachem – self-taught software engineer and designer – was looking for study programs to promote his endeavors as an internet entrepreneur, he was disappointed to see that the academic landscape mostly focused on the never-changing basic principles of Computer Science, instead of the exciting new possibilities of the internet and its opportunities.
He decided to study Economics at a private business school in Cologne, which is where he experienced firsthand the radical drive to apply academic theories to the real world and a personal, supportive learning environment. Out of both his fruitless search for a truly applied software-engineering program and his revolutionary experience at the private university, the idea for CODE was born: CODE would be to Computer Science what business schools are to classic Economics programs.
One decade later, Thomas had already founded several successful internet startups. As an entrepreneur and employer, he discovered time and time again that good software engineers, designers and product managers – the key drivers for ambitious digital companies – are a rare resource in Europe and Germany in particular because classical university programs rarely qualify young men and women for the challenges of the new economy.
Our professors focus on enabling our students to have meaningful firsthand experiences, guiding them to reflect on these experiences critically, and empowering them to master challenging interdisciplinary projects.
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The best way to predict the future is to invent it.Alan Kay, Computer Pioneer
This core belief is widely shared among industry leaders and is the reason why more than two dozen of the most renowned, tech-enthusiastic internet and startup entrepreneurs back CODE.
Recently, there were several articles in the press releasing the names of our supporters and investors.
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Our academic council provides us with the latest insights into our field‘s research, a strong tie to the scientific community, and decades of experience in creating meaningful learning environments. They help us identify those professors, researchers and lecturers who share our drive for excellence, our common mission, and support our educational approach.
Economist and Philosopher, Senior Professor and former president of Witten/Herdecke University
Entrepreneur and Educator, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Berlin School of Economics and Law
CODE offers a project-orientated and challenge-based learning experience that stimulates personal growth and enables students to develop professional competencies as well as communicative and social skills. CODE is supported by two dozen of Germany’s most renowned internet entrepreneurs and provides an income-based delayed tuition model to attract the most talented students, regardless of their personal financial background.
Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.David Frost, Journalist
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