Partner collaboration

Led by our professors and mentors, our students are exposed to real-life experience in interdisciplinary teams. Our partners are invited to contribute to this “learning by doing” philosophy and can provide case studies as well as delegate experts to come share in person.

Real-life cases for real-life learning.

We’re dedicated to teaming up with best-in-class players to focus on the most relevant technologies and learn concrete and applicable skills through projects.

Foster smart interactions.

Our students, professors and partners are encouraged to come together at regular constructive meet-ups and for other more typical occasions (like job fairs or for internships).

It’s all about people.

At CODE, we value soft and social skills as much as the capacity to use the best technologies in their most advanced forms. People are key, and we teach our students how to be team-players.

What do our partners say about collaborating with CODE?

Our curated partner network already comprises 11 partners:

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform. It offers a one-stop convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles, with free delivery and returns for its more than 21.1 million active customers in 15 European markets.

Against the backdrop of skills shortages, digitalisation and a shift in values, XING supports more than 12 million members in reconciling work and private life as seamlessly as possible.

Facebook was launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow students from Harvard University. It has developed into a leading social network and currently has more than 2 billion active users.

Headquartered in Düsseldorf since its launch in 2005, trivago’s team of more than 1,000 creative and driven entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe wake up every day to build a hotel search engine that is straightforward, fast and unbiased. It went public in 2016.

SinnerSchrader is one of Europe’s leading digital agencies for design and digital products. “The development of transformational products requires cross-functionally trained talents with a creative flair for technology. CODE tests the disruption of university teaching, and we are happy to be part of this community. The perfect match for the SinnerSchrader philosophy,” adds Managing Director Axel Averdung.

“CODE wants to train the digital pioneers of tomorrow. It is precisely these pioneers who are needed at Porsche to develop our products, new digital services, and the mobility concepts of the future and to improve our internal processes,” says Andreas Haffner, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Social Affairs at Porsche.

METRO is a leading international specialist for wholesale and food retailing. The company is active in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. With its sales brands METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as delivery services and digitization initiatives, METRO sets the standards of tomorrow: for customer focus, digital solutions, and sustainable business models.

Part of Allianz Group, Euler Hermes is the largest credit and trade insurer in the world. Our services enable companies to choose the right customers and markets, protecting their financial health and cash flow from bad debt losses.

Amazon web services (AWS) is a cloud innovative products and solutions company known in the innovative approach with the distinctive ‘Working Backwards’ mechanism, helps customers innovate like Amazon and build new capabilities and solutions on the AWS platform to address the customer

Telekom Innovation Laboratories is the Research and Development unit of Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies. It cooperates with top universities, startups, investors, research institutes and corporate innovation hubs in the core fields of Blockchain, Intelligence, Experience and Academia as a Service.

The Bosch Group The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility.

Partner Interactions

Our students and the CODE partners meet up in different formats throughout the year

This can be the official Project Pre-Phase, when students join partner projects, at conferences, listening to inspiring talks from partners on our campus or just at a networking event, organized by our partner department.
Here are some examples:

Fireside Chat

As a part of a partner event series, Vice President and Global Head of Enabling of the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence -Martin Thomas gave a talk at CODE about his role at Bosch, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. The Bosch Center for AI was founded in 2017, over the years they worked on 147 patents, with 170 AI experts.
A Fireside Chat followed his talk with CODE’s professors Frank Trollmann, Florencia Noriega, Sebastian Rosengrün, and CODE student Elias Wolf.

Hackathon with Telekom

Together with our partners, Telekom and Factory Berlin, we’ve participated in the #Diffusion2019 hackathon. Our students spent two fruitful days full of hacking, workshops, and panels, listening to experiences from experts on the latest trends in enterprise & blockchain, token economics, interoperability, deep learning & AI, and more. Additionally, CODE professor Dr. Peter Ruppel was one of the judges.

CV and Portfolio Training

Sinner Schrader offers frequently CV training for all our students and especially portfolio feedback for our Design students.
This is really valuable for our students who have the chance to test their skills and competencies in the real-world with an HR professional from the industry.

Diversity Talk with BOSCH

CODE welcomed the partnership with Bosch by organizing a discussion with our students on the diversity topic. Feels accurate to leave this productive week with the quote by Ann-Kathrin Scheck, diversity expert from Bosch: “When similar people are working together, achieving results is easy. But if you bring people with different perspectives and backgrounds to work together – it gets harder, but the results are better.”

re:publica x Porsche

We partnered up with Porsche Digital Lab at re:publica 2019 to present several CODE student projects. ANYVR presented their virtual reality experience that unifies remote working teams around the world. Another team presented the AR drawing app ‘Shindig’ which puts the community into focus. On the third day, two of our students hosted an introductory coding workshop.

Partner’s Day

Once a year we invite all partners to roam our campus, get to know all our students and present themselves.
There is space for co-creating sessions, Partners have the chance to look at student projects and students can search for their next summer internship.

Great partners know that we are not doing something for them, but rather together with them. If a project is supported actively with guidance and feedback, the path together is more productive and fun.Koray Tekin, 22, #firstclass student

Our vision

CODE’s teaching approach is as close to real life as possible. Together with their professors, our students face the challenges of real teamwork in tackling real projects. Our partners are invited to contribute – with their own projects and experiences. In this way, a valuable exchange develops in which the learning experience always takes precedence.

CODE University is doing important work educating the next generation of students in advanced technological skills. Facebook is thrilled to support their efforts and I’m confident these students will go on to do incredible things – they’ll change our communities, our industries, and the world.– Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook