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Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Students from all faculties of the university can study how to develop, plan and implement ideas on setting up a business.
Photo: Karla Fritze
"The University of Potsdam is no ivory tower. We make sure that our research results are quickly put into practice, and we support our students in starting up their own business." - Prof. Dr. Dieter Wagner, Director of Potsdam Transfer

Potsdam Transfer – Knowledge in Use

The University of Potsdam regards itself as an entrepreneurial university that promotes the application of acquired and generated knowledge thus ensuring long-term future prospects for its members and campuses. As the biggest university in the Federal Land Brandenburg and through networking with extramural research institutions, it creates an enormous knowledge pool every year. It is important to make use of this with innovations as the driving force for the economic region Berlin-Potsdam- Brandenburg. Therefore, the university established Potsdam Transfer, the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Knowledge- and Technology-Transfer, to actively support entrepreneurial activities of members and alumni. With its four departments RESEARCH and EDUCATION, STARTUP and TRANSFER Potsdam Transfer uses a holistic approach.

Bridge to the Market - UP Transfer GmbH

The UP Transfer Gesellschaft für Wissens- und Technologietransfer mbH was founded in 1998 to be able to react flexibly to practical needs. An important task of this non-profit subsidiary of the university is to efficiently complement excellence in teaching and research at the University of Potsdam with a professional transfer of scientific and research results into the market. UP Transfer GmbH creates the bridge between science and the market.

Components of this competitive transfer process are further education, applied research and development, human resources management and supporting services for science. The offers by UP Transfer GmbH include practical courses of study and further inservice training in the private and public sector. Research and development teams work on solutions in various fields of application like chemistry, physics, life sciences and geosciences as well as information and communication technologies. The services of the company are rounded off by consultations on exploitation of property rights and technology as well as the event service and the UNIshop of the university. Partners and customers of UP Transfer GmbH are private persons, business enterprises, organizations and research institutions from Germany and abroad.

From University into Practice - The Career Service

The Career Service of the University of Potsdam provides comprehensive support to ease the transition into professional life. In seminars and workshops, students and graduates can train skills that will be useful for their career. General information meetings and individual consultations help them to find their professional orientation and to elaborate the right application strategies.

Those who already want to test theoretical knowledge and skills during their studies will find concrete offers on the job and internship service platform. The Career Service helps to analyse advertised positions, prepare application papers, and understand job and internship references. This ensures that students will get the internship that is the most suitable for their individual career.