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Cooperation & Partnerships

The expansion of international research partnerships is an important goal for the Faculty. To do this, it seeks to benefit from networks and create synergy effects. They seek to strengthen their efforts to work together in different forms of cooperation, such as joint international publications, scholarly conferences, and exchanges for international scholars and visiting scholars. Special importance is assigned to expanding international mobility for lecturers.

University and Faculty Partnerships

The university partnerships of the University of Potsdam and Faculty partnerships form the basis for cooperative ventures and successful relationships with the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. These include:

The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences is cooperating with the University of Opole, the State University of Economics, St. Petersburg, the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) and the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in the frame of the East-Partnership-Program which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Young Academics

One of the Faculty’s foremost priorities is to support international young academics and to recruit excellent young researchers. The international research training group, 'Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations' (WIPCAD), plays a prominent role in this regard. It was created in the fall of 2012 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The program’s hallmark is the combination of innovation and research with interdisciplinary excellence in the analysis of policy and administration, which corresponds to the specialized education in the administrative sciences.

Opportunities for international doctoral studies are also possible through the Cotutelle procedure. Our aim is to increase the number of international doctorates while exercising strict compliance with internationally applicable quality standards. The cooperation with the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS) is particularly helpful for doctoral candidates. The PoGS offers especially qualified national and international young academics the optimal conditions for doctoral and post-doctoral studies. Targeted funding also contributes to strengthening and networking the research priorities at the University of Potsdam.

International Cooperation in Teaching and Research

The subjects and chairs in the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences cultivate comprehensive cooperative relationships in research, teaching, and joint development work. Joint research projects in which chairs work together with cooperation partners in Europe or in a global context include for example:

Along with joint research projects, bilateral cooperative relationships are predominant among the chairs and subject areas in research and teaching with universities and scholars in such locations as China, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Hawaii/Mongolia, Iran, Israel and Palestine, Italy, Canada, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Czech Republic, Turkey, and the USA.

Collaboration typically takes the form of working on joint research topics that result in joint scholarly conferences and workshops, publications, lecturer exchanges (guest lecturers), with courses offered at the partner institution or on the Faculty.

One important, long-term international cooperative venture is the scholarly journal for international politics, WeltTrends. The editorial office is located at the University of Potsdam, is closely networked with the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences in terms of staff, and is published together with the West-Institut Posen. WeltTrends has discussed foreign policy and international topics since 1993. WeltTrends has been discussing international scientific topics intensively since 1993, since 2015 WeltTrends is published monthly.

Erasmus+ Cooperation

The Erasmus+ Program provides interested parties with many opportunities for ‘lifelong learning’ and targeted cooperation in the field of higher education.

Guest lecturers received funding from the Erasmus+ lecturer mobility program for teaching at European partner institutions. Guest lecturers are meant to strengthen the European dimension of the host institution, enhance their course offerings, and convey specialized knowledge to students who cannot or do not want to study abroad.

The development of joint programs of study at partner institutions, and the exchange of teaching content and methodology, play a special role. People from international companies and organizations can be invited to German universities for the purpose of teaching.

Students can devise their own mobility program from a comprehensive set of cooperation tools. Lecturer mobility must also be viewed in the context of this network. A wide variety of opportunities are available for interested lecturers. They can submit applications once a year to the International Relations Office to finance planned teaching stays for an academic year.

The lecturer mobility program often serves as the foundation for continuing cooperative relationships in the field of research as well.