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The Faculty has assigned priority to the development of an internationalization concept that is aligned with the overall internationalization concept at the University of Potsdam. The promotion of intercultural dialogue and exchange stands at the top of the agenda. In order to create an international and fair staffing policy in academia, the Faculty participates in a project at the University of Potsdam that focuses on implementing the European Charter for Researchers and complying with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Internationalization Concept

The goals of the faculty in the field of internationalization have been widely discussed in the faculty and summarized in an internationalization concept. The objectives are to be implemented in the coming years with appropriate measures at the faculty.

Intercultural Dialogue

The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences assigns great importance to promoting intercultural dialogue and strengthening the intercultural competencies of all status groups. The Faculty considers it important to create a collegial atmosphere of mutual understanding.

The Global Café was established to raise awareness about international issues among Faculty members. The Global Café began initially as a series of events that focused on current international themes, especially political topics. The organization is supported by an initiative group comprised primarily of international students at the Faculty and students in the PCPM Master of Public Management (MPM) program. Integration tutors also support the organization. The purpose of the Global Café is to offer the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and the PCPM a permanent space for intercultural exchange and to provide a fixed location where discussions about current affairs can take place.

Strengthening intercultural competencies also means increasing multilingualism. In this regard, you can benefit from the courses offered by Zessko, as well as special foreign-language offerings for employees in non-academic positions.

E-Learning is also an important instrument for strengthening intercultural dialogue. The deployment of e-learning methods enables more than just media-supported teaching organization tools and ways to document work and results within university teaching; e-learning can also bring the world as a guest to a local seminar, thereby creating an international experience. International experts can share their knowledge in a video conference without having to undertake expensive travel. Or students in Potsdam can communicate and cooperate online with students from international partner institutions. This mutual exchange contributes to the development of intercultural competencies, deepens (inter)disciplinary expertise, and promotes informal learning.

The International Office organizes and offers Buddy Program, thereby actively supporting contacts between national and international students, assists in the preparation for study abroad for national students (outgoings), helps with the advising and supervision of international students at the Faculty (incomings), and thereby strengthens the overall intercultural competencies of faculty members.

Charter and Code

In the context of its internationalization strategy, the University of Potsdam has decided to implement the European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

A working group led by the Vice President for International Affairs at the Division for Planning, Statistics, and Research Affairs is developing a report and action plan based on its findings. The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences is participating on the working group and in the discussions and surveys, contributing actively in a flexible way to the decentralized implementation of the program.