After its excellent result in the 2019 “Times Higher Education” (THE) ranking, Brandenburg’s largest higher education institution has once more achieved a top position in this year’s THE U 50 ranking of the universities that are less than 50 years old. Out of 414 ranked institutions of higher education from 60 countries, the University of Potsdam ranks 28th. In Germany, it occupies the third place behind the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Passau. In global comparison, the University of Potsdam is on par with institutions like the Medical University of Vienna and the James Cook University in Australia.
“Ranking among the 30 best ‘young’ universities in the world is outstanding and highlights our competitiveness at the international level once more,” says the President of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D. “Especially in times of the corona and climate crisis, effective global cooperation and the exchange of knowledge are in higher demand than ever. We have to further extend our international cooperations for this purpose.”
Just like the big international ranking, the THE ranking of young universities also evaluates a total of five criteria: teaching, research, citations, knowledge transfer and international outlook. However, the ranking of the “young” universities attaches less importance to the reputation factor, which benefits long-established academic institutions as they profit from their sometimes centuries-old tradition.
THE rankings, along with the Academic World University Ranking (AWUR) and the QS World University Ranking, are among the most important university rankings worldwide. THE has been publishing the “Young University Ranking” since 2012 in order to adequately present the mission and performance of young up-and-coming universities in an international comparison. The University of Potsdam has been actively participating in THE rankings since 2017 and has been highly successful among the young universities ever since, which underlines the attractiveness of the Potsdam alma mater on an international level.
Dr. Silke Brodersen, International Office
Phone: 0331 977-124436
Media information 24-06-2020 / No. 066