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Video blog of the President of the University of Potsdam

The President of the University of Potsdam talks about current events at the university in his video blog.
On this page you will find all video messages in descending chronological order.


21 December 2023

Merry Christmas!

The University of Potsdam wishes everyone a relaxing festive season. (Episode 36)

The video blog with subtitles on Video.UP


9 October 2023

Let’s go! Start of semester!

Welcome to the winter semester 2023/24 at the University of Potsdam! (Episode 35)

The video blog with subtitles on Video.UP


28 July 2023

For equal opportunities and respect

UP says goodbye to the semester break (Episode 34)

The video blog with subtitles on Video.UP

English version starts at 3:23.


25 April 2023

Diverse start to the summer semester – Campus life has a lot to offer

English version starts at 4:39.

Text version of the video blog (episode 33)

The video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


8 March 2023

Appeal for donations for earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey

University of Potsdam cooperates with Johanniter Unfallhilfe

Text version of the video blog (episode 32)

The video blog with subtitles on Media.UP

Link to the donation campaign: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/nachrichten/detail/2023-02-15-spendenaktion-zum-erdbeben-in-der-tuerkei-und-in-syrien


14 December 2022

Merry Christmas - the President thanks you for your commitment and solidarity

English version starts at 2:47.

Text version of the video blog (episode 31)

The video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


13 October 2022

Let's go Campus - University of Potsdam starts on-campus semester (Episode 30)

English version starts at 3:44.

Text version of the video blog (episode 30)

The video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


1 June 2022

Solidarity and transparency - The President's video blog (episode 29)

English version starts at 2:47.

Text version of the video blog (episode 29)

The video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


11 April 2022

Solidarity and Transparency - The President's video blog

English version starts at 4:04.

Text version of the video blog (episode 28)

The video blog with subtitles on Media.UP



23 February 2022

Normality in Sight – Face-to-face teaching envisaged for summer semester

English version starts at 2:02.

Text version of the video blog (episode 26)

The video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


17 January 2022

Saving Face-To-Face Teaching  – UP sticks to 2G

English version starts at 1:42.

Text version of the video blog (episode 25)

The video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


15 December 2021

Normality in sight - summer semester in presence planned

text version (episode 24)

Video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


25 October 2021

Life returns to campus.

Winter semester starts with on-site attendance for the most part.

text version (episode 23)

Video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


14 September 2021

Get the vaccine now!

To facilitate face-to-face teaching at the University of Potsdam.

text version (episode 22)

Video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


14 July 2021

Vaccination appeal by the President of the University:

For a return to on-site teaching

text version (episode 21)

Video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


15 June 2021

Lots of good news:

The University of Potsdam is planning the winter semester in on-site attendance

text version (episode 20)

Video blog with subtitles on Media.UP


12 May 2021

Positively minded: University employees are now eligible to be vaccinated

Uni Potsdam expects campus life to return in summer

text version (episode 19)


29 March 2021

Digital is still the norm, for the time being – rapid tests are possible at the UP

The summer semester 2021 will also start digitally. Over time, we hope for a gradual return to on-site attendance.

text version (episode 18)


19 February 2021

Digital end of semester - UP hopes for relaxation from end of March

text version (episode 17)


22 January 2021

Digital mode at the University of Potsdam extended until 14 February

More home office and more medical masks

text version (episode 16)


8 January 2021

Winter semester ends digitally

Pandemic continues to grip university operations

text version (episode 15)


3 November 2020

Some in-person courses remain!

The winter semester starts under difficult conditions. Masks are mandatory inside university buildings – even in the lecture halls. Libraries and dining halls will remain open.

text version (episode 14)


29 October 2020

What do students expect from their university in times of Corona?

University President Günther is in discussion with Jonathan Wiegers, who represents the students.


4 August 2020

Continuing at a distance! Normal operations not possible yet at the University of Potsdam

With the distance and hygiene regulations still in place, no more than a quarter of the courses in the winter semester can be offered in face-to-face formats. This is the realistic assessment of the room planning experts, who are currently making the most of the available capacities.

text version (episode 13)


14 July 2020

Space planning for the winter semester in full swing

Survey on the digital summer semester offers valuable results. They are to be incorporated into any further planning.

text version (episode 12)


25 June 2020

Celebratory, but digital: A different kind of graduation ceremony!

The plans for the winter semester 2020/21 are also taking shape. The President of the University of Potsdam announces that there is to be considerably more on-site teaching.

text version (episode 11)


10 June 2020

Debate on the digital semester in full swing

University of Potsdam launches survey to gather information on experiences with online teaching. Only after the evaluation is completed will the combination of digital and on-site formats for the coming winter semester be determined.

text version (episode 10)


27 May 2020

Looking to the future: UP is searching for a smart hybrid model for teaching and studying

What is the right balance between digital and face-to-face formats? What will be possible in the winter semester? UP is preparing for various scenarios.

text version (episode 9)


13 May 2020

Limited operations on campus

The easing process continues cautiously. But teaching will remain digital. And for the double burden of having to reconcile work and childcare, the President of the University of Potsdam announces support.

text version (episode 8)


6 May 2020

Gradual easing! But the semester will remain digital.

The UP will be in limited operation from 4 May.
Libraries and laboratories will open with some restrictions. Delayed examinations are going to take place with due regard to the applicable hygiene and distance regulations.
Starting next week, some cafeterias will be offering their products to go.

text version (episode 7)


28 April 2020

The summer semester has started!

The library in Golm will re-open on May 4. The President of the University of Potsdam announces a further gradual easing of restrictions in his video blog (episode 6).

text version (episode 6)


21 April 2020

Start of the digital summer semester! The President of the University of Potsdam says chances for a possible easing of restrictions are good.

text version (episode 5)


14 April 2020

Easing corona restrictions – when and how? The President of the University of Potsdam talks about the next steps in episode 4 of his video blog.

text version (episode 4)


6 April 2020

In his video blog (episode 3), the President of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Oliver Günther, calls on students to take advantage of the digital courses to be offered. The summer semester is taking place, just in a different way. Important deadlines will be extended. School students can also prepare for enrollment in the winter semester 2020/21. The University President thanks everyone for their adaptability, flexibility and support in this unfortunate situation.

text version (episode 3)


30 March 2020

New information for international students, regulations for the use of the PUCK and the obligation to register can be found under "Studies and Teaching".

What happens next with examinations, the semester and online teaching? University President Oliver Günther provides information in his video blog (episode 2):


23 March 2020

From Tuesday on, the University of Potsdam will scale back operations even further and transition to so-called emergency on-site operations. “We have to do our part to slow the spread of the corona pandemic,” Prof. Oliver Günther said in a video message for university members. He added that the health of employees, students and scientists at our institutions of higher education was a top priority. “We have established a crisis management team at the University of Potsdam and the Senate has approved a pandemic plan. This way, we are prepared for the worst,” the President underlined. He considers emergency on-site operations to be a necessary tool. “Since students and faculty have many social contacts, the potential risks are high. Nevertheless, digital teaching and research with a systemic relevance remain possible.”

text version (episode 1)