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.
The University of Potsdam wishes everyone a relaxing festive season. (Episode 36)
Let’s go! Start of semester!
Welcome to the winter semester 2023/24 at the University of Potsdam! (Episode 35)
For equal opportunities and respect
UP says goodbye to the semester break (Episode 34)
English version starts at 3:23.
Appeal for donations for earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey
University of Potsdam cooperates with Johanniter Unfallhilfe
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
Positively minded: University employees are now eligible to be vaccinated
Uni Potsdam expects campus life to return in summer
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.
Digital mode at the University of Potsdam extended until 14 February
More home office and more medical masks
Winter semester ends digitally
Pandemic continues to grip university operations
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.
What do students expect from their university in times of Corona?
University President Günther is in discussion with Jonathan Wiegers, who represents the students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Start of the digital summer semester! The President of the University of Potsdam says chances for a possible easing of restrictions are good.
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.
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.
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):
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.”