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Internationally connected – DAAD study confirms cosmopolitan profile of the University of Potsdam

More and more English-language degree programs, flourishing academic exchanges in Europe, and strategic partnerships worldwide – the University of Potsdam is internationally connected like never before and occupies a leading position in national comparison. This has been confirmed by a study on the “Internationality of Higher Education Institutions”, conducted for the tenth time in 2019 by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, in cooperation with the German Rectors' Conference and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The University of Potsdam ranks second in Germany in terms of the mobility of teaching staff and the amount of international degree programs offered. For English-language degree programs, it was able to maintain its position among the top three. “We are currently experiencing how indispensable international exchange is for a globally interconnected university in a particularly impressive way, as we had to cancel a large number of international conferences due to the corona crisis. This makes the digital tools and virtual spaces that we want to create, for example with our European partners in the European Digital UniverCity (EDUC), all the more important,” says Prof. Dr. Florian Schweigert, Vice President for International Affairs, Alumni and Fundraising.

The comparison of the 32 major German institutions of higher education with more than 20,000 students showed that the degree programs designed by the University of Potsdam have a particularly international orientation: Not only does it occupy a top position with its international degree programs, but it is also far ahead in the categories “international degree programs in postgraduate studies” (2nd place), “English-language degree programs” (2nd place) and “double degree programs” (5th place). Overall, the University of Potsdam was able to improve or maintain its top position in 25 of the 39 evaluated parameters. In 22 categories, the university was ranked among the top 10.

The mobility of teaching staff in the Erasmus+ Program is emphasized in particular: The University of Potsdam is ranked first for incoming and second for outgoing teaching staff.
Dr. Dirk Schuster, who taught at the University of Vienna on the subject of religion under National Socialism, considered the exchange with students an enriching experience. “During the seminar, both sides were able to benefit extensively from the existing knowledge and learn from one another. We want to continue our cooperation and have planned another seminar in order to be able to deal with the topic in greater depth and then publish our results”, said the Potsdam-based scholar of religious studies.

The University of Potsdam also ranks among the ten best higher education institutions when it comes to DAAD individual funding (9th place) and the mobility of technical-administrative staff. It jumped directly to 7th place in this newly introduced category. “It is not only the experiences, but above all encounters with the people that are invaluable to you,” says university photographer Tobias Hopfgarten, who travelled to Liverpool in February. “It's great to know that in this short but intense time you have managed to set things in motion for yourself and for the department," the staff member of the university's Center for Information Technology and Media Management says.
For the first time, the study also looked at the share women had in the various categories: In terms of scientific and artistic staff from abroad, the university is in first place with women making up 56.8 percent and when it comes to female professors, it ranks second with 50 percent.

Contact: Marita Böhning, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for International Affairs, Alumni and Fundraising
Phone: 0331 977-4190
E-Mail: marita.boehninguni-potsdamde

Media information: 26-03-2020 / No. 037