THE Young University Ranking: University of Potsdam Once Again among Global Top 30

In this year’s THE ranking of the U50s – of universities that are less than 50 years old – the University of Potsdam was once again able to attain a top position, ranking 30th out of the total of 475 ranked institutions of higher education from 68 countries. In Germany, it ranks third for the second year in a row behind the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Jacobs University Bremen. In global comparison, the University of Potsdam is on par with institutions like Griffith University Australia and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Italy.

“In its thirtieth year of existence, the University of Potsdam is now an established force to be reckoned with among 'young' universities – that is, universities that are less than 50 years old,” President Prof. Oliver Günther, PhD, said with regard to the results. “The good ranking highlights what we have achieved in recent years, also internationally. It is thanks to the dedication and hard work of our professors, lecturers, students, and all employees that the University of Potsdam – still a young university – already has an excellent reputation in the world and is now attracting more and more students from abroad to our campus.”

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 reputation factor, which usually benefits long-established academic institutions with their often centuries-long tradition, is not weighted as strongly in the “young” universities ranking.

THE rankings, along with the Academic World University Ranking (AWUR) and the QS World University Ranking, are among the most important university rankings worldwide. In addition, 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, also on an international level.

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Media information 23-06-2021 / No. 051



Dr. Silke Brodersen

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