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University of Potsdam Improves in THE Ranking of Best Universities Worldwide and Lands in the Top Quarter of All German Universities for the First Time

In the current edition of the renowned “Times Higher Education” (THE) ranking, the University of Potsdam has improved by one ranking group compared to the previous year. Ranked now in the 201-250 group, it occupies an excellent position in the field of 1799 ranked universities from 104 countries worldwide. Seven German universities are ranked in the top 100, led by TU Munich (30), LMU Munich (33) and Heidelberg University (43). Among the 50 ranked of the more than 100 German universities, the University of Potsdam came in 23rd.

Leading the rankings for the seventh year in a row is Oxford University (UK), followed by Harvard University (US) and Cambridge University (UK). Overall, U.S. universities continue to account for the largest number of institutions in the ranking, followed by the UK. Germany is again the third-ranked nation in the top 200 this year, followed in fourth place by China (VP). Along with the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the QS World University Ranking, the THE ranking is one of the world’s most important university rankings. The THE ranking evaluates a total of five pillars: teaching, research strength, citations, knowledge transfer and internationality. With a ranking of 201-250, the University of Potsdam is on a par with the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Konstanz, and its partner universities Tel Aviv University (Israel) and the University of São Paulo (Brazil)..

“I am very pleased that we have done so well in this year’s THE ranking of the best universities,” says University President Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D. “The ranking is also impressive in national comparison. For the first time, the University of Potsdam has reached the top quarter of all German universities. The university’s strength in research and its international visibility are particularly beneficial here. Our many doctoral students and postdocs contribute significantly to this. Our attractive master’s programs also bring outstanding students from all over the world to Potsdam, who also contribute to the excellence of our university.”

The Vice President for International Affairs, Alumni and Fundraising at the University of Potsdam, Prof. Dr. Florian J. Schweigert, was also pleased with the international recognition in THE Ranking: “The University of Potsdam is visible on the international stage and is perceived as an internationally oriented university that performs excellent research. With the funding just approved for our European university alliance ‘European Digital UniverCity’ (EDUC) until 2028, we want to further expand our international profile together with our European partners and bring together as many students and teachers as possible on important topics of the future. This will further advance the University of Potsdam in international comparison.”

As recently as February 2022, the University of Potsdam had taken a top spot in THE’s ranking of the U 50, meaning universities under 50 years of age. Out of a total of 539 ranked universities from 74 countries, the University of Potsdam landed among the top 30 in the world and ranked first within Germany. In addition, the University of Potsdam is among the top 500 worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2022, also known as the Shanghai Ranking, and was thus able to confirm its good ranking from previous years. The renowned ranking, which is compiled by the Jiao Tong University of Shanghai, annually compares the research strength of more than 1,800 universities in 54 subjects and publishes the 1,000 best.


Contact: Dr. Silke Brodersen, International Office
Tel: 0331 977-124436
Email: silke.brodersenuni-potsdamde

Media Information 12-10-2022 / No. 112