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Uni Potsdam ranks 22nd THE Rankings of Young Universities. And Number One in Germany

The University of Potsdam continues to advance in the Times Higher Education Rankings, or THE Rankings, of universities under 50 years old, claiming 22nd place out of a total of almost 600 ranked universities from 104 countries. In Germany, the University of Potsdam, founded in 1991, has even taken the top spot, ahead of the universities of Duisburg-Essen, Bayreuth and Passau. Internationally, it is roughly on a par with the Medical University of Vienna.

“Our very high ranking in THE Rankings of ‘young’ universities underlines our claim to be academically excellent even with a relatively short institutional history. We are already a strong research university with a globally strong network and a high volume of third-party funding,” says the president of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D. “In the future, we want to further expand this potential with three cluster applications to the federal government’s Excellence Initiative and several SFB applications in our strongest research areas,” says Günther.  “In this context, excellence for us means not only excellence in research, but of course also in teaching and transfer as well as in our contributions to meeting global development goals. Here we will continue to develop our understanding of academic excellence in a global context so that we can continue to play so successfully at the forefront.”

Alongside the Academic World University Ranking (AWUR) and the QS World University Ranking, the THE Rankings are among the most important university rankings worldwide. Since 2012, THE has also published the “Young University Ranking” in order to be able to adequately reflect the mission and performance of young emerging universities in international comparison. As with the major international ranking, THE’s Young University Rankings evaluate a total of five pillars: teaching, research strength, citations, knowledge transfer, and international reputation. However, the ranking of “young” universities attaches less weight to the reputation factor, in which long-established scientific institutions benefit from their tradition, which sometimes goes back centuries. The University of Potsdam has been actively participating in the THE Rankings since 2017 and has since been extremely successful among the young universities as well, which underscores the attractiveness of Potsdam’s alma mater in the international arena.