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The University of Potsdam is characterized by networking and an interdisciplinary orientation, close cooperation with non-university research institutions and cultural institutes in the region, as well as a lively exchange with business, academia, politics and administration. The research profile of the University of Potsdam is shaped primarily by six faculties. The University is placing particular emphasis by establishing four university research focus areas and several specially supported research areas at the faculty level. Constantly increasing third-party funding volume testifies to the quality of the research conducted at the University today. The University of Potsdam also has successful, productive cooperative agreements with more than 30 non-university research institutions in the region. Potsdam Research Network - pearls is an interdisciplinary research alliance that links up the University of Potsdam with non-university research institutions.