The faculty’s priority is the development of an internationalization concept that is aligned with the Internationalization Strategy of the University of Potsdam. The promotion of intercultural dialogue and exchange is at the very top of the agenda. In order to create an international and fair staffing policy in academia, the faculty participates in a project at the University of Potsdam that focuses on implementing the European Charter for Researchers and on complying with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
The faculty's goals with regard to internationalization were thoroughly discussed within the faculty and summarized in an internationalization concept. The goals that were set are to be implemented at the faculty in the coming years by taking suitable measures.
The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences assigns great importance to promoting intercultural dialogue and to strengthening intercultural competencies of all status groups. It is important to create an atmosphere of cooperation and of mutual understanding.
The Global Café was established to raise awareness about international issues among faculty members. The Global Café started out as a series of events focusing on current issues of international relevance, especially political topics. The events are organized by an initiative group comprised primarily of international students at the faculty and students in the PCPM Master of Public Management (MPM) program. Integration tutors also support the initiative group. The goal is to establish a Global Café of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and the PCPM as a permanent platform for intercultural exchange and to include current discussions, among other things, as a fixed component.
Strengthening intercultural competencies also means increasing multilingualism. For this purpose, the courses offered by Zessko as well as special foreign language courses for non-academic staff come into play.
E-Learning is also an important instrument for strengthening intercultural dialogue. The use of e-learning methods enables more than just media-supported teaching organization tools and ways to document work and results within university teaching; e-learning can also allow us to bring the world as a guest into a local seminar and to create an international experience. International experts can share their knowledge in video conferences without having to undertake expensive travel. Or students in Potsdam can communicate and cooperate online with students from international partner institutions. This mutual exchange contributes to the development of intercultural competencies, deepens (inter)disciplinary expertise, and promotes informal learning.
The Buddy Program organized by the International Office actively promotes contacts between domestic and international students, helps students in Potsdam to prepare for stays abroad (outgoing students), contributes to the support offers for and supervision of international students at the faculty (incoming students), and thereby strengthens the overall intercultural competencies of faculty members.
In the context of its internationalization strategy, the University of Potsdam has decided to implement the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
Over a long period of time, a working group at the University of Potsdam drew up a report and an action plan for the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers at the University of Potsdam. The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences participated in the working group and in the discussions and surveys and is actively and flexibly involved in the decentralized implementation of the program.