University of Potsdam

Youthful, modern, innovative: just 27 years old, the University of Potsdam (UP) has made its mark both in Germany and around the world. In the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking, among the younger universities, the institution has held first place in Germany and 17th place worldwide, since the beginning of 2018. It primary areas of research are: Earth Sciences, Functional Ecology and Evolution Research, Cognitive Sciences, such as Vegetable Genomics and Systems Biology.

Around 20,500 students attend the university in the areas of Human and Natural Sciences, Law, Economy, and Sociology. There is also the school of Digital Engineering, which was founded in 2017, as a joint institution of the University of Potsdam and the Hasso-Plattner Institute. It is the first privately financed faculty in a German university and offers an IT Systems Engineering program. You can learn more about the profile of the University of Potsdam by clicking on this brochure link.

In Potsdam, the university is well-connected to outside institutions through over 70 joint professorships, and it is closely interconnected with the academic scene of Berlin and Brandenburg. Besides its highly relevant academic standing, its architecture is also distinctive for its historic buildings, which UNESCO has granted a Cultural Heritage registration.

Since 2012, the University of Potsdam has been strengthening its scientific ties with Brazil, primarily with the universities of the State of São Paulo. Therefore, UP has university partnerships with the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP); the University of São Paulo (USP), and the São Paulo State University “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP).

Currently, these partnerships are formed mainly in the areas of the Natural Sciences andRomance studies, but they shall be expanded to other areas. A local UP representative gives support to researchers from the university, building new relationships with Brazilian research institutions, as well as serving as the go-between Potsdam student internships and and representing the university at fairs. Click here to access the site of the university’s office in Brazil.


Sven Dinklage

Representative of the University of Potsdam in Brazil