University of Potsdam

Youthful, modern, innovative: since its founding, in 1991, the University of Potsdam (UP) has successfully left its mark on Germany and the world. In the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking, among the younger universities, since February 2022, the institution has held 28th place in the world. Its primary areas of research are: Cognitive Sciences, Data-Centric Sciences, Earth and Environmental Systems, as well as Evolutionary Systems Biology.

Around 21,500 students, of whom more than 14% are international 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 school 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.

The University of Potsdam is the leading partner of the “European Digital UniverCity (EDUC)”, one of 17 pilot university alliances of the EU. With partners in France, Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, EDUC intends to create an integrated European university in which students and researchers across five countries work together.

In Potsdam, the university is well-connected to outside institutions through more than 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 and parks, which UNESCO has named a Cultural Heritage.

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 Federal University of the State of Paraná (UFPR), in Curitiba.

Currently, these partnerships are formed mainly in the areas of the Natural Sciences and Romance 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 for Potsdam student internships and representing the university at fairs. Click here to access the website or the LinkedIn page of the university’s office in Brazil.


Sven Dinklage

Representative of the University of Potsdam in Brazil