Founded in 1991, the Universität Potsdam has developed to a unique center for science and technology within Germany. Five faculties form the pillars of the institution: the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Human Sciences, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, and the Law Faculty. Special emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary areas beyond the teaching and research activities of the individual institutes. These fields include Cognitive Sciences, Functional Soft Matter, Complex Systems, Geosciences, Functional Ecology and Evolution, Plant Genomics and Systems Biology, Public Policy and Management, Unsettled Cultures, and Empirical Educational Studies.
Attractively located in close vicinity to the capital Berlin, the Universität Potsdam is well-placed in a firmly-established and successful interdisciplinary infrastructure. Exploiting synergies is a matter of course: more than 50 joint professorships intensify the cooperation between the university and its non-university research partners.
Students interested in research have the opportunity to get involved in ongoing research projects during their studies and to finish with a doctoral dissertation, which is an additional incentive for them to engage in a scientific career. To increase academic support for doctoral candidates, the Universität Potsdam has founded the Potsdam Graduate School that spans the five faculties, making the academic site Potsdam even more attractive for young scholars from Germany and abroad.
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