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The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam convinces Science Council

President's Council
University policy
Studierende vor dem Hauptgebäude der FH Potsdam im Sommer

In a joint press conference with the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (MWFK), the Science Council today presented its report on the Brandenburg higher education system and made recommendations for further development. The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP) is delighted with the positive assessments and sees its intensive development work of recent years confirmed.

The evaluation of Brandenburg's higher education system was carried out against the backdrop of demographic developments, structural change, the challenges of a shortage of skilled workers and digitalisation. The evaluation of Brandenburg's eight universities commissioned by the state government is intended to set the course for successful academic development. The Science Council's recommendations are aimed at securing the future viability of the higher education system, including profiling, funding, management and the organisation of the universities in terms of studying and teaching, research, cooperation, transfer and regional networking.

The Science Council on the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
In recent years, the university has been able to record consistently high demand in both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The development of the research area is also rated positively. This is the result of an intensive strategy process that the FHP has undergone since 2019. The Council of Science and Humanities also welcomes the university's internationalisation strategy, which was adopted in 2022, and recommends anchoring internationalisation throughout the university.

The Council of Science and Humanities particularly emphasises the three interdisciplinary profile lines of the FHP: Digital Transformation -– Urban Future, Forming Society and Design – Build – Preserve . These have impressed the panel of more than 40 people, which believes that this is also reflected in the continuous increase in approved research projects. At 4.6 million euros, the volume of third-party funding at FHP reached an all-time high in 2021 and also exceeded the target agreed in the current university contract.

The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam sees the recommendations of the Science Council as confirmation of its successful work. It will press ahead with the further development of teaching, research and transfer in a future-orientated manner. The report motivates the university to continue pursuing the development goals it has set itself and to raise its profile in the Brandenburg science landscape.

Science Council
The German Council of Science and Humanities has been advising the federal and state governments since 1957 on issues relating to the content and structural development of the higher education system and the state funding of research institutions. It pursues the goal of enabling a high-performance, functionally and institutionally differentiated science system.

Innovative, future-orientated and practical: helping to shape the world of tomorrow is what the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is working on in teaching, practice and research.
More than 3,600 students study and conduct research in the five departments of Social Sciences and Education, CITY I BUILDING I CULTURE, Civil Engineering, Design and Information Sciences. The three strategic profile lines "Digital Transformation – Urban Future", "Forming Society" and "Design – Build – Preserve" address societal challenges and questions about the future across all faculties. Together with partners in the Berlin-Brandenburg science region and in Germany and abroad, a wide range of ideas and innovative solutions are developed.