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Potsdam Center for Policy and Management


The University of Potsdam, a young and dynamic university founded in 1991, has earned itself a reputation as one of the leading competence centers for Governance and the Public Sector. A recent reputation study by the German Association for Political Science has declared the University of Potsdam one of the three most important German universities and research institutions in the area of policy research and administrative sciences. The Center for Higher Education Development considers the Master’s and Ph.D. programs offered here to be among the very best in Europe.


Among these programs are:

  • the undergraduate degree program in Politics and Management (BA Politik und Verwaltung) and the graduate Master in Public Policy and Management (MA Verwaltungswissenschaft).
  • the EAPAA-accredited international postgraduate Program in Public Policy and Management for public sector professionals in English language with the Master of Public Management (MPM) and its three streams: MPM Classic, Global Public Policy (MGPP) and GeoGovernance (GG), the German-French Master of European Governance and Administration (MEGA) and the Executive Master of Public Management (EMPM) Program with the Hertie School of Governance.

Furthermore, the University declared "Public Policy and Management" one of its Focus Areas (Spokesperson: Prof. Werner Jann) as formed by several professors of University's Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and their participation at various national and international research and consultancy projects.

Against this background, the "Potsdam Center for Policy and Management" (PCPM) sets out to promote advanced study and research as well as academic training projects for mid-career professionals and executives who work at the interface of political and administrative responsibility.

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Respectively, the objectives of the PCPM are:

  • the professional coordination and management of interdisciplinary programs and projects in the three working areas Education and Training, Research and Consultancy;
  • the provision of expertise for curricula, research and advanced policy advice based on comparative analysis of public management and governance and the principles of "good governance", and
  • the development of an international network of academics, experts and practitioners committed to public affairs.

Research, undergraduate and graduate programs, including doctoral programs, are coordinated in the area "PCPM Research and Teaching". Postgraduate and externally-funded programs are coordinated and operated by the branch "PCPM Executive Education" at the University-owned non-profit firm UP Transfer GmbH.

Since 2009, PCPM also participates in the interdisciplinary "Potsdam Research Cluster for Georisk Analysis, Environmental Change and Sustainability - PROGRESS". PROGRESS comprises several large projects and its partners include the Department of GeoSciences of the University of Potsdam, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and, the German Research Center for GeoSciences (GFZ). The overall objective of PROGRESS is the establishment of an international visible platform for research, education and consulting in the area of geo and climate research that fosters links across the different disciplines in the sciences and social sciences and combines their insights and methods with the application-oriented regional technology industry. The combination of expertise of the social and natural sciences is also at focus of the joint working area "GeoGovernance".



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