Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies
The Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme is jointly developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rector’s Conference (HRK). It offers two programme components – training courses and dialogue events – that foster the competencies of academic staff and contribute to the enhancement of institutional management at universities in developing countries. In addition, the measures facilitate the exchange on matters of higher education management between participants from Germany and the respective partner countries. In the context of DIES projects, the DAAD and the HRK cooperate with foreign partner organisations on current reform topics. For this purpose, dialogue events, and training courses in the target region are combined with a particular thematic focus. What all DIES components have in common is that they pursue a practical approach, facilitating change by means of developing the skills and competencies of individual staff members. DIES thereby aims at improving the institutional higher education management as well as aligning the higher education systems with the national and regional development goals, so as to contribute to stronger and more international universities in developing countries in the long run.