DIES Training Courses

DIES Training Courses offer modular, practice-oriented training opportunities for management-level professionals from universities in developing countries. The trainings are based on a blended-learning approach. The training courses focus on specific challenges the university staff is confronted with at various levels of the organisation. They range from faculty, research, and financial management to quality assurance and third-party funding acquisition. In DIES training courses trainer teams with international experience support participants to implement practical change at their home universities.

Programme objectives

Participants from developing countries will acquire important skills in various areas of university management and implement individual reform projects as part of the multi-component course. The idea behind this is to initiate institutional change at the participants’ home universities.

Currently funded measures and participating partners

International Deans' Course (IDC) in Africa/Southeast Asia:

This training course on faculty management is aimed at newly elected deans and vice-deans from Africa and South-East Asia. The multi-component course is based on a blended-learning approach and includes modules on strategic, financial, research, and university management, quality assurance and internationalisation. The courses are run jointly by the University for Applied Sciences of Osnabrück and the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in collaboration with international trainers and experts.

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International Deans' Course (IDC) – Africa/South-East Asia

Content: Training course on faculty management
Target Group: Recently elected deans and vice-deans
Structure:

Annual course, consisting of three modules:

  1. Workshop in Osnabrück / Berlin
  2. Regional workshop
  3. Closing workshop abroad
Cooperation Partners: University of applied sciences Osnabrück / AvH / CHE
Funding: Participant fee of 300€ for Africa / 600€ for Southeast Asia
Link: www.international-deans-course.org

International Deans' Course (IDC) – Latin America (LA):

The IDC LA on faculty management is aimed at newly elected deans and vice-deans from Latin America. The multi-component course is based on a blended-learning approach and includes modules on strategic, financial, research, and university management, quality assurance and internationalisation. The training course is run jointly by the University of Saarland and the University of Alicante (Spain).

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International Deans' Course (IDC) – Latin America (LA)

Content: Training course on faculty management
Target Group: Recently elected deans and vice-deans
Structure:

Annual course, consisting of three modules:

  1. Training in Saarbrücken and Alicante
  2. Online-webinars
  3. Closing workshop in Latin America
Cooperation Partners: Saarland University / University of Alicante
Funding: Participant fee of 500€
Link: www.idc-latinamerica.com

University Leadership and Management Training Programme (UNILEAD):

UNILEAD is aimed at prospective young managers from Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East who are employed in central administrative bodies at their universities. The course takes a blended-learning approach and covers three modules on the topics of project management, financial management and personnel management. The course is run by the University of Oldenburg.

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University Leadership and Management Training Programme

Content: Training course on “project-management”, “financial-management” and “staff-management”
Target Group: Young managers in university administration or related institutions
Structure: Annual course consisting of two attendance-required modules and two online modules (preparing for presence phases)
Cooperation Partners: University of Oldenburg
Funding: Participant fee of 300€
Link: www.unilead.uni-oldenburg.de

Proposal Writing for Research Grants (ProGRANT):

The DIES proposal writing courses are practical professional development courses for young academics in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. The aim is to teach and train the skills necessary for making a successful application for third-party funding. The courses are run by the ProGRANT coordination office at the University of Cologne.

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Proposal Writing for Research Grants

Content: Training course on successful proposal drafting
Target Group: (Young) Academics
Structure: Two attendance-required periods in targeted countries, also including a temporary trainer-led E-Learning period
Cooperation Partners: University of Cologne, ProWiss Consulting Services for Researchers
Funding: No participant fee
Link: http://proposalwriting.globalsouth.uni-koeln.de

Management of Internationalisation (MoI):

The DIES training course on the management of internationalisation targets the heads of international offices and university managers responsible for coordinating international activities at their university. In this three-part course at the University of Hanover, universities in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia are given support to improve the management of key tasks in an international office. The main topics of the course are internationalisation, strategic management, management of partnerships, mobility at home and abroad, as well as counselling and marketing.

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Management of Internationalisation

Content: Training course on management of internationalisation
Target Group: Heads of international offices and university managers responsible for coordinating international activities
Structure: Two attendance-required periods in Germany, three simultaneously conducted regional workshops in Kenia, Mexiko and India, as well as revising E-Learning phases
Cooperation Partners: University of Hannover / partner- universities in Kenia, India and Mexico
Funding: Participant fee of 600€
Link: https://www.uni-hannover.de/de/universitaet/internationales/dies

Online Training Course: Doctoral Supervisors of African Universities:

The University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) offers a flexible study opportunity to academic staff members, particularly novice doctoral supervisors, who are interested to advance their knowledge, skills and networks in doctoral supervision.
The online course consists of various modules that foster the competencies of doctoral supervisors to enhance the quality of doctoral education in African universities.

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Online Training Course: Doctoral Supervisors of African Universities

Content: Online training course for doctoral supervisors at African universities
Target Group: Academic staff members, which advise (will soon be advising) doctoral students
Structure: Usually two courses per year, solely online-modules
Cooperation Partners: Stellenbosch University (CREST), Rhodes University (South Africa)
Funding: Participant fee of 400USD
Link: http://www0.sun.ac.za/crest/dies-crest-online-training-course/

Study “State of Play: Higher Education Management Training Schemes in the Field of Development Cooperation”:

A study undertaken by The Boston College Center for International Higher Education on behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).
This research responds to a call made by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) to gain insights into the nature and scope of the global landscape of higher education management training schemes active in the field of development cooperation.

Results

DIES training courses contribute to the acquisition of knowledge by individuals and the improvement of institutional university management at participating universities in developing countries. Moreover, those completing DIES training courses actively multiply the impact of the courses by passing on their knowledge at their home institutions or in their home country, thus contributing to the sustainability of the course.

Contact

Tobias Wolf

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service
Development Cooperation: Partnership Programmes, Alumni Projects and Higher Education Management / P32

Kennedyallee 105-107
53175 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 882-144
Email: wolf@daad.de
 

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