DIES Projects each focus on one particular thematic area. They combine the DIES programme components dialogue events and training courses. This merge of tools is the key attribute of the DIES projects, along with the long-term cooperation with regional partners. Here, the DAAD and the HRK themselves are usually engaged as cooperation partners.

Programme objectives

DIES Projects aim 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.

Funded projects

DIES-Project in West-Africa (EWAQAS):

Since 2013, the DAAD has implemented a DIES project on quality assurance in West and Central Africa in collaboration with African partner organisations (AAU, CAMES and UEMOA) and UNESCO. Training courses and dialogue events are offered for different target groups in both English- and French-speaking countries in West and Central Africa. On behalf of the DAAD, the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP UNESCO) offers a distance education course on external quality assurance. The University of Duisburg-Essen is responsible for coordinating a multi-component training course on internal quality assurance for quality assurance coordinators at universities.


Enhancing quality assurance in West and Central Africa

Content: EWAQAS-dialogue measures
Target Group: Rectors, university-staff from quality assurance departments, experts from West- and Central- Africa including Madagascar

Various seminars, conferences or delegation visits

No fixed dates!

Cooperation Partners: Changing partner-universities and organisations (e.g. UNESCO, CAMES, UEMOA)
Funding: No participant fee

DIES-Project in South-East Asia (ASEAN-QA):

Since 2011, the DAAD and the HRK have worked together in South-East Asia with the ASEAN University Network (AUN), the regional network of quality assurance agencies (AQAN) and the office of the South-East Asian education ministries responsible for regional university development (SEAMEO RIHED). The aim of ASEAN-QA is to develop skills and structures in the area of quality assurance in South-East Asia. The project is coordinated by the University of Potsdam. A further partner at a European level is the agencies’ umbrella organisation, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).


Developing quality assurance capacity in the ASEAN Region

Content: ASEAN-QA networking activities to build an alumni network
Target Group: University staff from quality assurance departments (public and private institutions)

Various workshops as well as one alumni-conference

No fixed dates !

Cooperation Partners: University of Potsdam / AUN / AQAN / ENQA /SEAMEO RIHED
Funding: No participant fee
Link: www.asean-qa.de

Language Modules:

The University of Potsdam and the University of Duisburg-Essen have jointly developed textbooks for their training courses on internal quality assurance taught in the above-mentioned DIES projects. The five module handbooks on quality management have been published in English and French and are available for download. If used, please cite as given in the publication details.

Links to modules in English can be found here:

Links to modules in French can be found here:

Cooperation with the Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) in the Southern African Development Community (SADC):

The collaboration between SAQAN and the DAAD in the field of regional Quality Assurance (QA) was initiated by a regional DIES seminar on “Identifying Capacity Building Needs for the Improvement of Internal (IQA) and External Quality Assurance (EQA) in Higher Education in Southern Africa (SADC)”, conducted 9-10 October 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. The presentation of a state of play report and subsequent discussion during this workshop unveiled the demand for setting up and further strengthening QA structures in the region via increased regional dialogue, sharing of good practices and capacity development. Hence, in the frame of a Memorandum of Understanding with SAQAN and in partnership with IIEP-UNESCO two blended learning courses on External Quality Assurance in higher education are going to be held during 2019 and 2020.


Cooperation with the Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) in the Southern African Development Community

Content: Increase in collaboration between SAQAN and DAAD in the field of regional quality assurance
Target Group: Southern African Develoopment Community (SADC)
Structure: prelim. two "blended-learning" courses on external quality assurance
Cooperation Partners: DAAD / SAQAN / SADC / IIEP-UNESCO
Funding: No participant fee


In the long run, the DIES projects contribute to creating quality assurance structures and to supporting harmonisation processes in the higher education system in the participating regions. DIES projects typically link various measures and include multiple stakeholders from higher education, politics, and international organisations, thus achieving a sustainable impact in the target regions.


Tobias Wolf

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

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53175 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 882-144
E-Mail: wolf@daad.de