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Mon, 17. Jun 2019

Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences welcomes deans from Africa to the 13th International Deans' Course

30 participants of the International Deans’ Course Africa focus on the growing challenges faced by higher education and research management.

(Osnabrück, June 17th, 2019) Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences welcomes 30 deans from Africa to the meanwhile 13th International Deans’ Course (IDC). IDC is a joint initiative by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the Centre for Higher Education (CHE), Freie Universität Berlin and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. This year‘s delegateres from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are attending the kick-off event in Germany from June 17 to 28th, 2019.


The IDC programme offers a number of modules on the topics of Higher Education Systems in Germany and Africa, Strategic Faculty Management, Quality and Financial Management. Leadership and Soft Skills are also taught in a variety of workshops. In addition to the lectures, case studies, individual and group work, the guests also have the opportunity to get to know Osnabrück – City of Peace. A member of the City Council Brigitte Neumann welcomed the participants to Osnabrück’s Town Hall on Monday afternoon. The guests from Africa were then given a guided tour of Osnabrück’s Old Town. On June 22nd, the group will move on to the German Capital City of Berlin, where the trainings will continue and the group will also visit the Freie Universität Berlin.


The concept of the International Deans’ Course is based on the MBA study programme "Higher Education and Research Management" offered at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Since its launch in 2007, IDC has been held annually for deans from African and Southeast Asian countries. IDC has since then become a well established networking forum university managers from Asia and Africa. Decision-makers in higher education can engage in exchange about how the international education landscape is changing and how chance processes are tackled in their respective countries.

For more information, contact:

Professor Dr. Peter Mayer

Phone: +49 (0)541 969-3466
E-mail: p.mayer(at)