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Sat, 13. Jun 2020

14th DIES International Deans' Course goes online

31 participants of the DIES International Deans’ Course discuss challenges faced by higher education and research management in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current IDC Southeast Asia is taking place as a distant learning seminar. Freya Gallenkamp is supporting the IDC online sessions from the home office.

Alexander Rupp is attending one of the IDC live sessions.

(Osnabrück, June 13th, 2020) Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences welcomes 31 deans from Southeast Asia to the meanwhile 14th DIES 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 participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam are attending the online kick-off event from June 13th to 26th, 2020.

The IDC programme offers a number of modules on the topics of Higher Education Systems in Germany and Asia, Strategic Faculty Management, Quality and Financial Management. Leadership and Soft Skills are also taught in a variety of workshops. Due to the global travel restrictions in times of the COVID-19 pandemic this years‘ online format is a total novelty. Hence, the facilitating team has spent almost two months of hard work and accompished a task of transferring the traditional traning setting into a highly compressed inverted class room format: the modules which themselves are delivered as a combination of interactive group work based video sessions are preceeded by video clips exposing the audience to the particular subject.

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 change 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)