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Mon, 21. Jun 2021

First workshop series of the 15th DIES International Deans' Course Africa is starting virtually

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

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Lackner, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences is extending a word of welcome to the group

DIES International Deans‘ Course 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. The concept of IDC is based on the MBA study programme „Higher Education and Research Management“ offered by the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Since its launch in 2007, IDC has been held annually and has become a well-established networking forum for deans from Southeast Asia and Africa. 32 university faculty leaders from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda are attending this years' online training from June 21st to July 2nd, 2021 and engage in exchange about how the international education landscape is changing and how change processes are tackled in their respective countries.

Academic director of IDC, Prof. Peter Mayer underlines the significance of the conflicting role of a dean as a scientist and researcher in the first place, yet, being highly in need of managerial competencies and professionalism when facing the challenges of the office.

The IDC programme offers a number of modules on the topics of Higher Education Systems in Germany and Africa, Strategic Faculty Management as well as Quality and Financial Management. Leadership and Soft Skills are also being addressed in a variety of workshops. Due to the ongoing global travel restrictions in times of the COVID-19 pandemic this years‘ training kick-off is being held virtually. The international team of German and African experts invested almost two months of hard work into translating of the original onsite training design into a highly compressed flipped class room format: the modules which themselves are taking place as a combination of live inputs and interactive group work in Zoom are preceeded by video clips exposing the participants of the programme to a particular thematic subject.

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Lackner, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences states while extending a word of welcome to the group, "The International Deans' Course is an international flagship project of our faculty. For many years, the team lead by Prof. Dr. Peter Mayer has provided professional training for university managers from Africa and familiarized them with the latest developments in the field of higher education and research management."

For more information, contact:

Professor Dr. Peter Mayer

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