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Thu, 01. Oct 2020

DIES IDC Africa 2020/21 Announcement and Call for Applications

Applications accepted until October 31st, 2020

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) are jointly organising the DIES International Deans’ Course for Africa.

This intensive training course is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which is coordinated by DAAD and HRK and which aims at strengthening higher education management structures in developing countries.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation and the worldwide travel restrictions preventing reliable planning the programme committee developed a format which ensures the continuation of the programme, and at the same time maintains the training quality. Therefore, based on the assumption that travel restrictions will seriously affect international travel and participation in international conferences in 2021, the first phase is planned to be held online instead of a regular meeting in Germany. Although, the programme’s new design foresees a use of predominantly virtual elements and of video based activities the organisers are ready to alter the mode of delivery from online to on-site once this should appear possible:

Part I: ten days online seminar from June 21st to July 2nd, 2021
Part II: five days "hybrid" seminar from October 25th to 29th, 2021 in the regions
Part III: ten days seminar from January 31st to February 11th, 2022

The key objective of the course is to bring together a group of about 30 newly elected deans, vice-deans and heads of departments from universities in the African Region and to prepare them for the challenges of holding a dean’s position in a changing higher education landscape. Issues such as strategic faculty management, financial management, quality assurance and leadership will be key parts of this course. A soft skills training and exchange with German university leaders about higher education reforms will be included as well.


Official announcement (full version)

Application Form

Letter of Motivation