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Thu, 08. Nov 2018

The training programme "International Deans’ Course" continues with part two in the Philippines

32 deans from Southeast Asia who participated in the „International Deans’ Course” (IDC) in Germany continued their training in the Philippines.

IDC 2018 Closing Ceremony, Manila, Philippines

(Osnabrück, November 8th, 2018)


This year, the second part of the three-part training programme was hosted by the Centro Escolar University in the Philippine capital city of Manila.


Following the successful start of the one-year programme in Osnabrück this June, the participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines gathered for the second stage of the programme in Manila. Topics like Change Management, University Rankings and Project Management were covered. All participants developed and initiated a project which is linked to their home institutions. Experts from Germany and Asia supported the deans by providing new input. Participants used the opportunity to learn about the challenges of universities in the Philippines, by visiting three universities.


Project director Prof. Dr. Peter Mayer from the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences was genuinely fond of the intense exchange – especially because of the encounter of different perspectives. „On the one hand some participants come from very renowned internationally accredited universities and on the other hand others come from young universities which need to find their way in the academic world. Additionally, public and private universities are represented. The exchange is an intellectual enrichment for everyone.”


The third and final section of the training programme will take place at the beginning of 2019 in Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java.


The IDC is a joined initiative of the German Rector’s Conference (HRK), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE), the Freie Universität Berlin and the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. The DAAD funds the project with means of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

For more information, contact:

Professor Dr. Peter Mayer

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