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Mon, 02. Nov 2020

The training programme „International Deans’ Course Southeast Asia” continues with part two virtually

Deans from Southeast Asia who participated in the very first online edition of the „DIES International Deans’ Course” (IDC) in summer 2020 continue their training in the last week of October.

Prof. Mayer in Zoom

Experts discuss the topic of the university rankings

(Osnabrück, November 2nd, 2020)

Following the successful start of the one-year programme this June, the participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Lest and Vietnam gathered for the second stage. Highly relevant topics such as Change Management, University Rankings and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education were covered. As well, the group used the opportunity of the joint forum for discussing the implications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation in their respective national higher education systems. As an individual key element of the training, every participant developed and initiated a project addressing specific challenges at their faculties. Experts from Germany and Asia supported the deans by providing new input and practical counsel.

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 within IDC and its community is an intellectual enrichment for everyone.”

The third and final section of the training programme is scheduled to take place end of January 2021.

The IDC is a joint 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)