Information on the International Deans’ Course Africa 2013/14
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – Section for Joint Higher Education Management
Programmes (DIES) and the Regional Office in Nairobi – and the University of Applied Sciences
Osnabrück (FHOs), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Centre for Higher Education
Development (CHE) in cooperation with the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and partner
universities in Africa are jointly organising the International Deans’ Course for Africa. This intensive
training course is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies)
which has been jointly coordinated by DAAD and HRK since 2001.
The key objective of the course is to bring together a group of about 30 deans, vice-deans, and heads
of departments – many of them alumni of DAAD and Humboldt Foundation – from universities of the
African region and to assist in preparing 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 workshop
and an exchange with German university leaders about higher education reforms will be included as
Methodology will be strictly practice oriented and mainly based on case studies. Personal experience
as a university manager will greatly contribute to this course and active participation will be necessary.
The course starts in July with a seminar of about two weeks in Osnabrück and Berlin, Germany.
The University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück is the academic coordinator of the course. The UAS
Osnabrück offers an innovative MBA Programme in Higher Education Management for professionals of
German universities and science organisations and, therefore, has in-depth experience in the field of professional training at an academic level. The CHE is a German key provider of expertise on higher education policy and management and has organised an important number of national workshops and trainings on faculty management. The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) will bring in practical experience from its member universities as well as from its national project on quality management.
The team includes also three high ranking African higher education experts who have been important partners in this project since 2007. They will also act as contact partners for the participants in between the presence phases of the course to support the implementation of the individual reform projects.
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