33 deans from South-East Asia have successfully completed the “International Deans
The third and final part of the DAAD programme, the International Deans' Course (IDC), was successfully completed in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 13 February. The 33 participating deans as well as heads of department came from HEIs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Laos and the Philippines. The IDC lasts nine months and consists of three workshop units lasting several days.
Dr. Jutta Fedrowitz, who is in charge of CHE’s professional education, and Dr. Christian Berthold, CHE Consult CEO, were members of the team of trainers.
The latest IDC, which has already taken place with participants from Asia for the fourth time, began in Germany last June with a two-week workshop split between Osnabrück and Berlin. The second part of the IDC took place at the Universiti Kebangsaan in Kuala Lumpur in November 2014. The course was rounded off with a further workshop week that has just finished in Yogyakarta. The Universitas Gajah Mada, one of Indonesia’s seven autonomous, public HEIs, was the local partner on the spot.
"From the very start, IDC participants work on their own project, the project action plan,” said Dr. Berthold. “This work links the workshops and is a common thread throughout the entire programme." He added: “The often animated discussions are exciting because the framework conditions are very different in each country. Some of the projects are so impressive that you wonder who is actually learning from whom here."
Dr. Fedrowitz said: "The IDC provides participants with important new information for faculty and university management. What is most fascinating is that various forms of peer learning at the IDC help participants tackle actual problems and initiate co-operations.”
Dr. Berthold said: "Over the years, it can be seen how the course supports participants’ careers. Some colleagues from former years now work in ministries or at the top level of university management.”
The focus of the IDC alternates between African and South-East Asian deans and heads of department. The course is executed by the CHE and Hochschule Osnabrück on behalf of DAAD and the German Rectors' Conference. The course, which is based on the CHE’s faculty management offers, was developed in 2006 and has taken place every year since.