DIES programme participants in Kenya: using disseminators to spread leadership training for deans
National Multiplication Training took place in Kakamega, Kenya, between 24 and 27 July as part of the DIES programme, coordinated by DAAD and HRK. During this training programme, disseminators pass on the knowledge and methods they have acquired in international DIES programmes, such as the International Deans’ Course, to other university leaders in Kenya.
For more than ten years, the CHE Centre for Higher Education has been active in Africa, where it runs an International Dean’ Course (IDC). Every two years, CHE and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences are commissioned by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) to provide advanced training to 30 deans in the areas of strategic faculty management, project management, leadership, conflict management and quality management. However, the number of deans requiring such training exceeds 30 by far. A new approach taken is for participants in international DIES (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) programmes to become disseminators in their home countries, developing national courses involving the use of the methods learned. In this way, an even larger number of university leaders can be trained in these fields.
A team of individuals from several Kenyan universities has embraced this idea and developed a national leadership training programme for deans on the basis of the IDC format. The second workshop was held at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega from 24 to 27 July 2018, marking the successful completion of the training programme. CHE Executive Director Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele accompanied the development of the programme, provided input on conflict management and financial management on the ground in Kakamega, and organised peer consulting. “National multiplication is a crucial step towards enhancing the sustainability and broad impact of programmes such as the International Deans’ Course,” stated Ziegele, commending the initiative. Similar national multiplication training programmes are currently taking place in other African, Asian and Latin American countries, coordinated by the University of Potsdam.
Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele (fourth from left) with participants and organisers of the national multiplication training programme