Cooperation Programmes


DIES-Training Course International Deans’ Course

DIES-Training course "Management of Internationalisation" 2019-2020

Leibniz Universität Hannover, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) are jointly organising the DIES Training Course “MANAGEMENT OF INTERNATIONALISATION” in cooperation with Universidad de Guanajuato – UG (Guanajuato, México), Manipal Academy of Higher Education – MAHE (Manipal, India), and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – JKUAT (Nairobi, Kenya).

The training course is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies), which has been jointly coordinated by the DAAD and the HRK (German Rectors’ Conference) since 2001.
The key objective of the training course is to qualify university staff (either International Office staff or higher education managers responsible for coordinating international activities) from selected countries of Africa, Latin America, and Asia, to manage processes and tasks of internationalisation in the area of higher education. The programme will enable the participants to build up improved and more effective structures of internationalisation at their home universities. The programme neither aims at universities with an already very developed stage of internationalisation, nor has as a main purpose to provide knowledge for proposal writing for third party funding.

After reading the call for applications, you can submit your application here

Please fill out the application form and upload all application documents as separate pdf files until the 16th November 2018, at 09.00h Central European Time.

In case of technical issues or questions, please send us an e-mail.

Incomplete applications will not be considered eligible and will be disregarded.

The Selection Committee composed of high profile Higher Education Management experts and staff of DAAD and HRK.

All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection process in the 2nd- 4th week of December 2018. Please, refrain to contact the coordination team beforehand.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) 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 is coordinated by DAAD and HRK and which aims at strengthening higher education management structures in developing countries.

Part I: two-week seminar in Osnabrück and Berlin, Germany (June 17th to June 28th, 2019)

Part II: three-days intermediate workshop in Kenya, November 5th to 7th, 2019

Part III: one-week seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 3rd to 6th, 2020 (tbc)


Participants’ Profile

  • Participants should be deans, vice-deans aiming at taking over a dean’s position in the future or heads of department. In case that applicants come from specialised, decentralised universities (e.g. University of Natural Sciences, Regional Colleges) applications from newly appointed Vice- Presidents/ -Rectors are also highly welcomed.
  • Participants should be preferably between 40 and 50 years old.
  • Eligible countries are: Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.


International travel costs, board and lodging as well as the substantial part of the tuition fee will be covered by funds from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The participants’ home universities are expected to contribute to the costs by paying a fee of 300 Euro (less than 10 % of overall individual costs) for the completion of the three parts of the course.

Application Requirements and Process

The application includes:

- application form (incl. curriculum vitae)

- letter of motivation (incl. draft of PAP)

- organisational chart of the university (showing the section where the candidates are working in)

- letter of recommendation from the university leadership

- letter of recommendation of a DAAD alumni will be appreciated.

Fluency in English is required and mandatory in order to be admitted to the course. In case of applicants from non-Anglophone countries: Proof of excellent English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL; Cambridge Certificate) will be an asset. In individual cases phone interviews will be organised with short listed candidates to guarantee the requested proficiency.

Please send your application via e-mail until October 31st, 2018 to the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences: Mr Alexander Rupp,  

All applicants will be informed on the results of the selection process in February 2019.