Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DAAD DIES University Leadership and Management Training Programme 2021, Germany (Fully Funded)


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Center of Lifelong Learning (C3L) at the University of Oldenburg in Germany are jointly organising the DIES University Leadership and Management Training Programme UNILEAD in Oldenburg, enabling young managers at higher education institutions in developing countries to tackle successfully every-day challenges. In order to do so, the programme brings together the topics Project Management, Strategic Management & Academic Leadership and Human Resource Management with individual and practice-oriented change projects of each participant.
Developed in 2008, UNILEAD is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies), which is jointly coordinated by the DAAD and German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) since 2001 and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Further information on the DAAD DIES Programme and the DIES Training Courses can be found at

UNILEAD focuses on three key areas:

  • Project Management. This includes courses on Methodology of Project Management and Financial Management in Projects.
  • Strategic Management & Academic Leadership. This includes courses of theoretical basics and practical tools for the Development and Implementation of Strategic Management and Acquisition of Competences in the area of Leadership.
  • Human Resource Management. This includes courses on Instruments of Human Resource Development, Conflict Management and Communication.


During the contact phases the participants will be guests of the University of Oldenburg.
Following expenses will be covered:
  • Course costs UNILEAD approx. 5.500 €.
  • Travel costs: Flights to and from Germany (Economy class) and ground travel to and from Oldenburg (2. Class train). We kindly ask the participants to make their own travel arrangements – they will then be reimbursed in cash upon arrival in Oldenburg.
  • Accommodation (including breakfast) and some joint meals at the two contact phases in Germany.
  • Emergency health insurance during the contact phases.


UNILEAD targets higher education managers from developing countries. The two key criteria are:
  • Applicants have been holding a university management position with managerial and personnel responsibilities no longer than 4 years in one of the following fields:
    • Managers of central university departments (Planning, Quality Management, Human Resources, Continuing Education; excluding academic units such as Deans, Vice Deans, Head of Department)
    •  Task force managers for university reform projects
    •  Managers of staff development units or programmes
  • Active and excellent English language skills (speaking and writing) are indispensable. Phone interviews will be organised with short listed candidates to guarantee the requested proficiency.
Further criteria are:
  • Applicants are university leaders preferably between 30 and 40 years.
  • Applicants hold at least a Master’s degree.
  • The provision of international experience will be an asset.
Eligible Countries:

Participants from higher education institutions of the following countries are eligible to apply:
  • South East Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Latin America: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.
  • Middle East and Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. 


How to Apply:
Applications can be submitted via the online application form on the UNILEAD-website at


13 October 2020


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