Apply for DIES training course UNILEAD 2019 – Germany


DAAD and the University of Oldenburg jointly organise the DIES University Leadership and Management Training Programme (UNILEAD) in Oldenburg, enabling young managers between the ages of 30 and 40 years at higher education institutions in developing countries to successfully tackle everyday management challenges.

Next application deadline: October 9, 2018

The program offers two programme components – training courses and dialogue events – that foster the competencies of academic staff and contribute to the enhancement of institutional management at universities in developing countries. In addition, the measures facilitate the exchange on matters of higher education management between participants from Germany and the respective partner countries. In the context of DIES projects, the DAAD and the HRK cooperate with foreign partner organisations on current reform topics. For this purpose, dialogue events, and training courses in the target region are combined with a particular thematic focus. What all DIES components have in common is that they pursue a practical approach, facilitating change by means of developing the skills and competencies of individual staff members. DIES thereby aims at improving the institutional higher education management as well as aligning the higher education systems with the national and regional development goals, so as to contribute to stronger and more international universities in developing countries in the long run. The programme takes place at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

Target group

Participants’ profile

Participants are young university leaders aged between 30 and 40 years and hold at least a Master’s degree.

They have been holding a university management position with managerial and personnel responsibilities for at least two years in one of the following fields:

o Managers of central university departments (Planning, Evaluation, Financing, Human Resources, Continuing Education, International Offices, Technology Transfer etc.).

o Task force managers for university reform projects.

oManagers of staff development units or programmes.

At universities in 

o South East Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam).

o Sub-Saharan Africa (Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda).

oLatin America (Bolivia, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru).

o Middle East (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen).


Applications can be submitted online via

Further information on the DAAD DIES Programme and the DIES Training Courses can be found on or on


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