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DAAD/University of Oldenburg DIES UNILEAD 2021 for University Managers in Developing Countries

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.

Young managers at higher education institutions in developing countries can now apply for the DIES UNILEAD course offered by the University of Oldenburg in 2021. The course brings together the topics Project Management, Strategic Management & Academic Leadership and Human Resource Management with individual and practice-oriented change projects of each participant.

UNILEAD is a short, practice oriented learning programme for young University Leaders in the field of Higher Education Management. In 2008 it was developed in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (DIES programme) and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elisabeth (South Africa). 

UNILEAD focuses on different topics within Education Management and aims at fostering innovative projects in the area of organisational development and Human Resource Management in higher education institution. The participants acquire techniques and methods, which enable them to effectively and efficiently organise institutional management in their home institutions.

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DAAD scholarship in Germany is a private, federally funded and state-funded, self governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany, representing 365 German higher education institutions (100 universities and technical universities, 162 general universities of applied sciences, and 52 colleges of music and art) [2003]. The DAAD itself does not offer programs of study or courses, but awards competitive, merit-based grants for use toward study and/or research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education. It also awards grants to German... read more


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DAAD/University of Oldenburg DIES University Leadership and Management Training Programme


Aim and Benefits of DAAD/University of Oldenburg DIES University Leadership and Management Training Programme

During the contact phases the participants will be guests of the University of Oldenburg.
Following expenses will be covered:

  1. Course costs UNILEAD approx. 5.500 €.
  2. 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 bereimbursed in cash upon arrival in Oldenburg.
  3. Accommodation (including breakfast) and some joint meals at the two contact phases in Germany.
  4. Emergency health insurance during the contact phases.

Expected co-funding: Participants’ home institutions are expected to contribute to the course costs by paying a
one-time fee of 300,00 €. The fee will be deducted from the travel reimbursement in the first contact phase.
In addition, local transportation in the participants’ home countries, visa costs and possible additional per diems
for the stay in Germany have to be covered by the participants and/or their home institution.
Further details on terms and conditions will be given to the admitted applicants together with the invitation letter.

UNILEAD focuses on three key areas:

  1. Project Management. This includes courses on Methodology of Project Management and Financial Management in Projects.
  2. 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.
  3. Human Resource Management. This includes courses on Instruments of Human Resource Development, Conflict Management and Communication.

Using a blended learning approach, UNILEAD is structured in two on-site contact phases at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and trainer guided online phases.

 


Requirements for DAAD/University of Oldenburg DIES University Leadership and Management Training Programme Qualification

 UNILEAD targets higher education managers from developing countries. The two key criteria are:

  1. Applicants have been holding a university management position with managerial and personnel responsibilities no longer than 4 years in one of the following fields:
    1. Managers of central university departments (Planning, Quality Management, Human Resources, Continuing Education; excluding academic units such as Deans, Vice Deans, Head of Department)
    2. Task force managers for university reform projects
    3. Managers of staff development units or programmes
  2.  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:

  1. Applicants are university leaders preferably between 30 and 40 years.
  2. Applicants hold at least a Master’s degree.
  3. The provision of international experience will be an asset.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for DAAD/University of Oldenburg DIES University Leadership and Management Training Programme

The selection criteria are based on the following points:

  1. Personal profile match
  2. Motivation letter
  3. Institutional profile match
  4. Description of reform project in concordance with the strategy of the university
  5. Influence and impact of the project on the university's strategy
  6. Recommendation of university’s top management

The selected candidates will be informed about the results of the selection meeting by mid of December 2020.


Documents Required for Application

Following information and documents are requirements for an application:

  1. Application Form including a clear practice-oriented Project Proposal – using the online-form providedon the website.
  2. Letter of Motivation including date and signature – uploaded to online-application form as pdf-file.
  3. Letter of Recommendation from university top management (President/Rector or Vice-Chancellor/Vice-Rector of the university) including date and signature in which the managerial qualifications and leadership competencies, the future potential of the candidate is described and emphasized – uploaded to online-application form as pdf-file.
  4. 4. Proof of excellent English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate) will be an asset (pdf-file).


Application Deadline

October 13, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on go-dl.uni-oldenburg.de to apply

Contact details of Programme Management
Ms Christine Vajna
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Dept. of Continuing Education and Education Management (we.b)/C3L
26129 Oldenburg
Germany
E-Mail: [email protected]
https://uol.de/en/unilead

For more details, visit DAAD website



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