Leibniz University 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 Católica San Pablo – UCSP (Arequipa, Peru), Manipal Academy of Higher Education – MAHE (Manipal, India), and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – JKUAT (Nairobi, Kenya).

  1. What does the training course want to achieve?
    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 and procedures 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.
  2. Course Content and Methodology
    The course is composed of four thematic modules. Each training unit offers a balance between conceptual learning components and practice-oriented training, management skills as well as soft skills.
    The programme consists of three workshops and the work on a specific project of internationalisation. Although the first module is mainly conceptually driven, the training course will methodologically focus on the practical aspects of internationalisation. Participants will learn about examples of “good practice” from different countries all over the world, and then apply the acquired knowledge to their everyday work in their own universities. Entering into an international dialogue will improve and train their management and intercultural skills, and enhance their awareness and knowledge about developments in internationalisation processes. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to network and establish partnerships worldwide.
    Each participant will develop and work on an Internationalisation Project that fits their position and institutional goals (e. g. strategic plan of HEI). This practice-oriented work will help them to define specific and realistic goals, develop a roadmap, set their own milestones, and to keep record of their tasks.
    The participants will be continuously advised during the learning process by mentors and colleagues to guarantee the most individual-tailored training. Shortly after their selection, participants will receive preparatory reading and working materials, which provides them with insights into conceptual issues. The literature will also help them to reflect on the individual/institutional status quo and their specific projects.
  3. Schedule
    As the workshops of the course are interconnected, participants must take part in all three workshops and report regularly about their projects between and during the workshops. An institutional written commitment to fulfil these activities is mandatory (see application and selection procedure).
  4. Who can apply? (Selection Criteria, Participants’ Profile)
    Up to 30 participants from an institution in one of the following countries will be selected:
    Latin America: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru.
    Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa,
    South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
    Asia: Cambodia, India, Iran, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
    Participants’ Profile
    – At least 2 years of experience in the area of International Higher Education Management: either as international office staff or higher education managers responsible for coordinating international activities.
    – Preferably between 30 and 50 years of age.
    – English language skills (speaking and writing) – minimum C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference or equivalent (TOEFL score 90, IELTS Band 6.5)
    – Commitment to
    a) attend all workshops and to develop an internationalisation project for their universities,
    b) report every two months on their internationalisation project.
    – Minimum technical equipment that guarantees the regular contact during the distance phases: internet connection and, if possible, IT support for video conferences.A gender balance is aimed at, given that qualifications and other criteria are fulfilled.
  5. Funding and Costs
    The largest part of the training course is financed by the DAAD from funds that are provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); The overall course costs are 13,800 € per participant, from which 13,300 € are covered.
    a) DAAD Funding
    Each chosen participant will receive financial support from the DAAD. This will cover the following expenses (according to DAAD regulations):
    Travel expenses: Flight to and from Germany and ground travel to and from Hannover, Bonn (as part of the first workshop) and Berlin (as part of the third workshop), flight to and from Arequipa, Nairobi and Manipal respectively, as part of the second regional workshop.
    Accommodation during the presence phases in Germany and the regional workshops (according to DAAD regulations).
    Meals (usually breakfast and one additional meal) during the presence phase in Germany and the regional workshops – as per DAAD regulations, the programme coordinators cannot provide full board.
    Emergency health insurance during the presence phases in Germany.
    b) Expected Co-funding:
    Participants’ home institutions are expected to cover:
    a one-time tuition fee of 500,- € (to be paid at the beginning of the course)
    – A guaranteed budget for the internationalisation project described in the participant’s application
    – In addition, participants have to cover local transportation in their home countries, visa costs, and possible additional per diems for the duration of the workshops.
  6. Application and Selection Procedure
    Please note: We accept only one application from each university.
    Application documents are:
    1. Online Application Form – As the progress during the online application cannot be saved, applicants may prepare their application in advance with the sample form in the annex. However, only applications sent via the online application will be accepted.
    2. Letter of support from the top management of the university (President/Rector or Vice-Chancellor/Vice-Rector of the university), specifying:
    – why the candidate was selected and if and how she/he is supported by the university to attend this course,
    – relevance of his/her participation with reference to the development of internationalisation and/or general strategy of the university,
    – institutional financial support (s. co-funding: fees and project costs)
    – support to attend all three workshops (leave/travel permit, also for online workshops),
    – administrative and financial support to implement the project,
    – and the institutional commitment that the appointed person remains in his/her position until June 2023.
    3. Organisational chart of the university (depicting the section where the candidate is working in)
    4. Proof of English proficiency: minimum C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference or equivalent (TOEFL score 90, IELTS Band 6.5). A certificate of studies in an English-speaking country is also proof of proficiency. Phone interviews may be organised with short listed candidates to guarantee the requested proficiency in English.
    Application Process and Deadline
    You can submit your application online. Please fill out the Online Application Form and upload all application documents as separate pdf files until the 1st December 2021, at 09.00 am Central European Time.
    In case of technical issues or questions, please send us an e-mail to dies-info@zv.unihannover.de
    Incomplete applications will not be considered eligible and will be disregarded.
    The Selection Committee is composed of high profile Higher Education Management experts.
    The selection criteria are based on the following points:
    – Personal profile match
    – Institutional profile match
    – Motivation Letter & ITN Project
    – Recommendation of university’s top management
    A gender balance is aimed at, given that qualifications and other criteria are fulfilled.
    All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection process in the end of January 2022. Please, refrain to contact the coordination team beforehand.