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DAAD University Leadership and Management Training Programme (UNILEAD) 2021

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.

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

1. Funding

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.

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.

2. Participants’ Profile

UNILEAD is targeting 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.

3. Application Requirements and Process

Applications can be submitted via the online application form on the UNILEAD-website at 

Strict closing date of the application is October 13th, 2020, 09.00 am Central European Summer Time.

4. 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

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For further information, please kindly refer to the attached file here.