Welcome to the second DIES web seminar 2023 in the series “University Leadership in Challenging Times”, organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).
This international DIES web seminar will focus on the topic of “International Students’ Welfare”.
International students’ welfare is an important aspect of the successful implementation of internationalisation strategies of higher education institutions worldwide. Also for universities in the Global South students’ welfare is becoming an increasingly important dimension of higher education management. In this DIES web seminar, we would therefore like to draw particular attention to the situation in the Global South.
To introduce the topic and as a common ground for later exchange and discussions, Professor Dr Birgit Schreiber, Vice President, International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) and one of the most well-known experts in this field, will give a keynote address on trends of students’ welfare in the international context.
We will then discuss the opportunities and challenges of International Students Welfare with experts from three different world regions (Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia). They will share their experiences, perspectives and views on student’s welfare. “What is the added value of international students’ welfare for universities in the context of internationalisation? What are successful strategies for improvement and specific challenges in times of crises? How do the strategies differ in different regions or university types? What are the most relevant aspects/ strategic fields?” are some of the questions we will talk about.
Based on inputs from expert speakers, the web seminar will provide space for sharing experiences from different world regions and identifying examples of good practice.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) organise this series of web seminars in the framework of their joint DIES Programme.
DIES Web Seminar
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starting on November 9 2023, 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm (CET) / 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm (UCT)
Panel Speaker Dialogue Round:
"Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies" (DIES)
Universities throughout the world are operating in an increasingly dynamic environment characterised by global challenges. They face intense competition for students, highly qualified researchers and third-party funding. This holds true for developing countries too, where the demand for tertiary education has been skyrocketing over the last decades.
In light of these developments, higher education management in all its particulars is becoming more and more important in the field of international development cooperation. The programme “Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies” (DIES) has been jointly developed and coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) since 2001. DIES is strengthening capacities in higher education management, both on individual and institutional level. It offers a wide range of tailored activities training courses, dialogue events and university partnerships. – These activities not only foster the competences of academic staff, but also contribute to the enhancement of institutional management at universities in developing countries. DIES focuses on three key partner regions: Africa, Spanish-speaking Latin America and Southeast Asia. Funding is provided by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The DAAD is a joint organisation of German institutions of higher education and their student bodies, devoted to internationalising the academic and scientific research system. With its broad range of scholarship programmes, the DAAD enables students, researchers and university lecturers to take advantage of the best study and research opportunities. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 2.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. Apart from the scholar ship programmes the DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy and assists developing countries in establishing effective universities by means of special programmes.
German Rectors’ Conference (HRK)
The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is the association of state and state-recognised universities in Germany. The HRK currently has 269 member institutions, in which over 90 per cent of all students in Germany are enrolled. The HRK functions as the voice of the universities in dialogue with politicians and the public and as the central forum for opinion-forming in the higher education sector. The HRK cooperates with universities and corresponding organisations all over the world. Its aim is to represent the interest of German universities at an international level and to support German universities in their internationalisation process.