Welcome to the second DIES web seminar 2022 in the series “University Leadership in Challenging Times”, organised by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
This international DIES web seminar will focus on the theme “Leadership Styles: What Works in Higher Education?”.
To the same extent that universities have had to respond to new challenges and difficult framework conditions in recent years and find suitable answers, the spectrum of tasks of university leadership has changed. Consequently, there is a new awareness for the requirements of these positions, expectations have grown steadily, and the aspects of leadership competences have come into focus. While in the past, administrative and representative tasks often predominated at university management level, today strategically experienced university leaders are in demand who can further develop their institution in a forward-looking way and develop persuasive power both internally and externally.
But what constitutes good and effective leadership in the university context? What are decisive aspects for successful action? Are there differences between regions regarding leadership styles? Do cultural framework conditions play a role? Can leadership be learned? In the first part of the seminar these and other topics will be discussed by university leaders of different regions who will be sharing their experiences and observations on the multiple aspects of leadership in different settings. The second part of the seminar offers all participants the opportunity to discuss these and further questions in breakout sessions to deepen the exchange and to share experiences from different parts of the world. The sessions aim not only to explore whether there are specific characteristics of (fe)male leadership, but also ask whether and if yes, in how far cultural circumstances have an influence on leadership styles and whether a training for leadership is possible.
The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organise this series of web seminars in the framework of their joint DIES Programme.
DIES Web Seminar
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starting on November 30 2022, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CET) / 1:00 pm – 4:00 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 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.
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.