UNILEAD Leadership and Management Training Programme 2021

Applications are invited from young managers at higher education institutions in developing countries for UNILEAD Training Programme 2020/2021.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Department of Continuing Education and Education Management (we.b) at the Carl von Ossietzky 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 and Human Resource Management with individual and practice-oriented change projects of each participant.

Developed in 2008, UNILEAD is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies), which has been jointly coordinated by the DAAD and HRK (German Rectors’ Conference) since 2001. Further information on the DAAD DIES Programme and the DIES Training Courses can be found at www.daad.de/dies/en.

Programme Contents and Methodology UNILEAD focuses on three key areas:

  1. Project Management (PM). This includes courses on Methodology of Project Management, Financial Management in Projects and Risk Management.
  2. Strategic Management (StM). This includes courses of theoretical basics and practical tools for the Development and Implementation of Strategic Management in higher education institutions.
  3. Human Resource Management (HRM). This includes courses on Instruments of Human Resource Development, Leadership, Conflict Management and Communication.

Further criteria are:

  • Applicants are young university leaders aged between 30 and 40 years.
  • Applicants hold at least a Master’s degree.
  • The provision of international experience will be an asset.

Eligible Countries

Participants from higher education institutions of the following countries are eligible to apply:

  • South East Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Latin America: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.
  • Middle East and Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia


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.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted via the online application form on the UNILEAD-website at https://go-dl.uni-oldenburg.de/unilead/

Following information and documents are requirements for an application:

1. Application Form including a clear practice-oriented Project Proposal – using the online-form provided on 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 ViceChancellor/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. Proof of excellent English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate) will be an asset (pdf-file).

Closing Date

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

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