The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) at the University of Oldenburg (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 successfully tackle 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.

Developed in 2008, UNILEAD is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies), which is jointly coordinated by the DAAD and German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) since 2001 and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Participants’ Profile
UNILEAD is targeting higher education managers from developing and emerging 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.

Application Requirements and Process
Applications can be submitted via the online application form on the UNILEAD-website at : https://go-dl.uni-oldenburg.de/unilead/
Strict closing date of the application is October 11, 2021, 10.00 am Central European Summer Time.

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 Vice- Chancellor/Vice-Rector of the university) including date and signature. The letter should describe and emphazise the managerial qualifications and leadership competencies, the future potential of the candidate – 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).

More info on DIES UNILEAD 2022, can be found in this CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (pdf, 222.48 KB)

Should you have further questions, please contact:
Ms Christine Vajna
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Center for Lifelong Learning
26129 Oldenburg, Germany

E-Mail: unilead@uni-oldenburg.de