The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) at the University
of Oldenburg (Germany) are jointly organising the sixteenth DIES University Leadership and Management
Training Programme UNILEAD in Oldenburg, enabling young managers at higher education institutions in
developing and emerging 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).
Further information on the DAAD DIES Programme and the DIES Training Courses can be found at

Application Requirements and Process

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 emphasise 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).
    The Selection Committee composed of high-profile higher education management experts meets in
    November 2022.

The selection criteria are based on the following points:

  • Personal profile match
  • Motivation letter
  • Institutional profile match

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

Strict closing date of the application is October 11, 2022, 10.00 am Central European Summer Time.

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