Course description




The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Universities of Saarland (Germany) and Alicante (Spain), in cooperation with the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (AvH), are jointly organizing the DIES-International Deans’ Course for Latin America.

This intensive training course is part of the DIES program (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which has been jointly coordinated by the DAAD and HRK since 2001 (

The DIES IDC LA is jointly coordinated by Saarland University and the University of Alicante. Both institutions have been cooperating for a long period of time in projects focused on the evaluation, development, and improvement of university management in Latin American higher education institutions.

Course Content, Methodology and Schedule

he course brings together a group of 25 newly elected Deans and Vice-Deans from Universities in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru in order to enable the participants to tackle the challenges of holding a deans’ position. Issues such as Strategic Faculty Planning, Financial Management, Quality Management and Human Resources Management are key parts of this course, which  also includes a soft skills workshop.
The course will be conducted in English and Spanish.
Methodology is strictly practice oriented and mainly based on case studies. Personal experience as a university manager greatly contributes to this course and active participation is essential.

Participants develop a Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for their own faculty, which comprises the characteristics and strategies for the faculty, the role of the dean and the underlying administration and procedures in the thematic areas of the course. In this framework, participants develop and work on concrete measures to implement the strategy in their own faculty. The basic elements of the SAP are introduced in the first part and the continued work on the SAP is supported by distance coaching and via online webinars (Part II). Part III offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the implementation of their faculty strategy and other reform projects discussed by the participants during parts I and II.

The following list shows the dates of the presence and online modules:

       Module 1: Sept. 24th to 28th, 2018 in Saarbrücken, Germany.

       Module 2: Oct. 1st to 5th, 2018 in Alicante, Spain.

       Webinars: Online seminars between November 2018 and February 2019.

       Module 3: March 25th to 29th, 2019 in Latin America

Contact Details

International Deans’ Course Latin America

Tel. +34 965 909718 (University of Alicante)
Tel. +49 681302-71121 (Saarland University)