Thu, 21/07/2022 to Mon, 22/08/2022

The DIES Alumni Forum is meant to bring together DIES alumni to share views and perspectives on recent developments in higher education as well as to exchange practices and discuss pressing issues in the dynamic field of higher education management and its capacity building from an inter-regional perspective.

The Forum will be hosted by the University of Potsdam from Germany and carried out in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), and the European partner institutions who are implementing training courses in the DIES Programme, i.e. Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Leibniz University Hannover, Saarland University together with University of Alicante, University of Applied Science Osnabrück together with Centre for Higher Education, and University of Cologne.

DIES Alumni from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia will be invited to join this event, making it a unique opportunity to exchange between different HE areas and world regions.

This year, the central theme of the Forum will be “Higher Education Institutions in Transformation? The Impact of the Pandemic”. There has been a great number of discussions about the initial pandemic disruptions, the (emergency) reactions of HEIs and the first lessons drawn. At the time of this Call, when many institutions around the world are getting back into more or even full presence mode of operation again, it is crucial to rethink the learnings and explore the consequences of the pandemic to the higher education institutions and the future higher education. The 2022 Forum thus wants to give the opportunity to exchange and discuss initiated changes drawn from the pandemic experiences as well as open issues arising from them.

DIES Alumni from all fields of higher education management are invited to contribute to the Forum. The Forum is an excellent opportunity to present strategies and practices in higher education management and its capacity building, share ideas and obtain feedback from peers and stakeholders on topics that are of interest to you.

There are two types of proposals: (1) proposal of case presentations and (2) proposal as starters for open discussion.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 22 August 2022, 18.00 CET.

The Forum 2022 will offer three events, each connected to the main theme. It will be held live over Zoom on October 27, November 3 and 10 (about 2.5 hours per day).

For questions, please contact We look forward to receiving your inspiring proposals!