Project Overview

Project Overview


Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies - Partnerships with Higher Education Institutions in Developing Countries (DIES-Partnerships)

Project Title

Nurturing a Culture of Excellence in University Management through Leadership Development and Partnerships

Project Responsibility

Hochschule Osnabrück  (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences)

Head of the Project

Prof. Dr. Peter Mayer

Participating Universities

Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, Indonesia  
Universitas Kristen Wira Wacana, Sumba, Indonesia
Universitas Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia
Universitas Ottow Geissler, Papua, Indonesia 

Project Sponsor 

DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e.V.

Funding period

1st January 2020 – 31st December 2023


Project Goals

The first outcome of the project should be a transformation of leadership and institutional management in order to upgrade the quality of education and the creation and fostering respectively of a culture of quality at four Indonesian universities. The following aspects are going to be addressed:  

  • Enhancing university leadership by introducing management techniques, supporting leaders in acquiring and applying managerial skills and helping them in networking.
  • Enhancing pedagogic teaching and learning skills by showing ways how the university leadership can support faculty to improve.
  • Improving the research infrastructure and raising the research output by introducing management know how aimed at research.
  • Improving the quality of the administrative structures and processes with a better utilization of IT.
  • Opening up the institutions for international cooperation.

The second outcome on the side of the UAS OS is the improvement of the understanding and ability to contribute to the development of higher education sectors in emerging economies by actively involving experienced experts, academic and management staffs in the project.

Furthermore, Indonesian and international experts are also involved in this four-year project between UAS OS and Indonesia, which will contribute to the success of the project. This collaboration enables the partners to strengthen the existing networks.

Project Design

The project basically consists of a sequence of workshops, starting in 2020 and ending in 2023. The initiative will be based on a trust-based approach of exchange with the aim of nurturing a culture of quality and excellence. There will be a core group of representatives from all universities participating in the project, which will meet over the length of the project to discuss possibilities for change and next steps. There will be the  rectors (or vice-rectors), deans and management staffs from the participating Indonesian universities.

The design implies inputs both from national and international experts, which then will be used by the mentored group to work on specific projects based on the well-established change management tool called “Project Action Plan” (PAP). 

The following sequence of activities is planned, consisting basically of an approach where a meeting with representatives from all participating universities is followed by a field visit, and having three rounds of such.