Management Training Schemes


This inventory is the product of a research project undertaken in 2017 by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) on behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). The project was developed under the title “State of Play: Higher Education Management Training Schemes in the Field of Development Cooperation” and resulted in a final report, which is freely available to the public.

The purpose of the research was to gain insight into the global landscape of higher education management training schemes worldwide—although with special emphasis on those training schemes that share some fundamental characteristics with the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) and the International Deans’ Course, offered jointly by the DAAD and HRK. Key characteristics include an international or cross-border dimension (rather than an exclusive domestic focus or orientation); some longevity over time (i.e., having operated for a number of years with various iterations of a training course or courses); some type of cohort model; and a “public good orientation,” rather than an exclusive profit-making orientation.

Organization and content

The inventory presented here features 37 distinct programs or providers of higher education management training schemes. The list is not meant to be globally exhaustive; there are many different kinds of higher education management training schemes in operation around the world and by no means are all of them contained in this inventory.

The inventory is organized geographically and visually—that is, users are invited to explore a world map where each instance of a program/provider is represented by a dot. (The dots do not correspond to specific street addresses; rather they are indicative of cities, generally speaking, where the programs/providers indicate their main offices are physically located.)

Given that each training program/provider itself provides its own best descriptions of purpose, scope, and approaches—and these profiles may evolve over time—this inventory aims to simply “orient” users to the existence of these selected programs. As such, each dot on the map provides users with the name of the provider and/or specific program(s) offered, as well as links to relevant websites for further exploration.

The “State of Play” final report provides further information on some of the key trends and issues that this landscape of programs/providers presents.

Moving forward

Now that our specific “State of Play” research has concluded, we are keen to expand on this work. Although this particular study focused on identifying training schemes with specific kinds of characteristics, we recognize that a wide array of other such programs is in operation around the world. Anyone with information on additional international higher education management training schemes, particularly aimed at cultivating university leadership in a context of development cooperation, is invited to contact We would be happy to consider making additions to this global inventory, to help maintain an ongoing perspective on worldwide activity focused on this important work.

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