Deans from eleven Latin American countries participate in the 3rd International Deans' Course
The objective of the course is to address the various models of management, planning and strategy in their positions as deans
Alicante, 3 November 2014
A total of 22 deans from universities in Latin America, Chile, Colombia, Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru have gathered this week at the University of Alicante to participate in the second training module of the Latin American International Deans' Course. In order to develop and strengthen their skills and acquire specific understanding to enable them to better manage their institutions, the course is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German University Presidents’ Conference within the DIES Programme ((Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) for higher education management, hence the first part of the course has been taught in German.
According to the course director at the UA, Joaquin Marhuenda, the working sessions will be focused on the development of a training module on funding, quality, human resources, research and strategic planning, which will be taught by lecturers from the universities of Alicante and Saarland (Germany). Marhuenda also explains that the aim is to introduce and describe good practices from each European university for the representatives of Latin American universities and to apply the knowledge in their institutions.
The course was inaugurated this morning at the assembly hall of the Faculty of Economics with the attendance of the UA president, Manuel Palomar, who insisted on the importance of sharing experiences that can improve the management and effectiveness of the mission of universities. The working sessions will continue until 7 November. The third module will be developed with online specific content that will culminate in an onsite sessions that will be held in Chile's Viña del Mar University during the month of April. There, the deans must present the strategic plans for their respective universities as the main result of the course.
The project is coordinated by the International Project Management Office from the University of Alicante.