Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES)

Project Overview

Project Title Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES)
Project Number
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End January 1, 2002–December 31, 2010
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding German Government
Project Budget(EUR)
Implementing Organization / Consortium

- German University Rectors’ Conference (HRK)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
Beneficiary German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

DIES stands for “Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies”. DIES supports higher education institutions in developing countries to develop strategies, which improve the university management as well as the quality and relevance of study programmes. The DIES Programme is jointly conducted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). DIES Dialogue supports high-ranking conferences and seminars for the development of higher education institutions. The DAAD-DIES department organises praxis-oriented transnational DIES Training Courses pertaining to higher education management issues, such as the “International Deans Course”. DIES Partnerships supports South-South-North multiple-year higher education projects. With the DIES Projects extending over several years, we support the regional higher education organisations in their development and implementation of a quality assurance system.

Project Objectives

The „Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies“ (DIES) programme aimed to encourage international exchange of experience on questions of innovative higher education policy and to promote partnership-based cooperation between higher education institutions in industrial and developing countries in the field of higher education management.

DIES did so by contributing to capacity and institution building at different levels of management staff.

Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies
Related Projects

Central Asian Education Platform (CAEP)

Central Asia Education Cooperation Network

Subregional Cooperation in Managing Education Reforms


– Organisation of seminars on quality assurance, double degrees and the Bologna Process in line with European Standards (in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan)
– Development and organisation of training activities as supplemental tool to strengthen the communication between the government and higher education managers in beneficiary countries,
– Organisation and implementation of special training courses and seminars for university management and policy actors,
– Programme management including reporting, administrative and financial management.

Project Results

– Dialogue and Information – DIES Conferences were mainly directed at top managers, heads of universities and governmental representatives and served as high level platforms promoting dialogue and information exchange on issues of higher education policy,

– DIES seminars supported national initiatives for the improvement of quality assurance systems promoting the exchange between experts and policy makers on topics such as evaluation, accreditation, compatibility of study programme structures and diplomas or international mobility and exchange,

– Trainings Courses addressed the university leadership and middle management in topics such as faculty management, project, financial and human resource management, research management, tracer studies and proposal writing in developing countries. They were jointly organised with university partners in Germany and abroad,

– In Central Asia, DIES had been providing to the set-up of the German University in Kazakhstan through seminars and dialogue measures on curricula development and other related topics as well as the introduction of bachelor and master as well as double degree programs (Bologna Reform).

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