The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) premises in Cairo has hosted 19 participants from Egypt and Sudan within the DIES Training Programme “Management of Internationalization Egypt-Sudan” which is jointly organized by DAAD, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and Leibniz Universität Hannover with the funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The key objective of the training course is to bring together university managers from Egypt and Sudan in order to enable them to manage processes and tasks of internationalisation in the area of higher education efficiently. Furthermore, participants shall be supported to set up effective structures of internationalisation at their home universities.

Participants were very interactive and engaged during the whole training course which included Intercultural Communication and Project Management Training as well as the presentation of their own developed “Personal Action Plan”. This is a project that deals with internationalisation and that should help them to define and develop their own specific goals, a roadmap and the feasibility to be implemented at their home Universities.

The welcome notes have shown the interest and the keenness of the Egyptian and Sudanese Universities in strengthening their international offices, as mentioned by Prof. Mohammed El-Shenawi, Adviser to the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education, which was also conducted in Dr. Roman Luckscheiter’s speech, Director of DAAD Cairo Office, as he assured the continuation of DAAD support for such fruitful cooperation and capacity building for Young Egyptian Experts with the lead of successful German Universities such as Leibniz Universität Hannover.

The 5 day workshop was moderated and designed by Dr. Birgit Barden-Läufer, Director, International Office, Leibniz Universität Hannover and Dr. Balasubramanian Ramani, regional coordinator at the International Office, Leibniz Universität Hannover. The training course is designed for two phases one was held in February and another scheduled for October where participants amongst others shall present by the end of the training course the results of the “Personal Action Plan”.