Training Course: Management of Internationalisation and German-Ukrainian Academic Cooperation 2020-2024

The current blended learning training course “Management of Internationalisation and German-Ukrainian Academic Cooperation” has been developed by the International Office (IO) of Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) within the DAAD Programme “Support for the internationalisation of Ukrainian higher education institutions – continuing education programmes for administrators at Ukrainian higher education institutions in education and academic management (2019–2021)” to meet the needs of German-Ukrainian academic cooperation.

The key objective of the 18-months training course is to qualify staff (either International Office staff or higher education managers responsible for coordinating international activities) of Ukrainian universities. The programme is designed to provide participants with the profound knowledge of the different aspects of internationalisation and to enable them to manage the corresponding processes and tasks as well as foster the internationalisation of their universities. The participants will learn about the concepts and strategies of internationalisation of higher education in different countries; will compare German and Ukrainian systems as well as university structures. They will learn how to handle all aspects of academic mobility and research cooperation and also how to develop and implement a suitable strategy of internationalisation or any other individual project from the field of internationalisation, which is relevant to their home university. The programme provides an insight into the available funding instruments for international cooperation with on-site-visits of Volkswagen Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, HRK, DAAD, DFG as well as short internships at selected institutions. The German-Ukrainian Academic Society e.V. as well as the Science Management Network support the realisation of the programme and provides guidance for individual projects as well as assistance in internship placements and networking activities and contacts. Furthermore, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv supports the training course by providing the corresponding regional knowledge and expertise.

The training is designed to accommodate the needs of various Ukrainian institutions of higher education with different levels of experience in the field of internationalisation and assist them to establish or join the corresponding national and international networks. The gained international administrative capacities and corresponding professional skills will enable the participants to use the networks and launch co-operative cross border projects of mutual interest. Thus, the project will also support the establishment of sustainable institutional contacts and networks.

Course Content and Methodology

The first module is mainly conceptually driven. The training course itself will methodologically focus on the practical aspects of internationalisation. It consists of an attendance period (3 workshops in Germany March 2020, September 2020 and February 2021 and one in Ukraine in June 2021), online as well as individual and group work.

The participants will learn about examples of “good practice” from different regions, and then apply the acquired knowledge to their everyday work in their own universities. Entering into an international dialogue will improve and train their management and intercultural skills, and enhance their awareness and knowledge about developments in internationalisation processes. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to network and establish networks.

Each participant will develop and work on an Internationalisation Project at their Ukrainian university that fits the institutional goals. The participants will be continuously advised during the learning process by mentors and colleagues to guarantee the most individual-tailored training. Shortly after the selection, participants will receive preparatory reading and working materials, which provides them with insights into conceptual issues. The literature will also help them to reflect on the individual/institutional status quo and their specific projects.

Participants in 2020-2021 from the following universities

Team of the Leibniz University Hannover

Dr. Birgit Barden-Läufer

Director of the International Office


Nataliya Butych

Regional Coordinator for Central and Eastern Europe