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DIES National Multiplication Trainings 2019-2020

Academic Deans: Roles, Challenges, and Solutions


1. Background

Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies, known as DIES, jointly coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and financed by German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), has been offering dialogue seminars, conferences and trainings for higher education managers in developing countries for more than a decade. Currently DIES has more than 8,000 alumni who took part in its different activities.

With the aim to strengthen DIES alumni in their roles as multipliers in higher education management and to promote the sustainability of the DIES training courses, DIES has been supporting National Multiplication Trainings (NMT) since 2013. The last NMT cohort, which was centrally coordinated by the Center for Quality Development (ZfQ) at the University of Potsdam in Germany, was successfully completed in 2018 with ten alumni teams implementing trainings in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia with over 200 participants in total.

In the 2019-2020 cohort, CamEd Institute in collaboration with Phnom Penh International University (PPIU) have been provided technical support and granted funding of 37,035.10EUR, including 20,941EUR from DIES-National Multiplication Trainings (NMT) program and 16,094.10EUR in-cash and in-kind contributions from CamEd and PPIU. With these financial and technical support, CamEd and PPIU are organizing a National Multiplication Training Program known as DIES NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020. The main purpose of this program is to organize two 3-day training workshops to develop the capacity of higher education management, particularly deans and vice deans throughout the country.


2. The Objectives

NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020 aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To develop a full understanding of the multifunctional role of academic deans in local, regional and international higher education contexts
  2. To identify common and specific challenges that academic deans face in the Cambodian higher education context
  3. To equip the participants with knowledge and skills for managing their faculty effectively and efficiently


3. Learning Outcomes

At the end of the DIES NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020 program, the participants will be able to perform the following task:

  1. Have in-depth understanding of higher education management concepts, theories and practices
  2. Compare and contrast roles of academic deans in local, regional, and international higher education contexts
  3. Discuss and draw implications of issues and challenges faced by academic deans
  4. Develop a realistic personal action plan (PAP) and implement it effectively to assure the quality of their faculties/colleges
  5. Build professional networks for future collaborations with local and international institutions


4. Eligible Applicants

To apply for the DIES NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020 Program, the applicants need to fulfil all of the following requirements:


5. DIES NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020 Framework

This training program will be composed of four phases, including preliminary phase, training workshop 1 phase, training workshop 2 phase, and follow-up phase. During the preliminary phase, the selected participants will be required to do some reading of the relevant materials to be provided by the trainers and answer some comprehension questions before they share their outputs through webinar discussion, Skype and other available social media.

This knowledge and tentative topic will be discussed in details with the trainers and experts during the first workshop which will last for 3 days and will cover educational management topics

The second workshop which will last for 3 days and will focus on practical aspects of the program. It includes action planning, decision making, conflict management, and PAP presentation. At the end of this part is the presentation of the PAP results by the participants.

The fourth phase will be webinar and other social media when all the participants virtually interact with each other to share updates or progress of their work that is perceived as impact of the program, and they will use this opportunity to do self-reflection and build long-time networking for future collaboration.

Phase Date Venue
1. Webinar 1 18-21 November 2019 Online
2. Workshop 1 25-27 November 2019 CamEd Institute
3. Workshop 2 05 - 07 Aug 2020 PPIU


6. Roles of the Participants

The successful applicants are expected to participate in the DIE NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020 Program till the end and complete all the program requirements. Major responsibilities include securing endorsement from the leadership of own HEI, participation in all the four phases, actively contribute to webinar and workshop discussions, make PAP, implement PAP in own HEI, and report on the implementation of the PAP.

During the three-day workshops, the participants must stay in the accommodation that is arranged by the program and participate in the program’s activities.


7. Guest Speakers

H.E. Touch Visalsok
Secretary of State
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

H.E. Mak Ngoy
Director General
Directorate General of Higher Education
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

Dr. Rath Chhang
Deputy Secretary General
Accreditation Committee of Cambodia                           

Mr. Casey Barnett
CamEd Institute                                    

Ms. Tep Kolap
Phnom Penh International University

Dr. Hap Phalty
Director of Graduate Program
Royal University of Law and Economics


8. External Experts

Dr. Jutta Fedrowitz
Senior Expert and Trainer for Professional Education
CHE Centre for Higher Education, Germany

Dr. Duu Sheng Ong
Professor and Former Vice President
Multimedia University Malaysia


9. National/International Trainers

Dr. Lucas Rochelle
Department Chair
English and Applied Linguistics
De La Salle University Manila

Dr. Sok Uttara
Vice President for IQA and Internal Audit
CamEd Institute

Dr. Ky Ravikun
Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and International Relations
Phnom Penh International University


10. Schedule

The deadline for application is 31 October 2019 by 5pm. Below is the specific schedule:

Date Activity Venue
23 Sep 2019 Announcement of the Program
31 Oct 2019 Deadline of Submission of Applications
8-9 Nov 2019 Online Interview
11 Nov 2019 Announcement of Results
15 Nov 2019 Submission of Letter of Endorsement
18-21 Nov 2019 Webinar Discussion 1 Online
25-27 Nov 2019 Training Workshop 1 CamEd Institute
28 Nov 2019 – 26 Apr 2020 Implementation of PAP
05 - 07 Aug 2020 Training Workshop 2 PPIU


11. Possible Topics for PAP

The participants can choose any topic for their PAP as long as the topic is related to Dean’s roles and is useful for their current institution. The following are some possible areas to be considered for development of PAP:


12. Funding of DIES NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020

This DIES NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020 receive funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the DIES-NMT Program in Germany. A budget of 1,851.75EUR can be used as a point of reference for funds from the DIES NMT-Cambodia 2019-2020 for a successful applicant. However, this budget will be used to cover all the costs that will incur during this program. The costs include technical assistant fees, expert honorariums, flights, accommodation and food, participant accommodation and food, workshop materials, and other necessary equipment to support the entire program. In these regards, the accommodation and food for the successful applicants will be born by the program funds


13. Application Procedure

In order to apply, interested applicants submit their applications through this email: [email protected] by 21 October 2019 by 5pm. A notification of receipt will be sent to the applicants within 24 hours.

Applications must be complete and include the following items:

  • Application Form
  • Scanned diploma of the last qualification (Master’s or doctorate)
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Evidence on English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or certification from the supervisor)
  • Personal Letter of Motivation
  • Letter of Permission from the Rector or President
  • Curriculum Vitae

With regards to any questions on application, please feel free to contact the Program Officers:

Mr. Chan Tola
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 012 555 206

Mr. Chhin Kona
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 078 682 682


File download & reference

  1. Application Form
  2. Letter of Motivation
  3. PAP Template
  4. Guidelines for Funding
  5. Acceptance Letter
  6. Training Workshop Program II