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Alumni Impressions

Alumni Impressions


Dr. Cheng Yee Low
Head for Center of Excellence, Center of Excellence for Humanoid Robots and Bio-Sensing, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia


I learned a lot not only from the European experts on higher education management, but also through mutual learning between the UNILEADers from very different cultural backgrounds and education systems. What I appreciate most is the connections being built up at a personal level which I believe will last for a long time. What stays in the memory will be the highlights we shared throughout the activities.


Dr. Giovanni Anzola
Head of International Office, Universidad de La Salle, Colombia

UNILEAD 2011/2012

The UNILEAD programme help me to trigger the institution’s capacity to drive its aims in a more structured and comprehensive way. In 2015, La Salle-Colombia obtained the ECA-CeQuInt certificate, first one in the Latin American region, all together with other universities in Europe; I can assure that —with no doubt— this programme provided me with the skills and knowledge to achieve such an acknowledgement.


Dr. H. Al-Shatoury
Associate Prof. of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine/Suez Canal University, Egypt

UNILEAD 2011/2012

As a person, who is professionally engaged with leading reform projects in
higher education, the broadening experience obtained through the
continuous learning programme of UNILEAD had a major impact on my
career. Joining UNILEAD provided me with an extraordinary experience
through its interactive learning methodology, the appliance of newly learned skills to my designated project and the interaction between the participants from diverse but related professional backgrounds. Throughout all levels of the course, the UNILEAD staff was very cooperative and supportive towards the demands of the participants.

Marcela Wolff
Head of International Relations, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

UNILEAD 2010/2011

UNILEAD is a lifetime experience as it offers you the opportunity to learn about project management for higher education projects in a multicultural environment that facilitates to strengthen leadership skills to engage locally and internationally in more effective ways.


Dr. J. K. A. Nyerere
Lecturer and Researcher in Education Planning and Economics of Education
Department of Education Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies
Kenyatta University, Kenya

UNILEAD 2009/10

Being chosen for the UNILEAD programme was indeed an honour and a privilege. The UNILEAD programme gave me an opportunity to meet other international participants and establish networks and lasting friendships. I have been able to internalise the Project Management, Financial Management and HR Management knowledge and experience, thus allowing my projects to be implemented more effectively and efficiently. The UNILEAD programme has proved to be an asset to me and my university and I would recommend it to anyone working in Higher Education.


Carlos N. Hernández
Academic Subdirector, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico

UNILEAD 2008/2009

Oh God, this world is so diverse (probably more than I could handle; this was the unspoken fear); this was my first impression that I had also to speak it out in the first session of my UNILEAD attendance with attendees from about 15 countries, scattered over the globe’s map. By concluding the program, I realized that although each one of us thought to have her/his own problems stemming from unique local circumstances; these problems tended in a way to be the same, or at least despite diversity of problems it seems that solution is one!!

Even if you are an academic who is not planning to be involved in the field of higher education (HE) management, the skills that you acquire from UNILEAD will help you to cope with the growing move towards “globalization” of HE. Looking around, one can easily see that governments and HE funding bodies around the globe are increasingly and persistently exerting pressure on HE institutions to force their shift towards adapting new ways in management, financial allocations and how to manage their human resources. The common thing is the strong desire to allow more financial freedom for HE institutions but accompanied by probably unprecedented market (product or cost effectiveness) oriented way of management entering the HE field. I see that UNILEAD fills a serious gap in the qualifying academics to this “unavoidable” era.

I have also to say that to achieve their goals the UNILEAD staff and DAAD did (and certainly still do) a wonderful job in choosing highly interesting content, wonderful diverse group of tutors and stimulating didactic methods that definitely had never left me bored.

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