Workshop for Academic Leader, Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Deans and Chairs of Departments in Malawian Universities

Higher education institutions play a key role in the socio-economic transformation of their regions. Sound and solid leadership is essential for its realisation. However, Universities are complex in their internal structures, their roles and working relationships with the outside world. They face the challenge of keeping pace with the rapid changes in the world around them.

Effective,accountable and conscientious university leaders are therefore required to continuously develop and adapt their leadership behavior and quality. To lead universities to success, they must be able to influence, motivate and inspire others, to follow them, and to promote academic citizenship.

This 2-day workshop is dedicated to developing a vision for leadership in higher education that includes inter-university engagement and takes into account the role of the university in society. Topics such as performance, professional practice and role modelling will be addressed.

The proposed two-days workshop will focus on the following key areas:

  • the role of leadership in universities for the socio-economic transformation of their regions;
  • practical knowledge of academic leadership and university governance in an international context;
  • reflection and raising self-awareness of participants‘ leadership styles and practices;
  • awareness of necessary leadership skills and knowledge;
  • increased understanding of visionary and shared academic leadership;
  • critical understanding of becoming an effective leader in the changing academic environment.


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Prof. Adamson S. Muulais Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Malawi.  he holds a PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his research, he is committed to academic citizenship and has extensive experience in various executive positions as Deputy Dean of Medicine, Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research at Malawi College of Medicine, as a member of the Senate of the University of Malawi and the Malawi University of Science and Technology. Adamson S. Muula is one of the two contact persons for the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) in Malawi.

Dr. Lucas Zinner is Head of Research Services and Career Development at the University of Vienna, Austria. He holds a PhD in mathematics for the University of Vienna and is for almost 2 decades active in higher education policy. He is involved in various international university projects, is involved in several advisory boards and holds workshops and trainings as a higher education reform expert as well as for doctoral supervisors. Lucas Zinner is currently Chairman of the Board of the Association for Professionals in Doctoral Education.