Third Leadership Development Program for Higher Education Institutions in Southeast Asia (LDP-HEIs in SEA)

Date: January 2021 | Venue: SEARCA, Philippines

Higher education institutions (HEIs) in Southeast Asia face a growing number of challenges, among them the massification, diversification, internationalization, and marketization of higher education.

In addition, there are challenges specific to Southeast Asian HEIs, including the need to keep in step with the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) initiative, gain recognition through the ASEAN University Rankings system, and prepare themselves for the unique local and regional challenges that come with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) agenda.

For Southeast Asian HEIs to effectively address these issues, a critical determinant would be the quality and capacity of their leadership. HEI leaders must be forward-looking, receptive to innovation and change, and possess strong people leadership strategic management skills. This would ensure that HEIs are able to leverage their competitive advantage in offering relevant, context-specific learning experiences. In this regard, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and The HEAD Foundation (THF) are co-organizing this leadership development program that is designed as a capacity building workshop for administrators, middle and senior managers, and academic leaders of HEIs in Southeast Asia.

The program aims to provide a platform for higher education leadership in the context of local and regional contemporary challenges. In addition, through exercises involving environmental scans, design thinking, and strategic management, the program aims to engage participants in identifying and prioritizing some cross-cutting issues that need to be addressed in light of the rapidly changing needs of industry and the workplace. At the end of the program, participants are also expected to prepare a strategic agenda for submission to their own HEI management, which will include action points embodying their take-home lessons on education and managerial leadership.

The intended participants of the program are 20-25 administrators, middle and senior managers, and university leaders of HEIs in Southeast Asia who are at least master's degree holders and are newly appointed leaders, or are poised for leadership positions in the near future.