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President Coaching

Wübben Stiftung Wissenschaft's President Coaching program supports newly elected presidents and rectors in successfully making the transition to this top management position in the higher education sector.

Who should attend?
Our two-day coaching program is for newly elected presidents and rectors of German universities within the first 15 months of office.
How to participate
This is an invitation-only event
Format
Two-day seminar
Next session
June 2024

Objective

From the moment they assume office, university presidents and rectors are expected to be productive, articulate, and responsive leaders. The array of new tasks can be daunting. At every corner, unfamiliar subjects call for expertise and responsible decision-making. 

With countless external and institutional challenges waiting to be solved, first-time presidents and rectors have little time to prepare for their new roles. While coaching programs are integral to preparation for leadership in private-sector organizations, the German higher education landscape lacks similar initiatives. There is currently no coaching program to prepare newly elected presidents and rectors for their role as university leaders.

Wübben Stiftung Wissenschaft’s President Coaching closes this gap by helping first-time presidents and rectors to successfully take office and avoid frustrating or hazardous negative experiences.

Program

The seminar covers a host of relevant topics, such as leadership skills, board and committee work, communication in leadership, managing conflicts, and strategic planning, that are presented by experienced university heads. The sessions also provide ample opportunity for discussion and networking. The advice and feedback shared with other newly elected peers can be invaluable in ensuring a smooth start in this new role, and help to build lasting, productive networks.

Who should attend

Our two-day coaching program is for newly elected presidents and rectors of German universities within the first 15 months of office. Participants will be invited by Wübben Stiftung Wissenschaft. 

Fees

Participation is free. Participants cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Helping first-time presidents and rectors to step into this role is such an excellent idea! I want to thank the Wübben Stiftung Wissenschaft for two immensely enriching days.

Eduard Mühle, President of the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder

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