TrainIQA is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which aims at strengthening higher education management structures in developing countries. DIES is jointly coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and supported by funds of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


Target Group

TrainIQA will be open to up to 30 participants who are expected to attend all four parts of the training and who should meet the following criteria:

  • They should be current or designated quality managers or senior managers responsible for QA with proven knowledge and experience (In case no such positions exist yet, universities can appoint a person and state this in the application).
  • They should be in office for a minimum of 3 years.
  • They should hold at least a Master’s degree.
  • They need to have fluent English skills, both written and spoken.
  • They should be employed on long-term contracts that go beyond the project ending in March 2016.
  • They should preferably have at least 5 years until retirement.
  • They have to be available to attend all parts of the course.


Eligible Countries, Institutions and Participants – Who Can Apply?

Higher Education Institutions from Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam) are eligible to apply. Institutions which have already taken part in ASEAN-QA trainings in the past need to specifically outline the additional benefit they expect from the TrainIQA course in the commitment letter. Should the institution endorse a participant who already has taken part in an ASEAN-QA training (alumni), the application will receive a lower priority. ASEAN-QA Alumni who have taken part in the first TrainIQA (2014-16) course are not eligible to apply. As the five modules of the TrainIQA are interconnected, participants need to confirm by statements of their institution’s leadership that they will participate in all parts of the training in the application (see letter of commitment).


Funding of the Training

TrainIQA is supported through funds of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The following expenses will be covered for financially eligible countries:

  • International travel costs: flight to and from Germany and ground travel in Germany.
  • Accommodation, breakfast, catering and joint meals during all contact phases (Module 1 to 5) in Germany and Southeast Asia including also the high level information visit for VPs and DVCs (according to DAAD regulations).
  • Training materials
  • Emergency health insurance during the contact phase in Germany (according to DAAD regulations)


Application and Selection Procedure

Please fill in your application online until July, 24th 2016. You need to complete the following steps:

  1. Register at with name and e-mail
  2. You will then receive an e-mail with the link to the application for ( and a password.
  3. Follow the link in the e-mail and input your e-mail address and password to access the form and fill out the survey.
  4. Follow the survey
  5. Please make sure you hand in a full application including annexes (see below, what a full application includes)
  6. When the application is final, click on “hand in application” on the last page.

You can access your online application multiple times and continue filling in the missing data. Once you have clicked on “hand in application” the application is perceived to be final and you will not be able to access it anymore. Should you have clicked by mistake, please contact us. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the ASEAN-QA Secretariat at University of Potsdam via

In order to be considered you need to hand in a full application that consists of:

  1. Fill out the online application (see contents in Annex) which includes data on the candidate, his motivation, the proposed project and the contact data of the senior management who will attend the High Level Information Visit.
  2. Upload Letter of commitment to TrainIQA (as PDF) submitted and signed by the institution’s leadership (see example letter in Annex), including: a statement that the candidate will participate in all parts of the training and that he is supported, a confirmation of the function of the candidate, a statement that the leadership supports the project and its implementation in the candidates working time, a description of the relevance of the project proposal and its objective for the institution as seen by the senior management, and a confirmation regarding the availability of the VP / DVCs in charge of QA and/or Academic Affairs to attend the High Level Information Visit which will be carried out from 7.-11. November 2016 in Potsdam, Germany.
  3. Upload the organisational chart of the institution indicating the unit(s) in charge for QA (as a PDF)

Applications that do not include all components will not be considered. All applicants will be informed about the result of the selection process approximately at the end of August 2016.


For further information please read the guidelines here or visit

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