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DIES - Project


DIES - Project (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) „Internationalization of Damascus University“


Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Jürgen van Buer Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas Teuscher (Damascus University) Thomas Rieke Fadi Al-Shalabi (Damascus University)


                   15.09.2005 - 15.09.2006

Extension:  15.10.2006 - 31.12.2006

                   01.01.2007 - 31.12.2008


Der Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) e.V.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to develop and to implement an adaptive strategy and routine procedures to internationalize Damascus University at two structural levels:

  • The first level: at the Directorate of International and Cultural Relations (DICR) as service department for international affairs.
  • The second level: at the Faculty of Agriculture as pilot faculty, focussing on the definition of academic quality standards and the evaluation of selected Bachelor/Master Programs.

In this context, “Internationalization” will be used as an instrument to introduce international quality standards and start a systematic organisational development.


  • Wagner, C. & van Buer, J. (2009). Final Report. Berlin: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
  • Buer, J. van, Wagner, C. & Teuscher, T. (Eds.) (2008). Innovation, Change, and Sustainability in Syrian Higher Education. Joint Tempus Project "University Quality Management and Institutional Autonomy (QUMIA)". Damascus: Al-Riz.