A global learning experience, individually tailored to enhance leadership and senior management skills required by incoming and emerging Leaders. 

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), in an effort to contribute to the enhancement of senior leadership in the context of current trends and future needs, is proud to present the third edition of the Leadership Development Program for New Presidents and Emerging Leaders, to be held November 30, 2023 - December 2, 2023 in Doha, Qatar.

Join us in this unique program that will provide peer-to-peer learning and valuable insights from current and former university Presidents as well as higher education experts from around the world!

‣ Selective program for newly designated presidents, emerging Presidents and / or Presidents who are in their first or second year in office.

‣ Small cohort of up to 15 participants.

‣ Hybrid, intensive format, involving pre-session work, face to face group sessions, individual consultations, and long-distance work the semester after attending this program.

‣ Expert advice and involvement of the broad IAUP network.

‣ Select speakers from partner organizations that cover specialized themes.

‣ Focus on knowledge and skills associated with successful Presidencies. Use of best practices, case studies, and individual projects.

* Language of delivery: English.


The program is crafted to produce the following outcomes in an accelerated manner, sensible to the time constraints of presidents in the early stages of their tenure:

▪︎ Gain an insight and understanding of the trends and key issues affecting leadership in higher education globally, and assess the strategic implications of these in their respective universities.

▪︎ Strengthen and polish the leadership skills of presidential participants through close interaction with and advice from seasoned mentors.

▪︎ Align strengths and expertise with institutional plans and opportunities. 

▪︎ Design and / or finesse a high performance team that complements the leadership style of presidential participants and potentially increases their overall impact and effectiveness.

▪︎ Establish the necessary leadership network to embark on a successful presidency.


  1. The Nature of the Presidency & Senior Leadership in Higher Education: Achieving Purpose and Impact
  2. Institutional Mission, Planning and Sustainability
  3. Leading Organizations, Building Teams
  4. Governance of Colleges and Universities
    Financial Challenges of Colleges and Universities
  5. Innovation in the Post Pandemic Era
  6. Quality Assurance, Accreditation, and Rankings
  7. Putting Internationalization Front and Center
  8. Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  9. Data Analytics and Institutional Responsiveness
  10. Institutional Advancement and
  11. Diversified Revenue Streams
  12. Comprehensive Risk Management and Crisis Response
  13. Developing Future Leaders and Succession Planning
  14. Presidential & Senior Leadership Challenges in the Post Pandemic Era

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