The Higher Leadership Programmes are delivered through an integrated teaching and learning method involving case studies, group activities, field visits and online virtual sessions. Immersion programmes and exposure visits form a part of the training programmes. Additionally, a Professional Experience Plan, developed by the participant and his/her mentor, is to be carried out in their homes or conveniently located campus. The focus is not only conceptual or theoretical but also practical and participatory: participants of leadership development programmes are required to apply the learnt skills in simulated situations and also identify actual leadership and management problems in their respective institutions and come up with possible solutions to these problems, as part of the assignments in these programmes.
The higher leadership programmes focus mainly on following training areas and aim to gauge the impact in these target thematic areas.
- Governance: a critical examination of the principles and practices of both institutional and sectoral governance and other models of institutional governance.
- Strategy: the choices that an institution has made, what plans it has for future and thinking about the institutional strategy within a wider organizational context,
- Managing people in a learning organization: examining the distinctive characteristics of human resource management and organizational development in the institutional context.
- Managing teaching and research: understanding the core values and fundamentals of an institution and what makes these activities effective.
- Physical and financial resources: how management of the university’s physical and financial resources can be integrated with broader institutional objectives and outreach.
- Marketing: how different activities of the university make up for the marketing function and how they can relate to institutions’ academic work.
- International collaboration: how in an increasingly globalized world institutional managers can position their institution.