Academic Leadership in Cross Cultural Context of Higher Educational Institutions

By Prof. Dr. E.S.M. Suresh.   |   National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chennai.
Learners enrolled: 1296

Leadership is the process of influencing others in the group to act in a particular way to accomplish mutual goals. Leadership has moved from being Leader centered to individualistic, hierarchical, focused on universal characteristics, and emphasizing powers to a new vision in which leadership is process controlled, collective, context bound, non-hierarchical, and focused on mutual power and influence. Leadership in cross cultural environment means understanding and motivating a culturally diverse team to come together through a shared sense of purpose, recognizing differences among stakeholders of different nations, background and ethnicities and the importance of bridging them. With globalization of academic environments cross culture education has become critically important to maintain and establish new campuses across the Globe. Transformational leadership is the approach that inspire, motivate and causes change in individuals and social systems. Worldclass Institutions are those Institutions from both public and private sectors focus both teaching and research which have made name and fame to attract global students for their multidisciplinary degree programmes through their quality & capability to provide world class education in varied areas. Strategic Planning is a future orientated process wherein an organization specifies what it wishes to become and how it proposes to get there. It is the way of using the organization’s internal resources to respond to its external environment in order to be successful. Innovations in higher education model are finding importance than ever before due to increasing number of higher education institutions and the advancement in technology adopted to cater to needs of diversity of students. Accreditation compels the Institution to meet and maintain their high standards which helps them to build the trust and confidence among the public and boosting accountability. The benchmarks prescribed in ranking, rating and accreditation establishes the credibility of the higher education institutions whilst indicating the position of an institution in the league of higher education institutions whether nationally or globally.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Teacher Education
Credit Points : 3
Level : Continuing Education
Start Date : 29 Jan 2024
End Date : 30 Apr 2024
Enrollment Ends : 29 Feb 2024
Exam Date : 18 May 2024 IST
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Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Module1 Leadership Qualities

Concept of Management and Leadership- Cross Cultural Diversity- Styles in Leadership- Traits – Characteristics- Effective Leadership- Roles –Authentic Leadership- Values- Academic Leadership- HEI’s Functions- Developments

Module 2 Transformational Leadership

Dimensions- Motivation for Successful Leadership- Team Building – Group Dynamics- Organizational Behavior- Professional Ethics

Module 3 Excellence through Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning- Vision, Mission-Action Plan-SP Cycle-Steps Involved-Thrust Areas- SWOC Analysis- Performance Management- Indicators- Organizational Structure- Resource Management –  Internal Revenue Generation.

Module 4 Building world class Institutions

Institutional Development- Models – Global Requirements- Sustainable Development- Industry Academia collaboration- Research Excellence-Innovation Eco System- Incubation-Research Parks- Consultancy -Funding Agencies- Productivity- Infrastructure for Campuses- Green Initiatives- E-Governance.

Module 5 Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Ranking

Quality in Assurance in Higher Education- National and Global Accreditation and Ranking- Impact-Guidelines-Preparations and submission- Challenges and Opportunities.

Books and references

1. Aithal, P. S., & Aithal, S. (2019). Building World-Class Universities : Some Insights Predictions.https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/95734/.

Blackmore, J. (2004). Restructuring Educational Leadership in Changing Contexts: A Local/Global Account of Restructuring in Australia. Journal of Educational Change 5, 267–288 https://doi.org/10.1023/B:JEDU.0000041044.62626.99.

3. Bhisamai, D., Chusorn, P., Chusorn, P., Kaewsaeng, K., & Yaowapho, W. (2022). Guidelines for Cross-Cultural Leadership Development of World Class Standard School   Principals. World   Journal   of   Education,12(3),11. 

4. Cota, A., Dua, A., Laboissière, M., & Lin, J. (2012). Rethinking 101: A new agenda for university and higher education system leaders? Source: https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/education/our-insights/rethinking-101-a-new- agenda-for-university-and-higher-education-system-leaders

5. Dhyani, P., Mishra, K. L., & Mishra, G. P. (2015). Cross Cultural Leadership in Higher Educational Institutions-A Study with Special Reference to Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. In European Journal of Business and Management www.iiste.org ISSN (Vol. 7, Issue 28).

Dickson, M. W., Den Hartog, D. N., & Mitchelson, J. K. (2003). Research on leadership in a cross-cultural context: Making progress, and raising new questions. Leadership Quarterly, 14(6), 729–768. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2003.09.002.

Eryilmaz, N., & Sandoval-Hernandez, A. (2023). Is Distributed Leadership Universal? A Cross-Cultural, Comparative Approach across 40 Countries: An Alignment Optimisation Approach. Education Sciences, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13020218.

8. Eryilmaz, N., & Sandoval Hernandez, A. (2021). Improving cross-cultural comparability: does school leadership mean the same in different countries? Educational Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/03055698.2021.2013777

Normore, A. H., Hamdan, K., & Esposito, M. C. (2019). A cross-cultural perspective on leadership development programmes. In Journal of Educational Administration and History (Vol. 51, Issue 1, pp. 1–4). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2018.1508129.

10. Pankaj Jalote (Ed.), (2021) Building Research Universities in India (SAGE Studies in Higher Education). SAGE Publications, ISBN: 9789353885021 (Hardback). https://doi.org/10.1177/09737030211040153

Instructor bio

Prof. Dr. E.S.M. Suresh.

National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chennai.

He is working as Professor of Civil Engineering and Head Extension Centre,  National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Kalamassery, Cochin, Kerala, India (MOE, Govt. of India). He has around 35 years of experience in Teaching and Research. He is conducting Faculty Development Programs for Polytechnic and Engineering College Teachers. His areas of interests include GIS Applications, Urban Planning, Disaster Management, Instructional Design and Delivery Systems, Educational Video Production, Strategic Planning and Institutional Development, Outcome based Education and Accreditation. He has conducted more than 350 training programs for Polytechnic college faculty and more than 200 training programs for Engineering College faculty. He has been awarded World Bank assisted Technician Education Project Fellowship 1998, UNESCO Fellowship on MOOCs in Higher Education 2018, Leadership for Academicians Program- Fellowship, MOE, Govt. of India 2018, Margdarshak, AICTE 2021. He has more than 85 Publications and developed nearly 90 Video Programs. He has offered Four SWAYAM MOOCs with total around 10,000 participants. He has conducted about 20 International Training Programs. His trainees spread over more than 50 countries. He is guiding Ph.D Scholars in the area of Engineering Education and Civil Engineering. (9 got Awarded and 7 more are working under his guideship). He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Geotechnical Society and Member of American Society of Engineering Education, Canadian Engineering Education, Indian Society of Technical Education, Indian Society for Remote Sensing. He is an Expert Member/chairman of National Board of Accreditation, NAAC and visited several Institutions for Accreditation. Recently he has been honored as Distinguished Visiting Professor by Université des Mascareignes, Mauritius He has visited the countries viz. USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Mauritius for academic excellence.

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