Leading Academic Institutions in Turbulent Times

    Showcasing steady leadership through changing times

    Leadership in time of turbulence requires resilience, the ability to anticipate change, create the change you desire, and lead for the future.

    In times of crisis such as COVID-19, or rapidly changing business contexts, change is inevitable, and you may thus represent both a key resource and a liability for managerial success. To lead through change requires leaders to actively engage, think, explore, learn and ultimately adapt how they do things to ensure their organizations make the changes required to survive and thrive. This may require leadership and people management skills that stretch beyond ordinary managerial competences.

    The course aims at considering how university leaders can lead strategically in a time of turbulence.

    Starts on
    20 March 2021
    8 weeks (Live Virtual)
    Program Fee
    INR 95,000 + GST
    100% Live

    100% Live

    synchronous course

    Global Faculty

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    from elite institutes

    UCLA Extension Certification

    UCLA Extension Certification

    as a record of participation

    Integrated Group Work

    Integrated Group Work

    on real world projects

    Overview Benefits Eligibility Program structure Faculty


    The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a key tipping point for academic institutions. Change has come suddenly and forcefully in multiple ways. Institutions have been forced to move their teaching programs online in a rush. Financial pressures have been accentuated and academic leaders are now forced to consider aggressive measures to contain costs and survive the crisis. The future has certainly become much more uncertain and volatile than before.

    However, with every crisis comes opportunity. It has become clear that academic institutions will have to change significantly along multiple dimensions to thrive in the new normal of a post-Covid world. Digitalization will now become part of the core and academic learning and program design will have to be rethought. Careful attention will have to be paid to enhancing the student experience and ensuring that value delivery is concrete, timely and relevant to future career aspirations. Relationships with industry will have to be developed and faculty will have to be encouraged to broaden their perspectives and engage more with government, business and society.

    Succeeding in this rapidly changing world will require both a solid understanding of global trends influencing academia and an inspirational leadership style to be bold, take risks and lead complex change.

    What you will learn:

    The goal of this program is to provide academic leaders with an effective understanding of the current pressures for change in academia and provide the tools for charting a course for success in the future. Interactions with experienced Deans and Directors from India and abroad will highlight best practices and provide insights along the following important dimensions:

    • Thriving in a VUCA world
      World has become more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous for academic institutions. Deans and directors need to understand the forces of change and learn the basics of scenario planning to chart strategies for the future.
    • Revisiting the core of learning and research
      The role of faculty and the nature of student success will have to be carefully reconsidered. New thinking on teaching and research and the impact of digital technologies on these important functions will lead to novel business models for academic institutions.
    • Connecting to the external ecosystem
      Academic institutions will need to be increasingly connected to key players in the external ecosystem – governments, businesses and civil society. Academic leaders will need to build new connections and orchestrate different parties to help advance the agendas for advancing the goals of their own institutions and of the ecosystems in which they exist.

    Upon completion of the program, you will be ready to apply your knowledge to lead strategic change for your academic institution in a VUCA post-Covid world.

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    This program is designed for a broad range of Deans and Directors of academic institutions including universities and colleges – both public and private. Department heads, program deans, college principals and university vice-chancellors will benefit from the content of the program and learn to effectively analyze, articulate and apply key management and leadership insights in their home institutions.

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    Record of Participation

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Record of Participation from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension.

    You can share your Record of Participation in the Certifications section of your LinkedIn profile, on printed resumes, CVs, or other documents.



    During the program you will have the chance to learn from world class faculty through live virtual lectures delivered from the USA on the Igesia learning platform. Many of these faculty members will be experienced deans and directors of academic institutions from India and abroad. You will better understand ongoing trends for higher education and be better placed to form future strategies. You will be given the opportunity to work in groups on projects of relevance to your own academic contexts.


    You will be welcomed to the program and start connecting with fellow participants in the pro- gram and get an overview of the forthcoming program. You will also start forming teams and start considering questions to explore in your customized project work.

    Module 1

    Thriving in a VUCA world

    This first module of the course will present a broad overview of trends and forces of change affecting academia. While pressures have been building for academic institutions for some years, the Covid pandemic has highlighted the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and am- biguous) world now enveloping academic institutions and has exposed the weaknesses and fragility of current academic models.

    Live Virtual Session with Industry Expert

    Module 2

    Digital disruptions and new business models in Academia

    In response to the Covid pandemic, academic institutions have been forced to move their teaching online and digital technologies have rapidly moved to the core of academic institu- tions. Digital disruptions are now a reality and academic institutions will have to rethink how digital technologies can be deployed and program design be adapted to both leverage new technological capabilities and create effective learning platforms for building future success. It provides appreciation on the why, the how and the what of digital intervention and frame- work academic institutions need to embrace

    Live Virtual Group Work led by Program Coach

    Module 3

    Revisiting learning and student success in academia

    The expectations of students are changing rapidly with respect to learning in the classrooms, their interactions with peers and their career goals upon graduation. Academic institutions will have to creatively integrate the human and technological dimensions within an appropri- ate strategic framework for learning and student success.

    Live Virtual Session with Industry Expert

    Module 4

    Research, entrepreneurship and the importance of industry partnerships

    This module will discuss mechanisms for fostering research within academic institutions and identify specific strategies for strengthening collaboration with industry. Fostering entrepre- neurship is becoming a key focus area for many academic institutions and this imposes new demands on faculty and new ways to partner with industry.

    Live Virtual Group Work led by Program Coach

    Module 5

    Imagining the future of higher education and learning

    This concluding module of the program will focus on imagining the future of higher education and learning. The process of disruptive change has just started and it likely that academic leaders will have to deal with substantial new challenges and opportunities in the coming years. You will explore how you can provide the vision and lead the change to help your insti- tution to win in the future.

    Post Program

    Record of participation from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension

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