The Global Young Academy (GYA) and the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) project of the GYA were presented at the annual University Leadership and Management Training Program (UNILEAD) in Germany by GloSYS Project Researcher Johannes Geffers.
The key objective of UNILEAD is to bring together a group of about 25 professionals working in middle to senior level management at institutions of higher education. The aim is to enable the participants to tackle challenges of their day-to-day work like the management of human and financial resources, the development and implementation of innovative projects, and project management in general. The UNILEAD program is well known to the GYA as one of its current co-chairs, Sameh Soror, had been a participant of UNILEAD Egypt only two years ago. Coming from South East Asia, the Middle East, South and East Africa, and Latin and Central Amerika, many of the participants reside in countries where the GloSYS project is either already present with its first regional study (GloSYS ASEAN) or aims to go in the near future.
The presentation of the GloSYS project connected well to the program of the day that focused on the management of human resources, with the presentation highlighting the need for good mentorship, the improvement of working conditions, and the availability of research funding identified in the GloSYS precursor study as major concerns of young scientists. Even after a long day full of input and discussions, the GloSYS project was well received and the opportunity to “get involved” and “stay in touch” with the GYA and the GloSYS project was widely appreciated. Following the presentation, contacts were exchanged to facilitate further support for the GloSYS ASEAN project and future GloSYS regional studies in Africa and South America already in preparation.