The LEAD project

The LEAD project was selected for funding under an Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building Project in the field of Higher Education supported by the European Commission. The project is coordinated by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and aims to enhance the capacity of higher education institutions related to governance and academic leadership in the context of innovation and internationalisation of higher education. 

In the framework of the project, six series of workshops in the EU and China will be organised from October 2015 to October 2018. 

Project time frame: 3 years, Oct. 2015 to Oct. 2018

Project title: Governance and Academic Leadership of Chinese and European Universities in the Context of Innovation and Internationalization (LEAD)

中欧大学治理和学术领导力项目: 在创新和国际化背景下中欧大学治理和学术领导力能力建设

Overall objectives

The LEAD project aims to enhance the Capacity of Higher Education Institutions related to Governance and Academic leadership in the context of Innovation and Internalisation of Higher Education in China and the EU.


The specific objectives of the LEAD project:

  • to develop and implement training for academic leaders on university governance and academic leadership
  • to enhance capacities of academic leaders of HEIs on university governance and leadership (such as policy making, strategic planning and change management)
  • to support and enhance internationalization of HEIs
  • to strengthen EU-China cooperation on university governance & academic leadership and foster a better understanding of academic leadership approaches in the EU and China

The LEAD Workshops in Europe and China       LEAD培训和研讨系列活动

  • LEAD kick-off event, 1st workshop & training programme and job shadowing
    Brussels, Belgium, March 2016
  • LEAD 2nd workshop & training programme and job shadowing
    Beijing and Kunming (Yunan province), China, Oct. 2016
  • LEAD 3rd workshop & training programme and job shadowing
    Finland and Portugal, May 2017
  • LEAD 4th workshop & training programme and job shadowing
    Shanghai and Wuhan (Hubei province), China, Oct. 2017
  • LEAD 5th workshop & training programme and job shadowing
    Ankara, Turkey, May 2018
  • LEAD 6th workshop & training programme and job shadowing and LEAD final event
    Brussels, Belgium, Sep. 2018

Other LEAD key activities  其他 LEAD项目重要活动

  • Round table and Forum
  • Coaching
  • Job shadowing
  • Online material and MOOC on university governance & academic leadership
  • Site visits
  • Needs analysis and quality assessment
  • Dissemination


Project Coordinator                                                                                                               

Vrije Universiteit Brussel                                                                                            

Project manager: Prof. C. Zhu, VUB


Project Partners

Networks of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)

University of Tampere

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Middle East Technical University

Peking University

Tongji University

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

National Academy of Education Administration

Yunnan Normal University

Associate partners

Ghent University

Maastricht University

Amsterdam University

Stockholm University

Beijing Normal University

Xiamen University

Sichuan University

Hunan University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Jinan University (Guangzhou)

Supporting partners

The Mission of P. R. China to the EU

Belgian Chinese Chamber of Commerce


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