Heads of University Management & Administration Network Europe

Professional Development Series - a new HUMANE Activity

HUMANE has developed a new network activity, especially of interest for the younger, ambitious members of the university administration. The objective is to develop and implement a new HUMANE activity aiming at professionals in the university administration in an early career position: a training for the professionals with potential to grow in their careers and make promotion into management positions. 

We will launch this new activity with two pilot modules. Full details will be announced shortly.

Course Objective

The main objective of this training course is to improve the capacity of participants in the domain of research and technology transfer, providing examples, case studies and practical tools to be adapted and used within their professional contexts. Lectures will put in context the complete strategy, the processes and the outputs of the University of Bologna Research Division’s relationships with industries and start-ups. In general, participants will have the opportunity to discuss case studies and make comparison of different geographical contexts and procedures.

During the course, participants will identify critical issues, obstacles and needs on the given themes. Contribution will come from each participant bringing institutional/local/national/international experience in order to identify models and  practices to overcome potential obstacles. At the end of the programme, participants will have a ‘tool bag’ with practical suggestions and instruments  which can help them in their  daily activities. 

Who Can Attend?

The course is addressed to junior staff, in particular to research managers, with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in an Academic Institution in the domain of research and technology transfer. The course is addressed in particular to officers able to exploit the capacities and tools gained and to impact at institutional level. English proficiency is required to participate.

Some Background Information

The HUMANE young professional training programme will consist of a number of modules like this one per year, each of them will be organised with and within a different university. In this way, the trainees will visit universities in other European countries, meet colleagues from other universities in Europe, and learn from the experience at other universities.

The invited universities should identify their strategic excellence areas and confirm their availability for hosting meetings and/or staff training. Excellence areas can be for example: 

  • Technology transfer
  • Strategic planning and organizational development;
  • University administration and the organization of support units;
  • Career development and leadership training;
  • Innovation in education; Student mobility and student marketing;
  • Internationalisation; 
  • Resources management and funding / development.
  • The identified fields of excellence will be the main topics for a specific module at a specific host university.

Target Group for the Programme and the Separate Trainings

The course is addressed to (junior) members of staff with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in an Academic Institution. The modules address in particular ‘high potentials’, members of staff whom are able to exploit the capacities and tools gained and to impact at institutional level. English proficiency is required to participate.

Attendants will be selected from many countries therefore the classroom will be an international mix of participants.


The modules will be a mix of face to face lectures, interactive sections, case studies and role play. The working language will be English. The number of participants is limited to 20, to facilitate the learning process and the interactive sessions.

In general, we aim for a mix of speakers and lecturers which will offer different and relevant ways to look into, and analyse, the main themes of the module. In this pilot, speakers and lecturers are from the University of Bologna, the Polytechnic University of Milan, NETVAL (Italian Association for the Exploitation of University Research), ASTP PROTON (Pan – European Professional Association for University-Industry Knowledge Transfer) and ALMA CUBE (University of Bologna and Unindustria Incubator).

Learning Objectives

The trainees will learn to:

  • Understand different university models for administration and organisation
  • Analyse and understand various funding arrangements, including
  • Understanding of European R&D-funding
  • Learn about strategic planning and institutional change
  • Develop a critical approach towards organisational development and innovation, understanding the relevance of (national) context, scalability and transferability of best practice.

Moreover, the participation in the program will allow the trainees to develop an international, European professional network, which can be the basis for future exchange of experiences and development of best practice.