• HUMANE Seminar: Affordability and Access in Higher Education:
    System-level and institutional responses in the early 21st century
    University of London, November 4-5, 2016
  • 14th WSAN Annual Seminar
    New Roles for University Support Professionals
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 30 - October 1, 2016
    Open to Winter School Alumni only
  • HUMANE 20th Anniversary Conference
    Crisis Leadership in Universities in a Globalised World
    College de France - Paris Science et Lettres
    Paris, June 9-10, 2017
  • EFMD - HUMANE Winter School
    Developing the Leadership Potential of Senior University Managers
    Barcelona, March 19-24, 2017
    Now Open for Applications
  • Professional Development Series - a new HUMANE activity
    First Two Modules
    Coming Soon

Steering the future strategy of HUMANE

Ian Creagh

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that our colleague and longstanding member of HUMANE and its Executive Committee Ian Creagh from King’s College London, will be moving on from King’s in the late summer and offering us his consulting services from the Autumn of 2016.   As a contracted consultant he will work with the HUMANE Chairman and other members to steer the implementation of HUMANE’s future strategy, as well as take care of our network management with the help of Tim Evans, our network administrator.  

During the academic year 2016/17, Ian and the Executive Committee will be designing a set of new services and activities to serve you and your senior staff.  

The full text of the HUMANE Chairman's Letter of May 2016 is available here.

HUMANE Seminar in London (UK), November 4-5, 2016

Affordability and Access in Higher Education: System-level and institutional responses in the early 21st century

According to the Economist, the global tertiary-enrolment ratio—the share of the student-age population at university—went up from 14% to 32% in the two decades to 2012; in that time, the number of countries with a ratio of more than half rose from five to 54.  University enrolment is growing faster even than demand for that ultimate consumer good, the car.

As the returns to low-quality higher education are poor, governments everywhere seek to widen access to good-quality higher education. But this conflicts with another global force: competition to create the best research-intensive universities.

We have assembled an array of high profile speakers to take on these big issues including Charles Clarke, the former UK Education Secretary responsible for introducing sweeping reforms to HE; Baroness Professor Alison Woolf who has written extensively on the subject; and Professor Les Ebdon, the Director of the Office for Fair Access.

14th Annual WSAN Seminar, 30 September to 1 October 2016

New Roles for University Support Professionals

Enabling viable innovation and excellence with university business models in transition

The Winter School Alumni Network (WSAN)'s Seminar for 2016 will be held at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. It's open to all alumni of the HUMANE-EFMD Winter School, so please encourage all participants from your University to attend.

  • Engage with expert speakers from higher education across Europe, including the chair of HUMANE, Esa Hämäläinen
  • Discover how you can be a successful entrepreneur, strategist and networker, as part of a more agile professional support service 
  • Rekindle existing connections and forge new links with fellow WSAN alumni 
  • Deepdive into the local flavour of Rotterdam, mainport of knowledge and a vibrant maritime innovation ecosystem

HUMANE 20th Anniversary Conference, Paris (FR), June 9-10, 2017

Crisis Leadership in Universities in a Globalised World

We are celebrating HUMANE’s 20th anniversary in Paris in June, 2017.  

Consistent with the global higher education challenges themes of recent annual conferences, the Paris Anniversary Conference will focus on Crisis leadership in universities in a globalised world.  The increased risk of violent incidents such as terrorist attacks, combined with the ubiquitous impact of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, mean that university leaders are often faced with existential crisis leadership challenges.  Most crises cannot be predicted; but the institutional response can be controlled.  Well led responses to crises in universities can have a lasting and positive impact on institutional culture and reputation. A poor response can saddle an institution with socio-cultural, political and economic problems for years to come.  

The confence will be hosted by College de France in collaboration with the recently established university and research community Paris Science et Lettres PSL.  

Please save the date!

EFMD (ESMU) - HUMANE European Winter School, Barcelona, March 19-24, 2017

Developing the Leadership Potential of the Senior University Managers

The aim of the Winter School is to develop the leadership potential of fast-rising senior university managers by making them fully aware of:

  • The importance of integrating academic matters with finance, human resource and communication strategy in the elaboration of university strategy
  • The meaning of strategic management in a European and global context

Applications for the 2017 Edition is now open. The updated 2017 Leaflet is now available to download on the Winter School page.

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. Details will be announced soon.

News from our Members

Forum of University Managers: The Management of Knowledge - Dialogue and Integration

Updated 7 July

As part of the celebrations for the Jubilee of Universities, Sapienza University of Rome and University of Rome'Tor Vergara' and other institutions present the Forum of University Managers.

The first Forum of University Managers aims to provide an opportunity for debate and the exchange of views amongst university managers from all around the world. The Forum will address a range of issues that are particularly relevant in the current geo-political environment: those of ethics, dialogue and integration. In a higher education system that is increasingly open to individuals from different cultures and ethnic groups, with different religious beliefs, and of different social classes, and in a world in which a large percentage of population is increasingly mobile, we now face issues of integration and equal access, and of respect for individuals and their origins in the greater context of inclusiveness.

During the forum, speakers from a range of different social and geographic contexts will compare their experiences and the choices they have made to face these issues. The forum will focus on the value of knowledge, not only in itself, but also as the ability to understand others, as a tool to overcome ignorance and discrimination, and for the development of peace and mutual comprehension. Download the Jubilee programme, the programme culminating with an Audience with Pope Francis, plus the invitation letter. You can register online or with this registration form.

Forum of University Managers, Thursday 8 September 2016, Sapienza University of Rome

Strategic Partner

HUMANE has a strategic partnership with EFMD, a large global not for profit association of 840 members (business schools, universities, public and private organisations) in 83 countries. EFMD promotes management education and higher education developments, and it organises a wide range of activities all open to HUMANE members. EFMD is well-known for its range of accreditation services for the business schools and their study programmes (EQUIS, EPAS, EDAF and EGATE).   

EFMD is hosting the HUMANE Secretariat.   The  HUMANE/EFMD Winter School is a joint venture of the two associations.

HUMANE: A driver for professional administration in European Universities

HUMANE is a network of professional excellence which:

  • Provides rich opportunities for Heads of University Management and their staff to meet and exchange experiences, share good practice and facilitate innovation in Higher Education institutions.
  • Supports Heads of Administration as leaders within their organizations.
  • Disseminates knowledge and skills of high relevance for the administration of European Higher Education institutions.
  • Enhances operational leadership, day-to-day management, and administration as a profession crucial to the success of Higher Education institutions.
  • Reinforces the relationships between academic and administrative leadership in Higher Education institutions.
  • Provides advice to and works with European agencies to influence the development of efficient management procedures

HUMANE, the Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe, was set up in 1997 with the aim of grouping all heads of university administration in Europe in a network, devoted to professional development by sharing best practices. HUMANE received encouragement and initial financial support from the European Commission. Now, HUMANE is a non profit association registered in Belgium with the Secretariat based in Brussels. HUMANE has some 170 members from 26 different European countries. For further information contact us at contact(at)humane.eu.

HUMANE Brochure

The HUMANE brochure, in which you will find the main activities of the organisation summarised and detailed information about membership. You can download the latest version here:

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