• HUMANE-EFMD Transnational Partnerships School
    Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CN)
    November 17-22, 2019 - Registrations now open
  • Aalto University (FI) Study Visit:
    Developments in innovation leadership at Aalto University
    October 27-29, 2019
    Registrations now open
  • HUMANE Autumn Seminar
    University of Bordeaux (FR), November 7-8, 2019
    The challenge of change:
    Changing models and methods for the management of transformational change in contemporary higher education
    Registrations now open
  • HUMANE-EFMD Winter School
    Developing the Leadership Potential of Senior University Managers
    UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (ES)
    March 15-20, 2020 - Applications now open
  • HUMANE-EFMD Summer School
    Transforming Higher Education Professional Services
    Free University of Berlin (DE)
    September 27 - October 2, 2020

HUMANE, Europe’s international network for Higher Education professionals

Driving professional excellence

HUMANE, the Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe, is an international association whose aims are to build international networks, to foster innovation in higher education services and to drive professional excellence in higher education management.  

Uniquely, HUMANE supports both the professional development of current executive leaders within the HE sector as well as organisational development through the provision of programmes to promising senior staff. 

Building international networks

Membership of HUMANE provides a cost-effective means to:

  • expand professional networks both locally and internationally,
  • continually develop the skills and expertise that you need to succeed,
  • stay up-to-date on key issues and trends,
  • have the opportunity to work with HE leaders who have first-hand experience of the ever-changing challenges within HE.  

Over the coming year, HUMANE is offering its members a wide range of networking and development events in various European locations and Hong Kong.  

For further information go to the Join HUMANE page or contact us at contact(at)humane.eu.

HUMANE eNewsletter

HUMANE eNewsletter issue 12 (Autumn 2019) is out now

HUMANE is delighted to announce that the latest edition of its eNewsletter has just been published. Not only does it outline upcoming HUMANE events it includes contributions from our members, links to particularly interesting articles and YouTube features. 

HUMANE Members receive a copy directly to their inbox. A link to the eNewsletter is here. We hope you enjoy it.

Transnational Partnerships School, Shanghai (CN), November 17-22, 2019

Developing the leadership potential of Asia-Pacific and European leaders and managers 

Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education

Registrations now open

Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Hosted by the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University and with visits to other institutions such as Fudan University, the Transnational Partnerships School aims to provide a unique experience for senior and middle managers involved in leading or advising on strategic east-west partnerships between universities, and between universities and other partners. 

Like our winter and summer school programmes, the Shanghai programme will be an intensive, immersive learning experience, providing an opportunity for participants to extend their global networks and to learn first-hand of the rapid evolution of one of the world’s great education cities.   The programme is available here and you can download the brochure here.

Aalto University Study Visit, October 27-29, 2019

Developments in innovation leadership at Aalto University 

Hosted by Aalto University (FI)

Innovation and innovation management has been at the core of Aalto University’s strategy from its beginnings.  Founded in 2010, Aalto was given a national mission to strengthen the innovative capacity of Finland through first-class research, art and education.  It styles itself as a place where “where science and art meet technology and business”.

So how does an institution with this background and mission go about the business of managing innovation?  In particular, how is it managing:

  • the balance of emphasis between conventional research excellence and “innovation”;
  • stimulating collaboration with partners inside and outside of HE and IP protection and commercialisation;
  • the distribution of IP financial benefits;
  • the management of regulatory and commercial risk;
  • recruiting skilled personal to provide expert innovation services for the academic community; and
  • student’s enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Conducted as an intensive programme over two days, participants will have plenty of opportunity to engage informally with Aalto staff to understand what’s driving their innovation strategy, the challenges they’re facing in implementing their current strategy, as well as the big opportunities that they see on the horizon.

HUMANE Autumn Seminar, University of Bordeaux (FR), November 7-8, 2019

The challenge of change: changing models and methods for the management of transformational change in contemporary higher education

Hosted by the University of Bordeaux (FR)

Whether seeking a step change in overall institutional efficiency, responding to drastic shifts in higher education policy and financing, or improving competitive academic advantage, many European universities are initiating strategic transformation programmes.  Despite significant commitment to these programmes, research evidence over the past 20 or more years consistently shows that about 70 per cent of all transformation programmes in all sectors fail to meet their objectives.  Everyone seems to agree that the key ingredients of strategic change implementation in universities are effective institutional leadership; coherent organisational operating models and structures; and institutional culture.  But to achieve all of this, it’s clear that institutions have also invested in sophisticated change management methods and models to guide their strategic change programmes.   

Our seminar aims to explore and share experiences of these developments: what’s worked; what’s failed; and what’s worth trying again.  The programme has been designed to be highly participative, with inputs from a range of institutions as well as those with experience of other sectors.  It promises to be an engaging and innovative seminar. 

Register now to secure you place.

HUMANE-EFMD Winter School, Barcelona (ES), March 15-20, 2020

Developing the Leadership Potential of the Senior University Managers

Hosted by the UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (ES)

The EFMD - HUMANE Winter School aims to develop the leadership potential of talented Senior Managers by making them fully aware of:

  • The concepts and practices of strategic management in a European context;
  • The importance of integrating academic matters, finances, human resources, governance, leadership and communication strategy in the elaboration of university strategy.

The Winter School focuses on leadership skills and the “big picture” of management (how to identify and implement necessary changes). Throughout the week participants work on a case resolution on the internationalisation strategy of a University. The context of university life and the developing scene across Europe provide a unifying thread – this is not just “yet another” management course.

The Winter School is designed for talented fast-rising managers of administration or services, some of who might become heads of administration. The typical candidate will be someone who has the potential to become an influential senior manager and/or head of administration in the future but who at this moment may not be a deputy or senior colleague. Candidates may be an expert or a specialist with the potential to broaden responsibility and move in due course to a senior management position. Applicants are nominated by their own head of administration, their dean or equivalent in their organisation. They are selected by an EFMD- HUMANE panel with extensive experience of leadership management development programmes.

News from our Members and Partners

Ambitious Futures: The graduate programme for university leadership

Each year scores of highly talented graduates leave our universities for professional careers. How can we ensure that we attract, develop and retain the best of that graduate talent for our sector?

Created to address this challenge, Ambitious Futures is a graduate leadership scheme for Higher Education in the UK, now keen to extend its reach beyond the UK. While its programme currently comprises a range of UK-based HUMANE members,  Ambitious Futures is actively developing relationships with partners across the rest of Europe as its next big step.

By recruiting some of the brightest graduates into the sector and providing them with a challenging eighteen-month programme of practical placements and professional development within different universities, the scheme puts participants onto the fast track to leadership roles in professional services.

Contact the Chief Executive, Christine Abbott for more information.