Steering the future strategy of HUMANE
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 Annual Conference in Groningen (NL), June 17-18, 2016
Global University Rankings and Institutional Strategic Positioning
Virtually no executive team in a contemporary multi-faculty university can ignore the publication of national and global rankings.
One way or another, these ranking publications affect student demand and recruitment, the perceptions of staff candidates during the recruitment process, institution-to-institution networks and alliances, and universities' general reputation.
At best, a good performance in rankings can contribute to an ambitious institutional zeitgeist, or at the very least have a positive impact on staff, student and alumni morale.
But crafting an institutional strategy with an over-focus on improving performance in rankings is fraught with dangers. Staff often find it de-motivating and shallow; the statistical complexity and capriciousness of rankings often make them difficult to predict; and gaming the system to achieve rankings success may even divert leadership energy and resources from real strategy. And yet......nearly all universities use rankings to varying degrees in their global positioning.
Our seminar assembles an experienced array of speakers to help us grapple with these strategic tensions.
Topics and questions to be traversed include:
- what actions are needed to embrace rankings within universities management and leadership systems in a helpful and proportionate way?
- how should institutions' stakeholders expectations be managed with regard to rankings?
- what are some examples of good practice where institutions integrate their rankings tactics into their wider and real academic strategy?
- and what is the role of leadership in successful strategic positioning in a world where rankings loom large?
These and other topics will be debated over the course of the seminar. It promises to be a lively and intellectually engaging event, relevant to anyone involved in strategic institutional leadership.
We look forward to welcoming you to Groningen.
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
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EFMD (ESMU) - HUMANE European Winter School
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
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.
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.
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:Read more