• Utrecht University Study Visit: The Sustainability Summit
    Utrecht University (NL)
    Overcoming barriers to sustainability & social responsibility in higher education
    May 12-15, 2019
  • HUMANE 2019 Annual Conference
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Supporting and creating impact:
    new challenges, new opportunities for research & innovation management in European universities
    June 14-15, 2019
  • HUMANE-EFMD Summer School
    Transforming Higher Education Professional Services
    Free University of Berlin (DE)
    September 15-20, 2019 - Now open for applications
  • Professional Pathways Programmes
    Session 3 - Finance Professionals
    Driving efficiency: overhead costing in European universities
    Ghent University, Autumn 2019
  • HUMANE-EFMD Winter School
    Developing the Leadership Potential of Senior University Managers
    UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (ES)
    2020 Edition - applications open this summer
  • HUMANE-EFMD Transnational Partnership School
    Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education
    University of Hong Kong (HK)
    October 13-18, 2019 - applications open in the Spring

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's 2019 Programme

You can view the full programme by visiting the seminars and conferences, study visits, residential schools and professional pathways pages, or reading the What’s On section of our Winter 2019 e-newsletter.  A full overview is available here.

HUMANE eNewsletter

HUMANE eNewsletter issue 9 (Winter 2019) is out now

HUMANE is delighted to announce that the ninth 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


Utrecht University Study Visit: The Sustainability Summit, May 12-15, 2019

Overcoming barriers to sustainability and social responsibility in higher education

Hosted by the Utrecht University (NL)

Registration now open

The historic 2015 Paris Agreement building on the UN’s Convention on Climate Change was a turning point.  It charts a new course in the global challenge to address climate change.  

The Agreement also provided a much needed impetus for universities to demonstrate more visibly, the unique role that they can play in effecting lasting change in relation to climate change by virtue of their role as knowledge-intensive organisations. 

In this second edition of the HUMANE-Utrecht University Study Visit, we will explore what different universities around the world are doing to achieving ‘change that sticks’ in implementing their sustainability and social responsibility strategies. 

With contributions from university representatives from around Europe and further afield in Australia, student activists and others playing a leading role in managing the transition to a low carbon economy, participants will be engaged in an immersive, interactive and practical learning experience. 

You’ll have the opportunity to discuss in detail both the successes and challenges of different institutional approaches to achieving genuine sustainability and widen your international networks for your own and your institution’s future development.

HUMANE 2019 Annual Conference, Munich (DE), June 14-15

Supporting and creating impact: new challenges, new opportunities for research and innovation management in European universities 

Hosted by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (DE)

Registration now open

Research and innovation management, administration and support has got a lot more complicated.

The shift in policy emphasis to the assessment of social and economic impact or contribution, whilst understood in different terms, and being pursued in different ways and at different speeds in various European systems of higher education, is nonetheless a hot topic being debated by funding agencies, public and private organisations and policy makers.  

It is a policy debate that is laden with complex dilemmas. 

But it also brings a host of management challenges at the institutional level, which cut across the conventional administrative and functional boundaries associated with research management and support, not least communications, community engagement and public affairs; and information systems, reporting and data capture, as institutions attempt to bring to life their impact on the communities that support them.

With a diverse and distinguished group of big picture, as well as institutional management speakers from different systems and universities around Europe, our annual conference promises to be a stimulating learning experience for participants, as well as a networking event where challenges can be shared and information exchanged, in the wonderfully historic surroundings of our host institution, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

HUMANE-EFMD Summer School, Berlin (DE) , September 15-20, 2019

Transforming Higher Education Professional Services

Hosted by the Freie University Berlin (DE)     

Applications for the 2019 Edition now open

The aim of the HUMANE-EFMD Summer School is to develop the leadership potential of senior managers in higher education involved in major transformational change programmes in their institutions by making them fully aware of:

  • The critical success factors associated with the re-design of professional services operating models for future growth; and approaches to overcome the challenges
  • The implications of cross-boundary process transformations to develop fit for purpose, flexible and modern professional services

News from our Members and Partners

Highered EFMD Global Career Services: Global Talent Summit, May 8-10 in Shanghai

The Highered Global Talent Summit will take place May 8-10 in Shanghai, where EFMD Career Services and HR professionals will come together in China for an international networking summit to gain insight, build relationships, and discuss student/alumni placement strategies. And your Career Services department is invited to take part!

This year’s Summit theme, China on the Rise: Your Talent Roadmap to Success, focuses on solving one of the major challenges facing many career service teams today – sourcing sufficient career opportunities for Chinese talent. Together as an EFMD global school network, we will exchange ideas, resources, and best practices to reach placement goals, while learning of current hiring objectives from HR and talent acquisition specialists in China. 

Alibaba, Deutsche Bank, CreditEase, Richemont China, L’Oreal China, HIKvision, GEELY Group and DNV GL are among some of the companies expected to attend this year’s Summit. Many schools are also inviting their corporate partners in China, and we encourage you to extend the invitation to your relevant connections in organizations in China. By joining forces as an EFMD community, we strengthen the network and generate more opportunities for all.  

For more information on the Summit agenda, accommodation details and registration, visit here or contact highered(at)efmdglobal.org