• HUMANE Seminar
    Attainment, Affordability and Access in Higher Education:
    System-level and institutional responses in the early 21st century
    University of London, November 4-5, 2016
  • 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
  • HUMANE Spring Seminar: Sustainable Development Strategy
    Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergara", Rome
    April 7-8, 2017
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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

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

University enrolment is growing faster even than demand for that ultimate consumer good, the car. And yet most HE systems have had mixed success at best in getting under-represented groups into higher education and even when they do, ensuring proportionate levels of attainment despite a generation of social inclusion policies.

We have assembled an array of high profile speakers from all over Europe to take on these big issues, not least the institutional leadership and management challenges of changing the social and economic mix of universities, with every aspect of university operations affected whether it be marketing and outreach to prospective students, learning support systems, through to advice and guidance services.

UPDATE - IT Workshop Added - 3 November (PM)


In response to requests from members involved in reviewing their IT operations, the University of London and King’s College London will jointly host a workshop on Thursday afternoon, the 3 November, on developments in these two institutions in shared services, service innovation and the implementation of new IT operating models. Open to anyone registered for the London Seminar. Details on the Workshop can be found HERE

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.

HUMANE Spring Seminar in Rome (IT), April 7-8, 2017

Sustainable Development Strategy

The HUMANE Spring Seminar will be held on 7-8 April in the Eternal City, Rome, where our hosts will be the Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergara".  The theme of the Seminar is Sustainable Development Strategy.  

We aim to bring together an interesting, expert group of speakers in a fabulous location to share knowledge and practice about an issue that is at the top of the agenda for most if not all university leadership teams.  

Details of the programme will be available later this calendar year, but in the meantime, save the date. 

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 & Partners

EFMD-EURAM Research Leadership Programme - Cycle 6

After five successful editions and over 75 participants, the Research Leadership Programme (RLP) will run again in 2016 on the following dates:

Module 1: 18 - 21 October 2016 and Module 2:  7 - 9 December 2016

Universities and business schools contribute to significant knowledge creation. However, each institution is faced with the challenges to develop an appropriate research strategy and to implement it.   In order to strengthen their members’ capability to develop high quality research, EFMD and EURAM have joined efforts to offer this professional development programme.

The aim of the programme is to introduce new and existing Directors of Research in Management in universities and Business Schools to best practice in their position. Participants will get direct advice from experienced Directors, access to the gatekeepers of research funding institutions and benefit from the support of an alumni network. 

More Information can be found here, the EFMD Contact for this activity is Eline Loux, Business School Services Coordinator.

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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