• HUMANE Spring Seminar
    University of Aveiro (PT), April 13-14, 2018
    Digital transformation is getting ready for higher education;
    but is higher education ready for digital transformation?
  • HUMANE 2018 Anniversary Conference
    Malmö University
    Retaining public trust in universities in a post truth world
    Malmö (SE), June 15-16, 2018
  • Professional Pathways Programmes
    Session 1 - Financial Professionals
    Re-framing financial leadership in a more complex and turbulent world
    Utrecht University, March 12-13, 2018
  • HUMANE Study Visit
    Utrecht University (NL), April 22-25, 2018
    Sustainability, social responsibility and university leadership:
    strategic responses to sustainability challenges
  • HUMANE-EFMD Winter School
    Developing the Leadership Potential of Senior University Managers
    UPF Barcelona (ES), March 18-23, 2018
  • HUMANE-EFMD Summer School
    Transforming Higher Education Professional Services
    Free University of Berlin (DE), September 9-14, 2018
    Applications now open
  • HUMANE-EFMD Asia-Pacific School
    Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education
    University of Hong Kong
    October 7-12, 2018

HUMANE eNewsletter

HUMANE eNewsletter issue 5 (winter 2018) is out now

HUMANE is delighted to announce that the fifth 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. Plus 60 seconds with a HUMANE member - in this edition find out who dreams of looking after the hippos...

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


HUMANE Spring Seminar, University of Aveiro (PT), April 13-14, 2018

Digital transformation is getting ready for higher education; but is higher education ready for digital transformation?

Hosted by the University of Aveiro (PT)

Are we ready for the revolution?

Rapid technological advances in data and analytics, digitalisation, AI and machine learning have been reshaping the economic and social landscape, enabling the emergence of transformational innovations in many industry sectors, not least education.

Together they amount to a revolution in technical capabilities with profound implications for how universities operate and engage with their students and stakeholders.  

Machines today increasingly match or outperform human performance in a range of work activities, including ones that require cognitive capabilities, learning, making tacit judgments and sensing emotion.  

Yet their advent raises questions about how universities can best prepare for and harness these technologies, the skills and institutional transformation that will be required to harvest benefits, and how institutional leaders as well as staff will adapt to the impact on their jobs, capability-building and the nature of university work itself.

We’re bringing together a cast of senior experienced speakers to challenge our thinking about these big issues in an interactive seminar programme that will be informative, engaging and thought-provoking which is available here.

Professional Pathways Programme

Professional Pathways Programmes 2018 sessions

New for 2018 and based on feedback from participants in our residential schools, HUMANE is developing a series of professional pathways programmes

These programmes aim to enable staff working in the same or similar professional disciplines to think about the big issues facing higher education today and in the longer term, build their global professional networks to share good practice and ideas, and to provide a stimulating environment where they have the opportunity to learn new skills to contribute to their professional and personal development.

Session 1 - Financial Professionals - March 12-13, 2018

Re-framing financial leadership in a more complex and turbulent world 

Hosted by Utrecht University (NL)

As the world has become increasingly complex and turbulent over recent decades, European higher education has, compared with many other sectors, fared remarkably well.  

But as the combined mega trends associated with Europe’s demographic crisis, the shift eastwards of political and economic power, and the advent of artificial intelligence gather momentum, is this apparent stability sustainable? 

Can higher education keep dodging the bullets and retain relatively high levels of predictable funding compared with others, and year on year growth based on a business model that has remained largely unchanged for c. 70 years? 

How rapid and disruptive will the resulting changes be?  Which institutions are most vulnerable and what are the consequences of these changes manifesting in European higher educations: for the sector as a whole, for individual institutions and the role of senior finance professionals working in our universities? 

These are just some of the questions which will be raised on HUMANE’s professional pathways programme for senior finance professionals.  

HUMANE Study Visit, Utrecht (NL), April 22-25, 2018

Sustainability, social responsibility and university leadership: strategic responses to sustainability challenges

Hosted by Utrecht University (NL)

The historic Paris Climate Change Agreement 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.

More than this, however, it put the spotlight on institutional leaders to lead by example; to demonstrate that universities had much more to do in the way they managed themselves in terms of their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions targets. 

It reminded us that sustainability management in universities has to go through a fundamental change in mindset, transitioning from being a worthy project involving a few changemakers, to a central feature of the institution’s ethos, character and strategy.  

Our study visit focuses on Utrecht University, an institution which has committed itself to making this journey. It is designed as an intensive, interactive programme over two and a half days, with participants arriving on the Sunday evening for an informal get-to-know-each-other dinner.

The programme (available here) culminates in the study visit team providing feedback on what they have learned to the Utrecht home team.  It promises to be a lively, engaging and enlightening programme.  

HUMANE 2018 Annual Conference, Malmö (SE), June 15-16, 2018

Retaining public trust in universities in a post truth world

Hosted by Malmö University (SE)

We live in a world where public trust in all of our great civic institutions is being eroded by those who proselytise ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’. These challenges to institutional legitimacy are particularly poignant for universities as they stand for, among many things, truth, evidence-based argument and a commitment to intellectual enquiry. 

In the face of this negative rhetoric, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge recently said “…we need to make a better case for our role as institutions that contribute to the public good. If society does not believe that we have its interests at heart, we need to do a better job at engaging with it and communicating the impact of our work.”

The practical and managerial implications of this are extensive and most, if not all universities are struggling to build capacity to be able to deal effectively with these developments, whether its adapting to the bewildering pace of change in relation to social media and communications, to the need to resource highly professional public and community engagement, through to the development of sophisticated systems of internal and external communications. 

We’re bringing together an impressive group of speakers for our conference, who’ll guide us in getting to grips with these issues.   

HUMANE-EFMD Summer School, Berlin (DE), September 9-14, 2018

Transforming Higher Education Professional Services

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

2018 Edition takes place from September 9-14. Applications now open.

HUMANE-EFMD Asia-Pacific School, Hong Kong (HK), October 7-12, 2018

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

Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education

Against a background of the world’s economic centre of gravity shifting to the east, HUMANE and EFMD are launching a brand-new pofessional development programme following the success of their annual Winter School.

The aim of the School is to develop the leadership potential of senior managers in higher education involved or likely to be involved in major Asia-Pacific and European strategic partnerships by making them fully aware of:

  • The range of models and types of partnerships (at programme or institutional level; branch campuses);
  • The governance and management approaches associated with strategic partnerships, including frameworks for assessing risk and ensuring quality;
  • The implications of global strategic partnerships on professional services in universities (e.g. HR, IT, finances)

2018 Edition will take place on October 7-12. Applications will open shortly.

HUMANE-EFMD Winter School, Barcelona (ES), March 18-23, 2018

Developing the Leadership Potential of the Senior University Managers

The aim of the HUMANE-EFMD 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

2018 Edition is now closed. Applications for the 2019 Edition will open in the summer.

HUMANE Autumn Seminar, University of Trento (IT), November 8-9, 2018

Save the date!

Hosted by the University of Trento

Our Autumn Seminar will take place in Trento, Italy on November 8-9, 2018. More information will follow very shortly but in the meantime, save the date.

News from our Members & Partners

2018 EFMD Research Leadership Conference

Future proofing your school’s research strategy in the 21st Century 

Are you looking to develop and strengthen your research strategy? Do you know where you stand with regard to best practices in Europe and elsewhere? Is your strategy ready for the dynamic context ahead? EFMD's recently designed Research Leadership Programme will help you answer all these questions and more.

Building on the previous successes of our longer Research Leadership programmes, EFMD and EURAM have designed a new 4-day intensive edition, that will help those responsible for research strategy and management to innovate; build new and stronger networks; and prepare themselves and their schools for the new era ahead.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the challenges that the future of management research in Europe will bring
  • Explore ‘state of the art’ competitor strategies
  • Explore the major changes in research funding and measurement
  • Explore the management process of both successful and underperforming researchers
  • Explore ‘live’ research contexts through visits to top business schools

Facilitated by leading international experts, this professional development programme will be hosted by Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal from 22 to 26 April 2018. More information is available from Laura Ballesteros.

Strategic Partner

HUMANE has a strategic partnership with EFMD, a large global not for profit association of nearly 900 members (business schools, universities, public and private organisations) in 86 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, EOCCS and CLIP).   

EFMD is hosting the HUMANE Secretariat.   The Asia-Pacific School, Summer School and Winter School are joint ventures of the two associations.


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 go to the Join HUMANE page, download our leaflet or contact us at contact(at)humane.eu.