• Professional Pathways Programmes
    Session 2 - General Administrators
    Adapt or die: the power of the generalist in a world of change
    The University of Edinburgh, February 25-26, 2019
  • HUMANE Study Visit
    University of Padova (IT), November 25-27, 2018
    Making positive change happen: organisational turnaround at the University of Padova
  • HUMANE-EFMD Winter School
    Developing the Leadership Potential of Senior University Managers
    UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (ES), March 10-15, 2019
  • HUMANE 2019 Annual Conference
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Munich (DE)
    Provisional date June 14-15, 2019
  • HUMANE-EFMD Asia-Pacific School
    Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education
    University of Hong Kong (HK)
    2019 edition coming soon
  • HUMANE-EFMD Summer School
    Transforming Higher Education Professional Services
    Free University of Berlin (DE), 2019 edition coming soon

HUMANE eNewsletter

HUMANE eNewsletter issue 7 (Summer 2018 - updated in August) is out now

HUMANE is delighted to announce that the seventh 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 will serenade you...

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


Professional Pathways Programme

Professional Pathways Programmes 2019 sessions

Starting in 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 2 - General Administrators - February 25-26, 2019

Adapt or die: the power of the generalist in a world of change

Hosted by the University of Edinburgh (UK)

Contemporary European universities are living through an era of profound transformational change. This will favour those best able to understand emerging trends and adapt to them effectively. Nature suggests that this should favour the generalist over the specialist: the most adaptable rather than the strongest. Will this be true of university administration as well? And what will it take to reach the top?

This development programme will be of particular interest to generalist administrators ambitious to progress: to academic registrars, faculty managers, student service providers, institutional planners, senior governance officers and their staff.

HUMANE Study Visit, Padova (IT), November 25-27, 2018

Making positive change happen: organisational turnaround at the University of Padova

Hosted by the University of Padova (IT)


How do you go about achieving lasting change in one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning, the Università degli Studi di Padova?  

Despite being a member of the Coimbra Group, the network of ancient research universities which includes the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Salamanca, Jena, Leuven and Leiden, Padova is not immune from the pressures of funding cuts, international competition and the relentless drive for greater efficiency. 

The study visit will be an intensive one and a half day engagement, with informal networking opportunities and plenty of opportunity for participative group work and discussion, taking place in one of Europe’s most beautiful university cities

HUMANE-EFMD Winter School, Barcelona (ES) , March 10-15, 2019

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.

Late applications - please contact the HUMANE Secretariat

HUMANE-EFMD Asia-Pacific School, Hong Kong (HK)

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)

Applications for the 2019 Edition will open in the spring.

HUMANE-EFMD Summer School, Berlin (DE)

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

Applications for the 2019 Edition will open in the spring.

News from our Members & Partners

Strategic Partner

HUMANE has a strategic partnership with EFMD.

EFMD management development network includes over 900 institutional members from academia, business, public service and consultancy across 88 countries worldwide.  EFMD offers a range of services, including conferences and seminars around the world, surveys and the dissemination of knowledge, quality improvement and accreditation via EQUIS, EPAS, EOCCS and CLIP, as well as the EDAF mentoring programme and BSIS impact assessment system. 

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

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, download our leaflet or contact us at contact(at)humane.eu.