• Sydney universities study visits plus a
    Seminar with HUMANE's Australian counterpart
    Sydney, April 14-17, 2020
    Registrations now open
  • HUMANE Spring Seminar
    Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, April 23-24, 2020
    Sustaining public confidence in our universities:
    public affairs, impact and influence
    Registations now open
  • Summer School
    Transforming Higher Education Professional Services
    Free University of Berlin (DE)
    September 27 - October 2, 2020
  • Transnational Partnerships School
    Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CN)
    2020 dates coming soon

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 beyond.  

For further information go to the Join HUMANE page or contact us at contact(at)humane.eu.

HUMANE eNewsletter

HUMANE eNewsletter issue 13 (Winter 2020) is out now

HUMANE is delighted to announce that the latest 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.

Sydney universities study visits and a seminar with HUMANE’s Australian counterpart, Sydney, April 14-17, 2020

Hosted by the Australian Catholic University (AU)

HUMANE is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for this unique opportunity.

The programme comprises study visits to three very different types of institutions in Sydney, themed around: 

The fourth element of the programme is a seminar with HUMANE’s counterpart association, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors Corporate.  The seminar will provide an opportunity for good practice exchange and engagement between members of the two associations, focussed on key trends in higher education, big challenges and future developments, as well as providing a platform for international networking for HUMANE participants. 

Click here for a more detailed outline of the programme.

HUMANE Spring Seminar, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, April 23-24, 2020

Sustaining public confidence in our universities: public affairs, impact and influence.

Hosted by the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (IT)

The theme of our Spring seminar could not be more topical.  

Coming at a time when countries are hotly debating how best to share societal benefits, people working in universities have no doubt of their institutions’ value to society.  But it would be a mistake to think that this is accepted by a majority of the community.  

In the face of criticism that universities are out of touch with the taxpayers who fund them, our institutions have had to reassess their entire approach to stakeholder communications including for example, public affairs, strategic communications and issue management.  

Our seminar will share practice on what universities are doing to tackle these challenges, in terms of policy and strategy, organisation and management, and the deployment of skilled professionals.  Session leaders will be sharing information about the choices they’ve made in this regard and why, the successes they’ve achieved, and the lessons they’ve learned the hard way.

Summer School, Berlin (DE) , September 27-October 2, 2020

Transforming Higher Education Professional Services

Hosted by the Freie University Berlin (DE)  

The aim of the 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

Transnational Partnerships School, Shanghai (CN), 2020 dates coming soon

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

Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education

Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Hosted by the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University and with visits to other institutions such as Fudan University, the Transnational Partnerships School aims to provide a unique experience for senior and middle managers involved in leading or advising on strategic east-west partnerships between universities, and between universities and other partners. 

Like our winter and summer school programmes, the Shanghai programme will be an intensive, immersive learning experience, providing an opportunity for participants to extend their global networks and to learn first-hand of the rapid evolution of one of the world’s great education cities.

News from our Members and Partners

Ambitious Futures: The graduate programme for university leadership

Each year scores of highly talented graduates leave our universities for professional careers. How can we ensure that we attract, develop and retain the best of that graduate talent for our sector?

Created to address this challenge, Ambitious Futures is a graduate leadership scheme for Higher Education in the UK, now keen to extend its reach beyond the UK. While its programme currently comprises a range of UK-based HUMANE members,  Ambitious Futures is actively developing relationships with partners across the rest of Europe as its next big step.

By recruiting some of the brightest graduates into the sector and providing them with a challenging eighteen-month programme of practical placements and professional development within different universities, the scheme puts participants onto the fast track to leadership roles in professional services.

Contact the Chief Executive, Christine Abbott for more information.