• Professional Pathways Programmes
    Session 2 - General Administrators
    Adapt or die: the power of the generalist in a changing HE landscape
    The University of Edinburgh, February 25-26, 2019
  • 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)
    October 13-18, 2019 - applications open in the Spring
  • HUMANE-EFMD Summer School
    Transforming Higher Education Professional Services
    Free University of Berlin (DE), 2019 edition coming soon
    September 15-20, 2019 - applications open in the Spring

HUMANE eNewsletter

HUMANE eNewsletter issue 8 (Autumn 2018) is out now

HUMANE is delighted to announce that the eighth 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 captain the HUMANE volleyball team...

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


2019 Programme - Save the date

Overview of our forthcoming 2019 events:


March 28-29, University of Amsterdam (NL) - From Human Resources to talent management

November 7-8, University of Bordeaux (FR) - Theme being finalised and to be announced shortly

Annual Conference

June 14-15, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München (DE) - Research management and the management of impact

Study Visits

May 12-15, Utrecht University (NL) - The Sustainability Summit: Utrecht University Study Visit

September 29 - October 1, Aalto University (FI) - Developments in innovation leadership at Aalto University

Professional Pathways Programme

February 25-26, University of Edinburgh (UK) - Adapt or die: the power of the generalist in a changing HE landscape

April 28-30, Ghent University (BE) - Driving efficiency: overhead costing in European universities

Residential Schools

March 10-15, Winter School, UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (ES) - Developing the leadership potential of senior university managers

September 15-20, Summer School, Freie Universität Berlin (DE) - Transforming higher education professional services

October 13-18, Asia-Pacific School, University of Hong Kong (HK) - Managing international strategic partnerships in higher education

Alumni Network Seminar

October 25-26, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (BE) - A European Higher Education Area? From vision to action

Professional Pathways Programme

Professional Pathways Programmes 2019 sessions

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.

Generalist Administrators - February 25-26, 2019

Adapt or die: the power of the generalist in a changing HE landscape

Hosted by the University of Edinburgh (UK)

All European universities are developing strategies to deal with profound, transformational changes in society. Those that understand emerging trends and adapt to them will prosper and those that don't will struggle. Evolution theory suggests that this should favour those who are more adaptable, rather than those who are necessarily stronger. Will this be true of generalist university administrators?

This highly interactive professional pathways programme will be of particular interest to ambitious generalists such as: academic registrars and directors of academic services, faculty and school managers, student service managers, institutional planners, and senior governance officers and their staff.

Finance Professionals - April 28-30, 2019

Driving efficiency: overhead costing models in European Universities

Hosted by Ghent University (BE)

Working with HUMANE, the Finance team at the Ghent University conducted a survey of members’ overhead costing models.  This Professional Pathways Programme provides an opportunity for finance professionals to discuss the results, share experience and hear of good practice in other institutions about their approaches to drive efficiency and optimise service function performance.

Other programmes are in development, including one for HR professionals.  Check our website regularly for updates.

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

2019 Edition dates: October 13-18

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

2019 Edition dates: September 13-18

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.