• HUMANE Annual Conference
    Global University Rankings and Institutional Strategic Positioning
    University of Groningen
    Groningen, June 17-18, 2016
  • HUMANE Seminar: Affordability and Access in Higher Education:
    System-level and institutional responses in the early 21st century
    Save the date - more details coming soon
    University of London, November 4-5, 2016
  • 14th WSAN Annual Seminar
    New Roles for University Support Professionals
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 30 - October 1, 2016
    Open to Winter School Alumni only
  • EFMD - HUMANE Winter School
    Developing the Leadership Potential of Senior University Managers
    2017 Edition Applications to commence this August
  • Professional Development Series - a new HUMANE activity
    First Two Modules
    Coming Soon

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 Annual Conference in Groningen (NL), June 17-18, 2016

Global University Rankings and Institutional Strategic Positioning

Virtually no executive team in a contemporary multi-faculty university can ignore the publication of national and global rankings.  

One way or another, these ranking publications affect student demand and recruitment, the perceptions of staff candidates during the recruitment process, institution-to-institution networks and alliances, and universities' general reputation.  

At best, a good performance in rankings can contribute to an ambitious institutional zeitgeist, or at the very least have a positive impact on staff, student and alumni morale.  

But crafting an institutional strategy with an over-focus on improving performance in rankings is fraught with dangers.  Staff often find it de-motivating and shallow; the statistical complexity and capriciousness of rankings often make them difficult to predict; and gaming the system to achieve rankings success may even divert leadership energy and resources from real strategy.   And yet......nearly all universities use rankings to varying degrees in their global positioning.  

Our seminar assembles an experienced array of speakers to help us grapple with these strategic tensions.   

Topics and questions to be traversed include:

  • what actions are needed to embrace rankings within universities management and leadership systems in a helpful and proportionate way?
  • how should institutions' stakeholders expectations be managed with regard to rankings?  
  • what are some examples of good practice where institutions integrate their rankings tactics into their wider and real academic strategy?
  • and what is the role of leadership in successful strategic positioning in a world where rankings loom large?

These and other topics will be debated over the course of the seminar.  It promises to be a lively and intellectually engaging event, relevant to anyone involved in strategic institutional leadership.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Groningen. 

HUMANE Seminar in London (UK), November 4-5, 2016

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


Save the date!

More information coming soon.

EFMD (ESMU) - HUMANE European Winter School

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

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

University of Helsinki organises International Staff Exchange Weeks

The University of Helsinki, which celebrates its 375th birthday in 2015, organises four International Staff Exchange Weeks. 

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Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is Recruiting

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is seeking applications to fill permanent, full-time positions in various fields. Knowledge of the Italian language, although considered a practical advantage, is by no means a requirement. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

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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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