• Spring Seminar: The leadership of people, knowledge and change:
    the contribution of 'the administration' to institutional sustainability
    Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", Frascati, Rome
    April 7-8, 2017
  • HUMANE 20th Anniversary Conference
    Redefining university leadership in a volatile world
    College de France - Paris Science et Lettres
    Paris, June 9-10, 2017
  • EFMD - HUMANE Summer School
    Contemporary practice in the transformation of higher education professional services
    Free University of Berlin
    Save the date: August 27 - September 1, 2017
  • EFMD - HUMANE Winter School
    Developing the Leadership Potential of Senior University Managers
    Barcelona, March 19-24, 2017

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 Membership Survey

HUMANE Membership Survey: Win a free 2017 seminar place!

HUMANE wants to develop its events and programmes to better meet the needs and priorities of our members. As a starting point for planning future events, we would welcome your feedback on activities and themes which may be of interest to you. In addition, we want to know what works best for you in terms of the timing, location and format of events. We would be grateful if you could spend 10 minutes to complete a short survey for us.

The survey is in three parts: Leadership Themes, Programme/Event Delivery Preferences; and Barriers to Participation.

Your participation will help us to design programmes that support you professionally and ensure that our events are interesting and relevant.

Take the survey

To thank you for taking the time to complete the survey we are offering you the chance win a free 2017 HUMANE Seminar place*. All you have to do is to enter your email address at the end of the survey. The winner will be announced in the last week of February.

The survey will remain open until Friday, 3 February 2017.

**Competition rules 

HUMANE Spring Seminar, Frascati, Rome (IT), April 7-8, 2017

The leadership of people, knowledge and change: the contribution of ‘the administration’ to institutional sustainability

As foreshadowed in the HUMANE Chairman's Summer letter, our Spring 2017 seminar will be held at the University of Rome Tor Vergata’s historic Villa Mondragone located in the picturesque town of Frascati in the Alban Hills on the south eastern outskirts of Rome. 

The seminar theme aims to share practice and explore new ways in which professional services are contributing to the sustainability of European universities.

Whether it is new and innovative ways of working, organising and delivering service functions; deploying advanced programme management techniques to ensure more effective delivery of complex capital and IT projects; sophisticated energy management; or creating a high performance culture among professional staff, the so called ‘administration’ plays an ever-increasingly important role in ensuring institutional sustainability.

We’re assembling an energetic, experienced and varied group of speakers to share their honest experience of leading change in their service domains to contribute to their institution’s future sustainability. 

A detailed programme will be available shortly, but in the meantime, save the date!

HUMANE 20th Anniversary Conference, Paris (FR), June 9-10, 2017

Redefining university leadership in a volatile world

We are celebrating HUMANE’s 20th anniversary in Paris in June, 2017.  

Consistent with the global higher education challenges themes of recent annual conferences, the Paris Anniversary Conference will focus on Crisis leadership in universities in a globalised world.  The increased risk of violent incidents such as terrorist attacks, combined with the ubiquitous impact of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, mean that university leaders are often faced with existential crisis leadership challenges.  Most crises cannot be predicted; but the institutional response can be controlled.  Well led responses to crises in universities can have a lasting and positive impact on institutional culture and reputation. A poor response can saddle an institution with socio-cultural, political and economic problems for years to come.  

The confence will be hosted by College de France in collaboration with the recently established university and research community Paris Science et Lettres PSL.  

Please save the date!

EFMD (ESMU) - HUMANE European Summer School, Berlin (DE) August 27 - September 1, 2017

Contemporary practice in the transformation of higher education professional services

HUMANE is excited to announce the first pilot edition of the Summer School. Like our very successful Winter School, the aim of the Summer School is to develop the leadership potential of fast-rising senior university managers. 

Please save the date!

EFMD (ESMU) - HUMANE European Winter School, Barcelona, March 19-24, 2017

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

Applications for the 2017 Edition is now closed. 

News from our Members & Partners

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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