Heads of University Management & Administration Network Europe

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

Hosted by the University of Rome Tor Vergata

As higher education institutions seek to adapt during turbulent times, the narrative surrounding the contribution the so called ‘administration’ makes to institutional sustainability has undergone dramatic change

Whereas once the focus was a one-dimensional lens on cost and value-for-money, institutions increasingly adopt a multi-dimensional focus on customer or client satisfaction, quality of outcomes, effectiveness and true economic efficiency, in shaping the future focus of their student, teaching and research support operations. 

Nor are these new approaches to HE administrative support and institutional sustainability solely underpinned by purely technical interventions, important as process re-engineering, organisational structuring and technology are; contemporary approaches to leadership, talent development and acquisition, and cross-functional team work are now central features of many institutions’ administrative reform agendas. 

Our seminar brings together an impressive array of speakers with first hand experience of leading and managing change in their institutions to affect this seismic shift from passive, reactive support services to future focused, pro-active, well led professional services, actively contributing to their institutions’ future sustainability as vibrant intellectual communities of students and staff. 

Registration is now open!

Speakers and participative sessions:

Prof. Michele Bugliesi, Rector, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (IT)

- Internationalisation strategy and institutional sustainability: choices and challenges at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

drs. Dries Berendsen, Director Real Estates and Campus, Utrecht University (NL) with Ove Botnevik, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, University of Bergen (NO)

- Leadership and change in achieving space efficiency at Utrecht University: a case study in sciences and geosciences

Panel session: Lessons learned from leading change for institutional sustainability 

- Tiia Tuomi, HR Director at Aalto University (FI)

- Katarina Bjelke, University Director, Uppsala University (SE)

ing. Enrico Lodolo, Director of IT, University of Bologna (IT)

The digital revolution comes to Europe's oldest university: digitisation strategy and sustainability at the University of Bologna

Mag. Joachim Ninaus, Director Central Services, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (AT)

- The Sustainable Universities Programme initiative Austria

Prof. Stefano Cordiner, Director of Energy Management, University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT)

- Leadership and change for energy efficiency at the University of Rome Tor Vergata: how a university community may be driven to love a sustainable environment policy

John Worne, COO Arts and Sciences Faculties, King's College London (UK)

- World Café - Seizing the future, small changes; big ideas.

Concluding session: Key themes and practical actions to take forward from the seminar

- Cécile Chicoye, Director General of Services, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole (FR)

- Chris Cobb, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary, University of London (UK)

- Stephan van Galen, Secretary General, University of Groningen (NL)

Who Can Attend?

This HUMANE Seminar is open to:

  • HUMANE Members
  • HUMANE Members can also attend with one or more colleagues
  • HUMANE Members can also send colleagues from their University
  • WSAN Members 
  • Winter School Alumni can attend all HUMANE events
  • EFMD, AHUA and EUA Members 

Plus other Higher Education professionals may apply to attend here 

Seminar Fees

The Seminar Fee is € 550 . This includes 2 lunches on Friday and Saturday plus any social programme.

Accompanying people are charged at € 160, this includes lunches, dinners and the social programme but no admittance to the seminar sessions. 

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation letter and invoice. Please wait until you receive the invoice before arranging the payment.

Accommodation and Practical Information

Is now available and will be sent to participants upon registration. 

Provisional Seminar Schedule

Friday 7 April: 

Registration and lunch from 12:00 / Seminar sessions 13:30 to 17:30 / HUMANE Seminar Dinner 20:00

Saturday 8 April:

Seminar sessions 09:00 to 13:00 / lunch / social programme and dinner 

Cancellation Fees

One written confirmation is received from the HUMANE Secretariat cancellation fees will be applied for any cancellation after 17th March. For cancellations from 18th to 31st March 50% of the Seminar fee will be charged. No refunds are possible from 1st April.