Heads of University Management & Administration Network Europe

HUMANE 2018 Annual Conference, Malmö (SE), June 15-16, 2018

Retaining public trust in universities in a post truth world

Hosted by Malmö University (SE)

The American political scientist, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that public trust is the “currency of governance”. Without it, institutions bleed legitimacy and their credibility falters.

We live in a world where those who promote alternative facts, fake news and advocate suspicion towards experts are eroding public trust in all of our great civic institutions. This is particularly poignant for universities as they stand for truth, evidence-based argument and a commitment to intellectual enquiry.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge recently said “…If society does not believe that we have its interests at heart, we need to do a better job at engaging with it and communicating the impact of our work.”

We developed a programme and brought together a fantastic group of speakers to help us explore these challenges. Speakers included the celebrated Swedish trendwatcher and futurologist, Troed Troedson; the VC of Malmö University, Kerstin Tham; the Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation, Wilhelm Krull; and many others.

Our conference was hosted by Malmö University, a university whose mission is to help build self-sustaining communities. It was a lively and engaging annual conference, with a convivial social programme celebrating the Scandinavian summer!