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 beyond.  

For further information go to the Join HUMANE page or contact us at contact(at)

HUMANE eNewsletter

The HUMANE eNewsletter (Autumn 2021) is out now.

Please check out the latest HUMANE eNewsletter . In this our 20th edition, we look forward to our 2022 programme and we reflect on our most recent activities. We have also curated articles on important current issues that members will find very stimulating.

HUMANE Members receive a copy directly to their inbox.

2022 Programme – save the dates!

HUMANE is excited to announce our 2022 programme of events which is available to view: here

HUMANE Winter School, Barcelona (ES), March 27 to 1 April, 2022

Leading change in strategy and policy

Limited last places available: for late applications contact the Secretariat

Hosted by the UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (ES)

The 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 a HUMANE panel with extensive experience of leadership management development programmes.

HUMANE Spring Seminar, Strasbourg (FR), March 17-18, 2022

Knowledge transfer and innovation management: how do universities accelerate regional innovation diffusion?

Hosted by the Université de Strasbourg (FR)

Over the past two decades policy makers have become ever more insistent about universities contributing to the places in which they’re located. Beyond their role as institutions of research and teaching, drawing in students and staff sometimes from around the world, governments see universities as anchor institutions.

Increasingly, their expectation is that our institutions should play a vital role in regional development, place-making and helping to solve complex national, and local, social and economic challenges in their regions.

How have different universities responded to this upswing in expectations?

What models have they adopted to fuel regional innovation diffusion to achieve long term impact? And how do they work with regional intermediaries as part of the wider innovation system?

What internal structures have they developed to support knowledge transfer to regional business and industry? And what is the nature and extent of their business and industry support programmes?

Is the balance of their emphasis on SMEs and local entrepreneurs, or on national enterprises located in their regions? And how are students engaged in their knowledge transfer and innovation agenda?

Our seminar will explore these issues through a combination of regional case studies from around Europe as well as participative plenary sessions to generate debate and maximise peer learning.

The full programme, speakers and practical information will be published shortly, but for now save the date, and register your interest to safeguard your place by clicking: here

HUMANE Summer School, Berlin (DE), September 4-9, 2022

Transforming HE Professional Services

Hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin (DE)

The Summer School focuses on achieving sustainable change in relation to universities’ operations. Participants use professional services transformation programme case studies and other material to explore global best practice in this area.

The programme content focuses on the wide variety of contrasting approaches to meeting the challenge of effecting policy and strategy change. Topics such as globalisation, strategic change management, strategic financial management, human resource management and strategic communication are covered over the course of the week.

We are looking for applications from fast rising middle to senior managers, keen to learn more about the art and science of leading and managing large-scale changes in operations and support services. Applicants must be open to non-hierarchical, flexible, agile management approaches, including approaches deployed in other industry sectors. Typically, they will be able to demonstrate the potential to move beyond their current roles irrespective of whether they are already working in operations management, or come from a specialist technical, or policy background. Applicants are nominated by their own head of administration, their dean or equivalent in their organisation. They are selected by a HUMANE panel with extensive experience of leadership management development programmes.