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.eu. The current eNewsletter can be downloaded: here
Twenty Years of the Winter School
Since 2003 the Winter School has been offering an active learning experience for participants to experiment in a safe space, focusing on personal and professional development.
The School nurtures impactful leadership, supporting professional development and organisational transformations in universities. It provides individuals with knowledge and skills to grow in future leadership roles, develop open mindsets to understand multiple viewpoints, (inter)cultural awareness and cross-cultural leadership agility.
HUMANE Annual Conference
Leading together: academic leaders and professional service leaders addressing global societal challenges
In partnership with the European University Association (EUA)
14 – 16 June, 2023
Hosted by the ESCI-UPF, Barcelona
The World Economic Forum sees climate failure, growing social divides and a volatile economic recovery as the highest risks of our times. The world has never changed at such a pace, with technology and Artificial Intelligence driving major transformations. This demands massive upskilling for the green and digital economy and significant research and innovation to adapt to the fourth industrial revolution.
Universities have the potential to be major players in these changes and support economic and societal growth. Yet to do so they need extensive leadership capacity, as well as highly skilled academic and professional leaders to steer strategic agendas and create sustainable societal impact.
The Conference will look at external and internal challenges, the drivers to leverage change, new governance, leadership and organisational models. These will be illustrated by cases of institutional journeys in universities.
The programme, including speakers, outline is available here. Save the date and register here to secure your place.
Interactive Webinar for Residential School Alumni
The challenges of hybrid work: connectivity, team engagement and professional growth
21 April (12:00 – 13:00 CEST) for Resdiential School Alumni only
The hybrid university workforce is here to stay. Hybrid work comes with challenges and opportunities to make smart changes to teams and organisations, and for leaders to work differently. How do we:
- Develop pragmatic policies and regulate practice?
- Make sure communication is consistent and transparent?
- Lead new teams in a hybrid world, and bring new recruits on board?
- Create effective working relationships in teams and ensure everybody is involved?
The webinar will explore these questions with short contributions from two speakers and exchanges of experiences across our universities in Europe.
The programme is available here. Residential School Alumni can register here
HUMANE Sustainability Summit
Student engagement with sustainability: bridging the gap between aspiration and action
May 7-9, 2023
Hosted by the University of Konstanz (DE)
Sharing good practice on institutions’ partnership with students to create more sustainable universities
- What are the core principles institutions have adopted to achieve effective student engagement with sustainability and what are students’ views on these measures to ‘manage’ their engagement?
- What are the conditions for empowering students to be catalysts for change in achieving Sustainable Development Goals and what are the systems, structures and processes institutions have implemented to empower students?
- And what are some of the stand-out successful programmes in education, research and campus operations?
These are just some of the questions this year’s Summit will explore in a programme that has been designed to be highly participative, so that you will be engaged in an immersive, interactive and practical professional development experience, as well as widening your international professional networks regarding sustainability strategy, policy and planning.
Click here to learn about the programme and register to secure a place – this is a popular programme and places are available on a limited, first come first served basis. A waitlist will be available in case of cancellations..
HUMANE Summer School, Berlin
Transforming HE Professional Services
September 10-15, 2023
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.
Applications are now open – the deadline for applications is 15 May, 2023.
HUMANE Study Visit to Australia
Strategic transformations of Australian universities: Practice, successes and challenges
September 24-28, 2023
Hosted by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) (AU)
Australia’s universities are among the most innovative in the world. They are often praised for their global engagement strategies and practice. How have Australian universities shaped solid strategies, transformed and redesigned their operational services, physical and digital infrastructures to support major changes.
Our HUMANE programme comprises study visits to three very different types of institutions in Sydney. It focused on strategic transformations and delivery in the context of global engagement.
- Global and local engagement and transformation (University of Sydney)
- Operational services transformation (Australian Catholic University)
- Infrastructure development and delivery, strategy and practice (University of Technology Sydney)
The programme will involve hearing from senior speakers from each institution; it will be highly interactive to facilitate genuine knowledge and experience exchange and networking.
There will be a seminar with HUMANE’s counterpart, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors Corporate Group (under Universities Australia), which will provide additional opportunities for good practice exchange, discussions on key trends in higher education, big challenges and future developments, and a platform for international networking.
The programme will be available very shortly but in the meantime save the date and register: here
The Transnational Partnerships School
Transnational partnership developments and delivery
November 12-17, 2023
Hosted by the University of Nottingham Malaysia (MY)
With a young and expanding population of 660 million, ASEAN is the world’s fifth-largest economy after the US, China, Japan and Germany. Despite the pandemic, research production has grown significantly in the last few years and there is a strong appetite for higher education.
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus opened in September 2000, the first branch campus of a British University outside the UK. Since then many international partnership initiatives have developed in Malaysia and in Southeast Asia.
Malaysia (and Kuala Lumpur in particular) is one of the three main transnational education hubs in the world, being home to a highly diverse and accessible higher education offer from public and private providers.
Malaysia was one of the first countries in Southeast Asia to support the development of International Branch Campuses, with the Ministry of Education inviting foreign universities to Malaysia. The 2015-2025 national Higher Education Blueprint ambitioned to target 250 000 international students by 2025
Applications are now open – the deadline for applications is 15 June, 2023.
The Bologna Professional Pathways Programme, 2023-24 edition
Developing the next generation of senior professional leaders
16-19 April, 2023 and 18-20 February, 2024
Hosted by the University of Bologna (IT)
- Have you recently been appointed or are on the cusp of becoming a head of administration?
- Are you eager to fast track your knowledge and understanding of the global mega-trends impacting higher education?
- Are you looking for a way to extend your personal competencies to become an even more effective leader?
Then HUMANE’s pathways programme for senior leadership development could help you to make that next big step to be the most senior administrative professional in your university.
Our programme is designed to be an intensive, immersive professional development experience where you will work in multi-disciplinary teams over a period of 10 months.
Click here to learn about the programme.
HUMANE Winter School, Barcelona (ES), 26-31 March, 2023
Leading change in strategy and policy – 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.
University governance, leadership and management in higher education
Major transformations have occurred in the governance of public higher education institutions in the last decades. Universities often have been granted more autonomy from state control to set their own strategic agendas, decide on their governance and manage their own affairs. Yet at the same time new forms of quality control and performance contracts have emerged under which the state is demanding accountability from its universities.
HUMANE carried out a Survey to gain a better understanding of the profound changes in the position of Head of Administration, understood as a generic term to refer to directors of administration, general directors of services (as in France), registrars or clerks (as in the UK), vice-presidents for administrative affairs, kanzlers (as in Germany).
Ukraine HEI information exchange
HUMANE members all around Europe are proactively helping HEI students and staff from Ukraine.
This page is a place for members to share information about initiatives, ideas and experiences. Members can have information uploaded and access the resources with the links provided.