What our past participants say about their Professional Pathways Programme experience….
Head, Budgeting and Budget Management, Freie Universität Berlin
“The Professional Pathways Programme was a wonderful experience for me and I think for all the other participants, too. The programme’s aim to enable professionals “to think about the big issues facing higher education” in our world was achieved. Not least because of the atmosphere of the historic, old city of Utrecht, the fantastic host (and the host institution) – and the very inspiring speakers for this programme were a big highlight. Ian Creagh framed this workshop with his expert advice and empirical knowledge in an especially valuable way. In this short period, there was also space and time to learn some important things about myself in the improvisation theatre with the wonderful and gorgeous María J. Redondo. I am very thankful for that. To get to know other professionals from European universities was a very valuable experience.”!”
Head of Finance, EM Strasbourg Business School
“New in my job as Head of Finance of a Business School in France, I was looking for an international group of finance people in order to benchmark and to exchange experiences. The Pathways Programme was the perfect answer to my needs. The seminar was structured with the first part on macroeconomics presented by high profiled professionals. This first part helped us to see the big picture. Then, the second part was brainstorming in groups, upon themes we discussed previously. Finally, a very surprising improv theater session. At first very disturbing for introverted financial people, but in the end, a good way to think out of the box and to show the creativity of each of us.”
Deputy Director- Edinburgh Global, University of Edinburgh
“The Programme was particularly helpful for the diversity of perspectives and experience – not just a representative line-up of speakers, but each one sharing individual reflections and stepping beyond what I had expected them to say. It was also good to have an opportunity to explore, with colleagues from an impressive range of different institutions, the connections between higher education administration and the real life impact of universities. I was helped to get well and truly outside of my box and feel I came away with more than expected from a Professional Pathways Programme