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The Barcelona Winter School

Leading change in strategy and policy – Internationalisation

March 23-28, 2025

Hosted by UPF-BSM

Barcelona School of Management, University Pompeu Fabra

Specific goals 

The Winter School develops the leadership capability of senior managers on the core theme of managing changes in strategy and policy.  The case material focusses on internationalisation strategy and policy choices and approaches, and their implications for professional services across faculties, schools and central support departments.   

Programme Pillars

Thematic Sessions on internationalisation trends, impact assessment, strategy, governance and management

Practising strategy appraisal and formulation

Exercising leadership & collaboration skills around case studies, and the communication skills needed to enact change

Programme themes 

  • Global sector trends and the implications of globalisation for higher education institutions   
  • Governance, leadership and management models in higher education
    • Strategic and Change Management
    • Communication: Leadership and followership
    • Financial Management
    • Digitalisation

Programme delivery 

These themes are developed through strategic conversations with highly experienced leaders and managers in higher education, practical casework and highly interactive team building sessions. Click on the tab below to view the full programme.

The first part of the programme will involve an online session, with a significant emphasis on working in teams. By the time participants arrive at the Barcelona School of Management, UPF, on March 17, 2024, for the residential component of the programme, your multi-national teams will be fully functional.

Throughout the week of the residential programme, participants will continue to work on the case studies in their teams, as well as attending plenary sessions delivered by experienced, senior higher education leaders.

School Fee

The fee for the week-long programme in 2025 will be announced shortly. HUMANE Member institutions benefit from a reduced rate. It includes fees for tuition, all documentation and accommodation in a central Barcelona hotel but excludes travel costs. Non HUMANE Members may apply if they meet the following criteria: they are from a higher education institution that delivers degree programmes in at least two of the three Bologna cycles (BA, MA, doctorate). The Secretariat will apply the correct rate.

Erasmus+ offers travel support for higher education administrative staff. Further information is available here.
Applications are managed through the institutions Erasmus + Coordinator, usually attached to the international office. The Winter School regularly has participants making use of this opportunity.

Get news about the 2025 edition

The 2025 Winter School will take place on March 23-28. Applications will open in the summer of 2024.

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