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The Challenge of Change - HUMANE Autumn Seminar - University of Bordeaux, November 7-8

The challenge of change: changing models and methods for the management of transformational change in contemporary higher education
University of Bordeaux, France
November 7-8, 2019

Whether seeking gains in institutional efficiency, responding to shifts in policy and financing, or improving competitive academic advantage, many European universities are initiating strategic transformation programmes.

But the research evidence over the past 20 or more years consistently shows that about 70 per cent of all transformation programmes in all sectors fail to meet their objectives.

The key ingredients of strategic change in universities are not in dispute: effective leadership; a clear vision for a future operating model; and an aligned institutional culture. But the method to achieve sustainable change is much less clear, with institutions having invested in various sophisticated change management methods and models to guide their transformation programmes.

Our seminar aims to explore and share experiences of these developments, covering themes that include:

  • evidence of what’s worked, what’s failed and what’s worth trying again
  • convergence and divergence of methods and approaches in the public and private sectors
  • using expert external and internal consultants to support transformation programmes, and
  • transformation sponsorship, leadership and followership.

With inputs from a range of institutions as well as those with experience of other sectors, our seminar presents a unique opportunity to share experience and network with an international audience of HE professionals grappling with how best to manage the ‘challenge of change’.

Register now to secure your place for what promises to be an engaging and innovative seminar. Residential School Alumni are welcome at all HUMANE events.

Developments in innovation leadership at Aalto University - HUMANE Study Visit - October 27-29

Innovation Leadership at Aalto University
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
October 27-29, 2019

HUMANE and Aalto University are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for HUMANE’s autumn study visit: developments in innovation leadership at Aalto University.

Innovation and innovation management has been at the core of Aalto University’s academic strategy from its beginnings.

Founded in 2010, Aalto was given a national mission to strengthen the innovation capacity of Finland through first-class research, art and education.

It styles itself as a place where "science and art meet technology and business”.

How does an institution with such a mission, and mandate, go about the business of managing innovation? In particular, how is it managing issues such as:

  • weaving innovation into the fabric of the University’s wider strategy,
  • the balance of emphasis between conventional research excellence and innovation
  • stimulating collaboration with partners inside and outside of HE
  • IP management, protection, commercialisation and the distribution of benefits, and
  • the management of risk.

Commencing with a convivial dinner on the evening before the study visit, the programme takes place over two days and has been shaped around three half day sessions:

  • the management and internal regulation of the innovation process at Aalto,
  • the evolution and future development of the Aalto innovation ecosystem, and
  • the role of students in Aalto’s approach to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Participants will have plenty of opportunity to engage informally with Aalto staff and, as with all of our events, the learning will be two-way, with participants encouraged to share their institutional experiences with our hosts, as well as other participants.

Register here to secure your place for what will be a fascinating study visit to a young institution, with a clear, bold strategy to differentiate itself from its competitors.

Residential School Alumni are welcome at all HUMANE events.

The Shanghai Transnational Partnerships School - 17-22 November, 2019

17-22 November 2019
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

HUMANE and our strategic partner EFMD, are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the Shanghai Transnational Partnerships School. Developed in collaboration with one of China’s most prestigious and internationally active universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, our School provides senior and middle managers with a unique international learning experience. Participants will gain insight into the spectrum of strategic partnerships operating in some of China’s most internationally focussed universities in Shanghai and nearby to China's most international metropolis.

The programme provides an opportunity to visit and discuss strategies with senior leaders of international partnerships in institutions such as Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, Tongji University, South Eastern University and the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

You will learn about the genesis of these institutions’ approaches to international partnership, key strategic partnerships currently in place, the big challenges they face in making the most of investments in these partnerships, as well as the future opportunities they want to exploit in pursuing the next stage of their academic strategy. You will also be exposed to other senior experts from outside higher education with deep experience of joint ventures with Chinese organisations.

The programme will be intensive to make the best use of limited time, but it will also be conducted informally with an emphasis on discussion and engagement with institutional hosts, as well as peer learning among a multi-national participant audience. Directors of operations/administration/finance; Directors of International Offices, External Relations, Institutional Planning & Strategy, Strategic Partnerships or comparable roles, as well as managers with responsibility for delivering joint venture projects will all benefit from attending this programme.

We anticipate that the programme will be extremely popular so register here to secure a place. You can also download the School brochure here.

Supporting and creating impact: new challenges & opportunities for research and innovation management - HUMANE Annual Conference - Munich, June 14-15

Supporting and creating impact: new challenges and opportunities for research and innovation management
HUMANE Annual Conference
Hosted by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
June 14-15, 2019

Research and innovation management has become so much more complicated, and interesting, with the advent of the impact agenda.

The idea of impact might be understood using different terms, pursued with differences in emphasis and at different speeds, and influenced by country-specific policy dilemmas. But impact or social and economic contribution, is a hot topic debated by funders and policy makers across Europe.

Why Attend?
As these developments are international in character, it is crucial to remain informed of these global trends and developments.

But also, what’s happening about the impact of impact on institutional research management and support operations? What are the new skills and capabilities that are needed?

And what are the new forms and style of leadership needed to manage cross-functional support in areas such as public engagement? What about developments in ICT, data management, capture and reporting?

Our conference is also a great networking opportunity, taking place in mid-summer in the historic surroundings of our host institution, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Who should attend?
Heads of administration and management and their equivalent; directors of research management, communications, external affairs and public affairs, strategy, and information systems and data management, will all benefit from attendance at the conference.

Key programme themes
International policy trends and future directions in impact/social and economic contribution; implications for research and innovation strategy management and governance; the impact of impact on research management organisation, skills and capabilities; managing institutional impact, alongside research and innovation impact. See the programme here.

We’re assembling a diverse and distinguished group of big picture, as well as institutional leadership and management speakers from different systems and universities around Europe. Keynote speakers include:

Robert-Jan Smits
Chairman of Eindhoven University of Technology’s Board and Former Director General of Research and Innovation at the European Commission

Ann Fust
Executive Director of the Swedish Research Council

Prof. Heikki Mannila
President of the Academy of Finland, the funding body for scientific research in Finland

David Sweeney
Executive Chairman of Research England

Prof. Luc Soete
Former Rector Magnificus Maastricht University

Register here to secure your place.

HUMANE-EFMD Summer School - Transforming Higher Education Professional Services - Berlin, September 15-20, 2019

Looking to develop the higher education leadership and management skills amongst your senior staff?
HUMANE - EFMD Summer School
2019 edition

Applications are now open for the ever popular HUMANE and EFMD annual Summer SchoolTransforming Higher Education Professional Services". Once again it will be delivered at the iconic Freie University Berlin on September 15-20, 2019.

For more detailed information, visit our Summer School website.

Run as an intensive residential programme for middle and senior managers directly involved in – or aspiring to be part of - transformation programmes, the Summer School aims to deliver a game-changing learning experience for its participants.

The programme is designed as a dynamic, hands-on learning experience, with practical case-based teamwork a central feature of the programme design. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the different models and approaches which are critical to the decision-making and execution processes when leading and managing transformation programmes. And you'll be learning and working in a vibrant, multi-national team of university professionals from across Europe, as well as from countries further afield.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn from leading experts and practitioners, and to enhance your international professional networks! Click here to read what past participants have to say about the Summer School.

The Summer School is now open for online applications.

Please complete the online application form, where applicants will be asked to submit:

  • A one-page statement describing their interests and background
  • A short curriculum vitae of no more than two pages
  • A letter of support from the head of administration or the equivalent senior managers.

Apply here for the HUMANE-EFMD Summer School – Deadline: 15 May 2019

For further information contact the Schools Coordinator Cécilia Heidelberger, or visit the HUMANE website.