HUMANE-EFMD 2019 Winter School for Senior Managers

HUMANE-EFMD Winter School for Senior Managers

2019 Edition, Barcelona, 10-15 March, 2019

Now Open for Applications


We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Winter School. Please use this link.

Throughout Europe, and despite apparent differences between national systems, senior managers in higher education have to deal with very similar issues. The increasing impact and importance of international strategy is a case in point.


The HUMANE-EFMD Winter School develops the leadership potential of talented Senior Managers by making them fully aware of the concepts and practices of strategic management in a European context, and the importance of integrating all areas of academic support, including finance, human resources, governance services, and marketing and communications.


The programme is both participative and intensive, comprising plenary sessions and practical work in small groups. All participants are encouraged to discuss the experience of their own institutions. The working language is English, but presenters are very used to dealing with various levels of English language proficiency.


The Winter School focuses on leadership and management skills in the context of the “big picture” of global higher education.

Participants will gain experience in making informed choices in decision-making in relation to strategic issues. The Winter School uses the experience of HUMANE and EFMD members to give unique first-hand insight into complex institutional changes. The geographical and cultural spread of our members ensure that this discussion is not system-specific.


The Winter School is designed for talented fast-rising managers of administrative services, many of whom will be aspiring to become heads of administration. The typical candidate will be someone who has the potential to become an influential senior manager in higher education. Candidates may be either generalists or specialists, but will have an ambition to broaden their management responsibilities in the institution. All applicants need to be nominated by their institutional head of administration and a HUMANE/EFMD School Steering Committee makes a final decision on applications.

Application criteria

Applicants must provide the following:

  • A one page statement describing their qualifications and why they are interested in attending the Winter School, explaining how it will benefit their institution and their personal development
  • A one to two page curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from their head of administration

The website for applications is now open.

The number of participants is limited to 40. Applicants will know whether their application has been successful by the first half of December 2018.

Funding Opportunities

Universities and Business Schools may also wish to explore travel funding opportunities from the EU for training activities (for more information, please check the Erasmus + Programme guide)

Application Deadline

Applications can be made until 31 October 2018.


The programme will be available soon on the website.

Practical Information

Dates and venue

The 2019 edition of the HUMANE-EFMD Winter School will be co-organised and hosted by the UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona and will take place in Barcelona (ES) on the 10-15 March 2019.


The fee for the week-long course will be €3,750 for HUMANE or EFMD members (plus VAT if applicable). It includes fees for tuition, all documentation and accommodation but excludes travel costs.


Accommodation is included in the fee and will be in a hotel in Barcelona.

2019 Winter School Website and Leaflet

Website and leaflet

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to fill in the online application form
For further information please contact Cécilia Heidelberger

Making positive change happen: organisational turnaround at the University of Padova - HUMANE Study Visit - November 25-27

HUMANE 2018 Study Visits

University of Padova, November 25-27

Making positive change happen: organisational turnaround at the University of Padova


How do you go about achieving lasting change in one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning, the Università degli Studi di Padova?

Despite being a member of the Coimbra Group, the network of ancient research universities which includes the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Salamanca, Jena, Leuven and Leiden, Padova is not immune from the pressures of international competition, funding constraints and the relentless drive for greater efficiency, or the need cultural renewal.

It is against this background that HUMANE member and Director General of the University of Padova, Alberto Scuttari, has embarked upon a programme to transform the administration and management of this venerable institution.

As a comprehensive university with: circa 60,000 students; a technical-administrative staff of circa 2,500 employees; an academic staff of about 2,500; multiple sites spread over the Veneto region; a host of research centres, science and technology hubs affiliated with the University; a university hospital, museums, libraries and halls of residence, the scope of the transformation is immense, as is the scale of the changes needed.

The approach Alberto and his senior colleagues have taken has been to emphasise the power of taking positive action to achieve systemic cultural change for the benefit of Padova’s students, staff and other stakeholders.

The Padova Study Visit provides a wonderful opportunity to investigate how the University has embraced the need for transformational change, the methods it is using to achieve its objectives, the successes they have achieved and the lessons learned so far.

The study visit will be an intensive one and a half day engagement, with informal networking opportunities and plenty of opportunity for participative group work and discussion, taking place in one of Europe’s most beautiful university cities.

The programme has been designed to allow participants to learn about our host’s lessons learned as well as their successes; and for the hosts to learn from participants, particularly during the structured feedback sessions.

Register now to secure a place - this is a popular programme with a limit of maximum 20 participants.

Visit our website for information on the full 2018 programme of events.

HUMANE Autumn Seminar - Politics, protest and engagement. University of Trento (IT), 8-9 November 2018

Politics, protest and engagement: working with a changing landscape of student activism in the 21st century

HUMANE Autumn Seminar
November 8-9, 2018
Hosted by the University of Trento


While sit-ins, marches and clashes with authorities are still features of student activism, only a tiny proportion of the student body in most universities are involved in this kind of political activity.

The reality of contemporary student activism is more nuanced. Students are involved in manifold forms of political activity that often falls somewhere between ‘political’ activism and civic engagement. Political expression takes many and varied forms, from activism aimed at changing university governance, partnering with extra-institutional campaigns such as Fossil Free, or participating in student union/university administered social enterprises and volunteering programmes. And a small proportion of students are being radicalised by extremist groups.

With contributing speakers from Italy, France, Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, as well as student activists, our seminar at the University of Trento aims to explore how university administrations have gone about adapting to this changing landscape. The programme will be of interest to heads of administration as well as their key colleagues involved in managing student affairs.

The programme includes a short tour of the MUSE - the Trento Science Museum, where a drinks reception will also be held.

The HUMANE Dinner will be in the spectacular ‘Big Void’ of the museum.

The seminar will be held from midday Thursday 8 to midday Friday 9 November, allowing participants to travel home for the weekend, or stay over for the weekend in the beautiful alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.

Practical information about travel and accommodation can be viewed here. Verona is the closest airport linked by fast and frequent trains to Trento, about 60 minutes away.

Register now to secure your place.