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


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.

But the reality is a more nuanced picture. Students are involved in manifold forms of political activity that often falls somewhere between ‘political’ activism and civic engagement. Political expression takes varied forms, whether it is 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 across Europe, Australia and South Africa, our seminar at the University of Trento aims to explore how university administrations have gone about adapting to this changing landscape.

A full and detailed programme will be published soon, including social programme arrangements. Note that 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.

Register now to secure your place.

HUMANE Alumni Network Seminar - making your international networks work for you

Making your international networks work for you:
HUMANE's 16th Alumni Network Seminar

If you have personally attended or sent your staff on a HUMANE Residential programme - the Winter School, Summer School or the Asia Pacific School - you've already extended your international HE networks.

Our Alumni Network’s annual seminar provides an ideal opportunity to develop further those networks to your institution’s advantage, as well as the ongoing development of your staff. If you have not already considered attending, or have yet to alert the HUMANE alumni among your staff, please read on!

UniverCity: hidden in plain sight

HUMANE Alumni Network Seminar
Hosted by the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
September 28-29, 2018

We are delighted to welcome you to the 16th HUMANE Alumni Network seminar, "UniverCity: hidden in plain sight", at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole. The seminar will take place on Friday 28 - Saturday 29 September 2018, and is now open for booking, with full details available here.

Anyone who has attended one of HUMANE-EFMD's residential schools is welcome to join us - be it the Summer School in Berlin, the Winter School in Spain, or the Asia-Pacific School in Hong Kong. We are very excited about extending the membership of what was formerly the Winter School Alumni Network (WSAN) to all HUMANE-EFMD residential school participants. Our annual seminar covers a topic of broad interest, whatever your specialist background. You'll meet like-minded senior university professionals, passionate about their work and interested in higher education internationally, who are great fun to hold discussions with and explore a fascinating venue.

We look forward to meeting you in Toulouse to discuss how to measure, enhance and leverage higher education institutions' impact on their cities and the regions surrounding them. We'll be considering universities'

  • Economic impact
  • Urban and architectural impact, including transportation
  • Social and cultural impact

Known traditionally as "la ville rose", Toulouse is a beautiful, cultural and historic university city with over 97,000 students. Today it is also known as a major hub for science and technology, including the HQ of Airbus (which we will be visiting on a tour). Our host university is easily accessible from the city's airport, and by train and bus. The seminar fee is €395, which includes entry to the seminar and tours, plus catering within the seminar programme. You can bring an accompanying person to the social events for €135. Full details are available upon registration.

Come and join us - you'll be very welcome!

Best wishes,

Cécile Chicoye, Jean-Baptiste Hebraud, Stéphane Kojayan (for the Toulouse organising team) Jane Sherwood (HUMANE Alumni Network Chair, Oxford)

Please note that this seminar is offered exclusively to those who have attended a HUMANE-EFMD Residential School and are therefore members of the Alumni Network.

Register now to secure your place.

HUMANE - Information from EUA - 4th Funding Forum, Barcelona, October 18-19

Information from our partner EUA

Frameworks that empower, universities that deliver
Barcelona 18-19 October, 2018

We are pleased to share the following information from our colleagues at EUA about an event that will be of interest to HUMANE members.

In the fourth edition of this biennial event, universities, public authorities and partners come together to exchange on the latest funding trends, opportunities and challenges of university funding.

This year’s Forum will both feature well-known popular formats and step up interaction among participants through a variety of new activities. Expert panels, in plenary, will frame the topics to introduce the discussion. Master classes will provide an up-to-date overview of most recent trends in higher education and research funding. In the Forum “expert rooms”, university leaders and managers and policy-makers will learn from peers. Participants will engage with each other in learning cafés and roundtables. The event, which philosophy can be summarised by “share and learn to grow and improve”, will focus on empowering institutions in financial and economic environments characterised by uncertainty and risk. Policy-makers will have the opportunity to explore reform mechanisms of interest. In a nutshell, the Forum will enrich the perspectives of both institutional leaders and policy-makers engaged in funding reforms and more broadly in change management.

In particular, the Forum will be an opportunity to:

  • find out about the latest evolutions in public funding to universities across Europe and benchmark investment efforts thanks to EUA’s Public Funding Observatory
  • understand the ins and outs of the debate on efficiency and effectiveness in university management, how much HEIs already do about it, and what policies can support their action;
  • upgrade your capacity to master and manage change as a university leader via exclusive training;
  • assess the stakes of the battle for the next generation of EU funding programmes, and prepare your institution in time;
  • meet among decision-makers to identify ingredients for successful reform design and implementation;
  • get new insights on how to develop partnerships that support your missions as an HEI;
  • learn how to communicate around the impact of your HEI on its environment.

Full information can be found here and the programme is available here