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Autumn 2019

Welcome from the Chair 

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to the Autumn 2019 eNewsletter. As you will see, it is a very full edition mirroring the diverse range of HUMANE activities over the next few months.

We have included a short summary on our recent survey which asked for your feedback on future HUMANE events. Three newly formed steering committees have already started putting your suggestions into action. You can read more below about the steering committees who will be using the survey results to design next year's programmes. 

It is extremely pleasing to see how the Berlin Residential School goes from strength to strength. Three years after being introduced, the HUMANE-EFMD Summer School is now truly cemented into the HUMANE calendar. Reports below from three participants of the Class of 2019 demonstrate how successful and well-received the programme is.

One oft-mentioned request from colleagues has been to publicise our events earlier. With this in mind, we have included dates and locations for most of next year's events in our What's On column. I am sure there will be something to tempt everyone. Further details will be included on our website and in future newsletters.

Last but not least, congratulations to the winner of our Survey draw for a free 2020 seminar place: Merle Rodenburg from Eindhoven University of Technology.

I hope you enjoy our latest newsletter and I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

Esa Hämäläinen

Final chance to register for our exciting Autumn programmes in Brussels, Aalto, Bordeaux and Shanghai.
See details below.
Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University,  the focus of the School is Managing International Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education. The Shanghai programme will be an intensive, immersive learning experience for managers involved in strategic east-west partnerships. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to extend their global networks and to learn first-hand of the rapid evolution of one of the world’s great education cities. 
For more information
Download the TPS brochure
Programme
To apply for the Transnational Partnerships School

Hosted by Aalto University, this intensive two-day programme will examine developments in innovation leadership. When founded, the University was given a national mission to strengthen the innovative capacity of Finland and it is now a place where “where science and art meet technology and business”. SV participants will have many opportunities to interact with Aalto staff to understand what’s driving their innovation strategy, the challenges in implementing their current strategy, and what big opportunities they see on the horizon.

For more information
Programme
To register

The discussion topic for this year's Alumni Network seminar is A European Higher Education Area? From vision to action!  Hosted by Vrije Universiteit Brussel,  the 2019 seminar will explore the key challenges of the current EU agenda on higher education and how to turn strategy into actions and deliverable plans. The programme offers a well-balanced mix of inspirational speakers and group discussions and a policy-focused visit to the European Commission.

For more information
Programme
To register
The challenge of change:
changing models and methods for the management of transformational change in contemporary higher education

Hosted by the University of Bordeaux, this engaging and innovative seminar aims to explore and share experiences of institutions who have invested in sophisticated change management methods and models in implementing their strategic change programmes. The programme will be highly participative, with inputs from a range of HE institutions as well as other industry sectors.

For more information
Programme
To register

Many thanks to everyone who completed the survey.  We had a great response from colleagues and some terrific feedback.  The responses indicate a keen interest in seeing the evolution of the HUMANE programme to support an internationally-facing association which embraces professional excellence, continuous innovation and fostering the next generation of HE leaders. 

In order to fully take advantage of your feedback, three Steering Committees have recently been formed and came together for the first time as a joint team in Rome on 7 October. There was a wonderful chemistry between members, all of whom are very committed to further improving the HUMANE offer.  They are now considering the survey results carefully and will use them to guide the future design of the Professional Pathways and Annual Conference programmes 

Many thanks also to our Steering Committees which have been convened by Giuseppe Colpani, Marianna Bom and Alberto Scuttari with wonderful engagement from other committee members.


Two key findings from the survey relate to the focus and balance of the Pathways programme and the design and content of the HUMANE Annual Conference.

Firstly, survey participants were asked where the focus should be in Professional Pathways Programmes and to quantify the distribution of focus between functions and skills/competencies. As you see, while those preferring a Skills bias in the PPPs are in the majority (almost 60% of respondents), there is still a sizeable proportion who prefer the balance tipped towards Functions.  The Steering Committees will be mindful of the diverse views when developing the programmes.

Q7  'In striking a balance, I would like to see a distribution of focus on functions and skills/competencies as follows':

Secondly, when asked about preferences for the Annual Conference content, there was somewhat more consensus.  For example,  almost 70% of respondents wanted 20-30% of conference time spent on personal development and more than 60% wanted 30-40% of conference time devoted equally to both HE issues and management challenges.

Q16  What is the optimal balance between a focus on management challenges, higher education issues and personal development (eg. 30/40/30), for future conference programmes?

We have included links to the full survey report below as well as to a short presentation summarising the responses.
2019 HUMANE Survey results
2019 Survey summary presentation

We hope to be able to offer - for a third year - a Sustainability and Social Responsibility programme. The programme will be a combination of a study visit and an intensive - and participative - 2.5 day seminar. Presented by diverse groups of experts, our previous programmes have provided concrete examples of how sustainability has become a core element of strategic planning and day-to-day management for universities.

Presentations from this year's Sustainability Summit at Utrecht University can be viewed here
The newly formed Professional Pathways Programmes Steering Committee met earlier this month and is reviewing the PPP design and content based on feedback received from the 2019 survey and evaluations from previous PPPs. New programmes will be advertised as soon as possible after the Committee has finalised our strategy for future PPP events.
Hosted by the Freie University Berlin, the popular and highly successful HUMANE-EFMD Summer School focuses on “Transforming Higher Education Professional Services".  The Class of 2019 comprised 32 participants, representing 11 countries across two hemispheres - such diversity is one of the benefits that people continue to value above all else. This year's programme had some new and novel features including a session where Salsa Dancing was used as a metaphor to explore the complex nature of responsive leadership…and active followership in multi-disciplinary teams guiding transformational change.

We have included comprehensive reports from three of the School's participants below.




Dirk Jansen


Professional Services Manager
Monash University

"I thoroughly enjoyed attending the 2019 HUMANE-EFMD Summer School in Berlin. The program was varied and interesting with guest speakers from all over Europe. The topic ‘Transforming Higher Education Professional Services’ was so relevant for my role at Monash University and it is not often you get to spend a whole week exploring change leadership from different perspectives and learning a variety of models and approaches. Listening to different case studies provided a practical look at how other Universities are responding to the increasing pace of change and it allowed us to apply some of our learnings through real scenarios.

On a more personal note, it was great to meet and network with other leaders from different Universities across Europe and Australia and everyone had a great time studying and working together. The Freie Universität was a perfect host for the week and Berlin as a city which has undergone major transformation was an inspiring location to remove yourself from the daily routine and objectively look at change management. Our hosts and organisers went out of their way to make us feel welcome and created an interesting and interactive program which was challenging and fun at the same time. I highly recommend the summer school and hope I get the opportunity to attend again in the future."



 
Gioia Lovison


Director,
Communications Office
University of Padova

 
"The HUMANE-EFMD Summer School in Berlin was my first experience with the HUMANE community and I am very pleased to say that it was inspiring, challenging, hard and complex as the main theme was: making "the change" stick.

We worked hard to investigate the reasons why many European universities' strategic transformation programmes fail. For six days, in plenary sessions, we listened to several speakers from European and Australian Universities and other public institutions; we used their presentations to analyse why a considerable change is so difficult to put into practice. We worked also in small groups on case studies and attended dynamic workshops too, like the Salsa class on leadership and followership. It was extremely eye-opening to explore my personal leadership and followership style while dancing Salsa and “feeling the rhythm,” as the presenter invited us to do.

I appreciated the way the programme put on the table new ideas on how to adapt change methods used in other business sectors. I took with me many lessons I would like to apply to my current working situation at the University of Padua! The success of a transformation programme is based on the work of committed, trained and rewarded people; it is of the utmost importance to share a clear and simple vision with them; it is also essential to promote a collaboration culture at all levels, not to mention the necessary time to realize all these actions!"

David Meech Mazumdar

Manager, Strategic Planning & Development
London School of Economics
"The HUMANE – EFMD Summer School in Berlin was a fantastic opportunity to hear from professionals in higher education and other related sectors about the challenges involved in transformation programmes. It also provided a platform to discuss real life cases and work on these with colleagues from across Europe and Australia, putting into practice knowledge gained on methodology from the various presenters, whilst making our own recommendations based on the research we carried out in our groups.

The programme was very intensive, which gave a real sense of urgency with the need to stop, think and reflect ever present, but we also learnt how dance can mirror leadership and followership, whilst ensuring that we took care to see the bigger picture through an art task.

I took a lot away from the Summer School including the importance of team work and clear communication throughout the process. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know colleagues from other universities, countries and cultures who experience very similar challenges. Meeting others who are dealing with similar issues at work is invaluable in helping to unlock problems and find solutions together which happened on a number of occasions throughout the week.

I would thoroughly recommend this programme to any HE professional who is involved in a transformation programme, as the knowledge and skills you take away will bring structure and substance to the work that you do in ensuring that change is the new status quo."

Esa Hämäläinen
Chairman of HUMANE
Director of Administration
University of Helsinki
 
WHAT'S ON

in 2019

 


17th ANNUAL ALUMNI NETWORK SEMINAR


A EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION AREA?
FROM VISION TO ACTION


25-26 October 2019

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Brussels (BE)


 
For more information
Programme
Further information from VUB
To register
For more information on the Alumni Network
List of topics covered in previous years can be viewed here


AUTUMN 2019
STUDY VISIT


DEVELOPMENTS IN INNOVATION  LEADERSHIP AT AALTO UNIVERSITY 

27-29 October 2019

Espoo, Helsinki (FI)


 
For more information
Programme
To register
Practical information
For more information
Programme
To register
Practical information


HUMANE-EFMD

THE TRANSNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS SCHOOL

MANAGING INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN HIGHER EDUCATION


17-22 November 2019

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CN) 


 
For more information
Programme
To register
Download the 2019 Transnational Partnerships School brochure
Further information from EFMD here
 
WHAT'S ON

in 2020

 


HUMANE-EFMD
WINTER SCHOOL


DEVELOPING THE LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL OF SENIOR UNIVERSITY MANAGERS

15-20 March 2020


UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Barcelona (ES)



 
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

DON'T MISS OUT


 
For more information
Programme
Apply now here for the 2020 Winter School
Download the 2020 Winter School brochure
Further information from EFMD here


SPRING 2020
SEMINAR


TOPIC TO BE CONFIRMED

26-27 March 2020

Warsaw School of Economics (PL)

 


SPRING 2020

STUDY VISIT & JOINT SEMINAR WITH AUSTRALIAN HEADS OF ADMINISTRATION

14-17 April 2020

Australian Catholic University
Sydney (AU)


 


HUMANE ANNUAL CONFERENCE


TOPIC TO BE CONFIRMED

29-30 May 2020

University of Lisbon
(PT)


 


HUMANE-EFMD
SUMMER SCHOOL


TRANSFORMING HIGHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

27 September -
2 October 2020

Freie Universität  Berlin
(DE)


 


AUTUMN 2020
SEMINAR


TOPIC TO BE CONFIRMED

5-6 November 2020

Collège de France
Paris (FR)


 


HUMANE-EFMD

THE TRANSNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP SCHOOL

DEVELOPING THE LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL OF ASIA-PACIFIC AND EUROPEAN LEADERS AND MANAGERS

Mid-November 2020

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CN) 


 

Generally, HUMANE has one primary contact person in a member institution, usually  the head of administration or equivalent. 

However, other staff in member institutions often participate in HUMANE events (such as residential schools, professional pathway programmes or seminars) and these staff have told us they prefer to receive information directly from HUMANE.  In order to expand the reach of HUMANE within member institutions, we have created a webpage on how to receive HUMANE events information and links for signing up.

How to receive information about HUMANE events
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In the 2019 HUMANE Survey, one the most common points of interest raised by respondents concerned diversity and inclusion. With that in mind, we have included this humorous and entertaining TED Talk from Bergen which looks at diversity, perceptions, unintentional misunderstandings and how cultures coexist.

 


Cross
Cultural Communication 

 
Pellegrino Riccardi (19:58miin)


Pellegrino Riccardi was born of Italian parents, grew up in Britain and has lived in Norway with his family for 27 years. In this presentation, he takes a stroll around Europe playing light-heartedly with stereotypes looking at how our conditioning affects how we interpret others behavours and communication. He speaks of  his experience of working across national borders and how he navigates  through different codes of 'what is accepted and familiar'. The ability to dig below the surface to find out what the underlying values within a particular culture are, is critical to understanding that culture. 

Finally, for any of us who have attempted to interpret the parking rules of another country, Riccardi's tale of lateral thinking in Amalfi could be an imaginative approach to contemplate.



 


We hope you have enjoyed our Autumn newsletter. We do welcome any articles, links, or news items that you think would be of interest to other members.

Similarly, if there are any features you would like to be added to the newsletter, let us know. Please get in touch with your suggestions at
feedback@humane.eu  

Finally, if you'd like to host a seminar or study visit, please do get in touch!

 
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