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HUMANE-EFMD 2020 Winter School for Senior Managers

15 Marzo 2020

Barcelona Winter School
Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), 15-20 March, 2020

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Winter School.

Universities seeking competitive advantage in the global higher education market can’t rely on national frameworks alone. The pace and nature of change may be different between national systems, but the imperative to adapt is the same for all institutions. Tomorrow’s top managers will be those who understand universities’ global context, have access to active international networks and have the skills to enable their institutions to seize opportunities for future success.


The key benefits of participating in the Winter School are:

  • you will develop your leadership capabilities by working in multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams over the course of the week;
  • you and your institution will gain access to an international network of like-minded, talented future senior higher education managers;
  • you will learn from expert speakers and peers about overcoming the challenges of managing policy and strategy change in universities; and
  • you will learn about the critical importance of aligning services with academic strategy.

Format and Content

Teamwork, peer learning and active engagement with a culturally diverse group of participants and speakers are the key themes amplified via the format and content of the Winter School.

The programme is both immersive and intensive, with participants grouped into teams. Each team does a deep dive on an institutional case study to demonstrate contrasting approaches to effecting successful international strategy and policy change. Teamwork sessions are balanced with plenary sessions conducted by expert speakers on a variety of topics relevant to the School’s themes. The working language is English, but presenters are skilled at dealing with various levels of English language proficiency.

Click here further details and here to download the Winter School brochure.
The programme is available here.


The Winter School is designed for talented fast-rising managers of professional services, many of whom will be aspiring to senior institutional leadership. Managers of specialist areas who are seeking to broaden their experience, as well as general managers of academic operations in schools/faculties will all benefit from participation in the Winter School. All applicants must be nominated by their institutional head of administration/or equivalent. A HUMANE/EFMD Steering Committee makes a final decision on applications up to a maximum of 35 people.

Application criteria

Applicants must provide the following:

  • A brief statement, definitely no longer than one page, describing their motivations for attending the Winter School, explaining how it will benefit their institution and their personal development;
  • A one to two page curriculum vitae of their qualifications and experience;
  • A brief letter of support from their head of administration/or equivalent to demonstrate institutional support for the application.

Funding Opportunities

Institutions may also wish to explore travel funding opportunities from the EU for training activities, such as the the Erasmus + Programme.

Application Deadline

Applications can be made until 15 November 2019.


The fee for the week-long programme will be €3,790 for HUMANE or EFMD members (plus VAT if applicable). It includes fees for tuition, all documentation and accommodation in a central Barcelona hotel but excludes travel costs.

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to fill in the online application form
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