Broader Higher Education

EFMD and ESMU logoIn April 2013, the activities of ESMU, the European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities were integrated into EFMD. ESMU worked closely with EU institutions on EU policies and programme development in education.

In more than 20 years ESMU built strong European-wide networks of senior university decision-makers and of high-level experts to address the most cutting-edge issues on leadership, governance and management:

  • HUMANE, the Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe has grown into a powerful professional association of more than 200 members in 23 countries (university directors of administration)
  • Many collaborative university benchmarking exercises were initiated
  • A whole range of senior leadership programmes for university leaders and managers were delivered. The most successful is the annual EFMD (ESMU) – HUMANE European Winter School for senior university managers launched in 2003
  • ESMU provided technical assistance to the European Commission for the management of its major education and training programmes from 1987 to 2005 (COMETT, SOCRATES and LEONARDO programmes).
  • ESMU was involved in numerous projects focusing on EU policy and programmes, working closely with the European Commission, UNESCO and the OECD.

Previous Involvement

2012 Roundtable

In 2012 EFMD organised a high level debate with the European Commission on the importance and the value of management research and management education; the notion of management covering the whole spectrum from operational capabilities to leadership competencies and entrepreneurship. EU funding research instruments are for the time being mainly directed towards the hard sciences and technology. Management as a social science is often underestimated in its importance for the value creation process.

At the European Business Summit in April 2012, EFMD organised a roundtable on this subject with the theme “Management Skills for Growth” in line with the overall Summit theme “Skills for Growth”. This exclusive event took place on 26 April 2012. It was attended by some 30 participants, including senior policy makers and leaders from Business Schools and businesses.

The opening statements of the roundtable were given by:

  • Mr. Adrain Wooldridge, Management Editor, the Economist on Management's role in value creation: are we carrying our weight in Europe? (moving beyond the 3% obsession)
  • Professor Santiago Iniguez, Dean, IE Business School on Why the discipline of Management can make a difference for growth and what it means for management education and research
  • Dr. Alexander Von Gabain, Chairman of the Governing Board, European Institute of Innovation and Technology on Embedding Entrepreneurship in European Programs. The example of the EIT

Dr. Richard Straub, Director of EFMD EU Affairs and Corporate Services, chaired and facilitated the discussion at the roundtable. The following topics were addressed:

  • Management skills and competencies – The blind spot in the European Programmes?
  • How important are management skills and how they can translate research into value?


2013 Workshop

Key stakeholders were invited to join this workshop to discuss the importance of management & entrepreneurial practice and capacity building for future developments in Europe.

Representatives from the European institutions, the community of management education & research, corporations, think tanks and public services officers were invited to join this dialogue. This workshop was the follow-up of the EFMD Round-Table “Management Skills for Growth” conducted by EFMD at the European Business Summit in April 2012.

The following broad themes were addressed:

  • The impact of management practice on future growth in Europe
  • Capacity building in the field of management and entrepreneurship
  • Potential Joint Call to Action to policy-makers
  • Concrete action points for future collaborations of stakeholders in this field

The following questions were debated:

  • Good practices and entrepreneurship education
  • How can Europe become an entrepreneurial society
  • Can we “generate” entrepreneurs and innovation through education
  • How can we build capacity for value creation and innovation in Europe

Other sources


European Commission

European Parliament

Other links

Recent Key EU Communications in education, research and innovation