Asia-Pacific School

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International strategic partnerships between institutions of higher education (HE) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and Europe are becoming increasingly complex, operating across different nation states, cultures, public and private sectors. Many involve third party stakeholders and sponsors.

It is not always smooth sailing - the short and long term benefits are not always as expected; the value for institutions (universities/business schools), the development of education programme portfolios (e.g. bachelor, master, etc…) and the clear link with the internationalisation strategy of a country is not always obvious.

There is a strong case for greater understanding of the critical success factors in managing sustainable ‘future-proof’ APAC/European strategic partnerships and for finding answers to key questions such as:

  • How are strategic alliances and partnerships built and managed in higher education?
  • How do they evolve and mature?
  • What are the different models and the pitfalls?
  • How well are the potential reputational and financial risks assessed?
  • How are risks/opportunities identified and managed – on a collaborative and institutional level?
  • What does the future hold for such partnerships in the digital era?


The School aims to develop the leadership potential of Senior HE Managers involved in major APAC and European strategic partnerships. During the programme, they will learn about:

  • the range of models and types of partnerships that exist (at programme or institutional level, branch campuses);
  • the governance and management approaches associated with strategic partnerships, including frameworks for assessing risk and ensuring quality;
  • the impact of global strategic partnerships on professional services in universities (e.g. HR, IT, Finance).


The programme is designed around the following key themes:

  • Global and other geopolitical changes in higher education
  • Decision-making processes
  • Institutional Brand management
  • Student engagement
  • Risk management (reputation, finances)
  • Quality assurance

Participants will gain experience in making informed choices during decision-making processes for large partnerships.

The Asia-Pacific School leverages the combined experience of EFMD and HUMANE, offering unique insight into generic issues and challenges as well as access to examples from a wide range of different national higher education systems across Europe and further afield.


The programme is intensive, based on an experiential learning approach. It will combine plenary sessions with practical teamwork. It includes in-depth study of contrasting approaches taken from across Europe and the APAC region.

Case studies are used throughout the week, and participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own institutions to feed into the discussions.

The language of the programme is English. Our facilitators are experienced in working with audiences from diverse linguistic backgrounds.

Who can apply?

The School is a residential programme for fast track Middle to Senior-level Managers in higher education from across the APAC region and Europe.

Applicants are nominated by their own head of administration, their dean or equivalent in their organisation. They are selected by an EFMD- HUMANE panel with extensive experience of leadership management development programmes.

Application criteria

Applicants must during application provide:

  • A one page statement describing their qualifications and why they are interested in this Asia-Pacific School
  • A one (or maximum two) page curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from their head of administration or equivalent senior manager

The number of participants is limited to 30. Applicants will know whether their application has been successful in the beginning of July 2018.

The fee is € 3.515 for applicants from member universities of EFMD and/or HUMANE. If your institution is not a member, please contact us for more information.

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More information in the brochure (PDF)