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Throughout Europe, and despite apparent differences between national systems, senior managers in higher education have to deal with very similar issues. The increasing impact of EU policies in higher education reinforce this common interest. The top managers of tomorrow will be those who understand the global environment and can capitalise on opportunities for development.


The EFMD - HUMANE Winter School aims to develop the leadership potential of talented Senior Managers by making them fully aware of:

  • The concepts and practices of strategic management in a European context;
  • The importance of integrating academic matters, finances, human resources, governance, leadership and communication strategy in the elaboration of university strategy.


The Winter School focuses on leadership skills and the “big picture” of management (how to identify and implement necessary changes). Throughout the week participants work on a case resolution on the internationalisation strategy of a University. The context of university life and the developing scene across Europe provide a unifying thread – this is not just “yet another” management course.


The programme is highly intensive, including plenary sessions and practical work in small groups. Participants are encouraged to discuss the situation of their own institutions. The working language is English, but presenters are well used to dealing with various levels of language proficiency.

Who can apply ?

The Winter School is designed for talented fast-rising managers of administration or services, some of who might become heads of administration. The typical candidate will be someone who has the potential to become an influential senior manager and/or head of administration in the future but who at this moment may not be a deputy or senior colleague. Candidates may be an expert or a specialist with the potential to broaden responsibility and move in due course to a senior management position.

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

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Applicants must during application provide:

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

The number of participants is limited to 40. Applicants will know whether their application has been successful in the beginning of December 2018.

The fee is € 3.750 + VAT for applicants from member universities of EFMD and/or HUMANE. If your institution is not a member, please contact us for more information.

Funding Opportunities

  • Universities and Business Schools may wish to explore travel funding opportunities from the EU for training activities (for more information, please check the Erasmus + Programme guide)

If you are interested in the 2019 Winter School and would like more information, please visit the dedicated webpage or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information in the brochure (PDF).