HUMANE, the Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe is an international association whose aims are to build global networks, to foster innovation in higher education services and to drive professional excellence in higher education management. Uniquely, HUMANE supports both the professional development of current executive leaders within the HE sector as well as organisational development through the provision of programmes to promising senior staff.
Its founders envisaged HUMANE as providing a network of ‘senior administrators at the strategic level’, (registrars or equivalent positions and their direct reports), ‘to improve the general understanding of European higher education systems and issues and professional skills of management’. It was proposed that the Network would do this through regular ‘seminars, training on best practice and technological innovation and the enabling opportunities for benchmarking and cooperation between institutions’. Some founders anticipated that HUMANE would also offer members the solidarity, confidentiality and friendship of their peers