HUMANE Berlin Summer School 2021: Transforming Higher Education Professional Services, Germany


April 29, 2021


HUMANE Berlin Summer School 2021: Transforming Higher Education Professional Services

HUMANE, Europe’s international network for higher education professionals, opened the registrations for the Berlin Summer School 2021, “Transforming Higher Education Professional Services”.

The 2021 programme will be delivered in a hybrid format, with four compact online sessions held between May and September. Then, the presential part of the Summer School starts at the premises of EUA member Freie Universität Berlin from 19 to 24 September.

The HUMANE Summer School develops the leadership capability of senior managers in higher education involved in large transformation programmes by exposing them to different management and examples from within higher education as well as other sectors.\

2021 Berlin Summer School Programme

Online Sessions

Date & time
Session title Focus and objectives
Wednesday 12 May
12.00 to 12.30
Introduction to the Summer School
  • Programme objectives, pedagogic shape and assessment
  • Programme themes: Case studies (achieving strategic change); teams and teamwork; leadership and followership
  • Getting the most from your Winter School experience
  • Explanation of participant team roles
12.30 to 13.30 S.1.2
Introduction to your teams
  • MS Teams channels
  • Awareness of teams multi-cultural/national character; impacts on team communications and performance
Thursday 27 May
12.00 to 12.45
Leadership & followership
  • From inhibitors (to team performance) to team strengths and competence gaps
  • How to use and not to use the MTRI tool
  • Framework for out-of-session discussions
12.45 to 13.30 S2.2
Achieving sustainable changes in strategy and policy
  • Introduction to core underlying School theme: how to achieve sustainable strategic change
  • To refresh understanding of pre-reading material (Rumelt and Kotter frameworks)
  • Follow-up work required and link to the School tasks
Wednesday 9 June
12.00 to 12.45
Transformation: programme design
  • Link between strategy development and execution in relation to global engagement
12.45 to 13.30 S3.2
Introducing the two case studies
  • Introduction of case material to the six teams
  • Reiteration of the importance of drawing on knowledge and skills from previous sessions
  • Q&As from teams and participants to the presenters
Tuesday 7 September
12.00 to 13.30
Analysis of the case studies
  • Using the MTR-I ‘wheel’, the Rumelt & Kotter frameworks
  • Clarity on task outcomes required and the teams’ plans of action to achieve these outcomes
13.30 to 14.00 S4.2
Preparing for the residential programme
  • Final preparations and actions prior to the residential programme

Onsite Programme (Berlin)

Date & time
Session title Focus and objectives
Sunday 19 September
15:00 to 18:00
(followed by networking reception and dinner)
Welcome and introduction to FUB, Berlin
  • Welcome and opening
  • About Freie University Berlin
  • Higher education in a post-Covid world
Monday 20 September
09:00 to 12:30
(followed by networking reception)
Contemporary practice in the transformation of professional support services in higher education institutions and systems: Lessons from the trenches
  • Achieving change in a complex system: what, when and who?
  • Getting to grips with the contemporary context of professional support in HE: The necessity for change and overcoming obstacles to achieving it
  • Strategy, culture and communications
13:30 to 17:00 Defining, designing and delivering an institutional transformation process: leadership, governance, management and method
  • Learning from where others have gone before us
  • Making design choices: visioning a future state
  • Making design choices: achievable objectives
  • Making design choices: defining the operating model

Case sessions: Teams working on their cases from 16.00

Tuesday 21 September
09:00 to 17:00
(following by networking activity in Berlin and dinner)
Case study presentations
  • Presentations from senior officers from the two case study institutions
  • Teams to have the opportunity to engage with case study presenters in smaller groups

Case sessions: Groups working on cases from 15.00

Wednesday 22 September
09:00 to 17:00
(followed by evening working dinner on case study)

Leadership, communications and
cultural change


Case Study session

  • Reimagining collaborative leadership: thinking on your feet
  • Culture as an enabler of institutional success: the seven levers for achieving cultural change
  • Operationalising a cultural change programme
  • Applying the day’s learning to the case studies

Case sessions: teams to work on their case studies after a short break and over a working dinner

Thursday 23 September
09:00 to 17:00
(followed by dinner)

Digital transformation


The politics of the transformation business case: wining the argument for a case for change

  • What does digital transformation mean?
  • Ubiquitous digitalisation as a driver of change
  • Financial strategy as an enabler of academic strategy
  • Principles and practices
  • Putting theory into practice

Case sessions: Groups working on cases from 13:30; submission of team task material at 16:00

Friday 24 September
09:00 to 13:00
(followed by lunch)
Feedback session – group work
  • Teams presenting their cases and receiving feedback
  • Closing session, including overall feedback, graduation, evaluation

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Publish Date
March 29, 2021
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