International Higher Education and Research Leadership Course


The 3-days Higher Education and Research Leadership Course will be offered in Barcelona from 2nd to 4th October 2017. It will be co-organized by GUNi, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), the University of Twente, the Netherlands and the LH Martin Institute (LHMI) for Higher Education Leadership and Management at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The course will gather participants from different higher education systems and it will focus on:
- Reflections on higher education management, policy and strategy
- Management skills development
- Understanding the particular features and challenges of leading and managing in a university environment
Guided peer-learning, including structured experiential learning opportunities designed to tap into the rich experience of participants

The course will include sessions on trends and challenges in higher education world-wide, universities as organizations and on innovation in higher education; interviews with senior Catalonian university leaders; site visits to innovative units at universities in Barcelona; a workshop on leadership roles and organizational culture; and a higher education simulation game.

The course is designed for a maximum of 25 mid to senior level university staff – both academic and professional – with five to ten years of university management and leadership experience.

Price: 450€

Save the dates! Registrations will be opened and info on the professors will be published shortly.

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Programme team

John File,

Director of the Development and Consultancy at CHEPS. He is an expert in higher education system dynamics, planning and policy; university management and planning; leadership and management development in higher education and the use of games/simulations in such programmes.

Jon’s career at the University of Cape Town before joining CHEPS was primarily in university planning and management. His work at CHEPS has been varied and almost exclusively international which has taken him to almost 50 countries over the past decade and a half. Most of his professional higher education policy work at CHEPS falls into three categories: major higher education development co-operation projects with developing countries primarily funded by the Dutch government through Nuffic (10 in total, one currently in progress); European policy orientated higher education research projects funded primarily by the European Commission (10 in total, two currently in progress); and tailor-made workshops and contributions to formal degree programmes focused on the development of higher education leaders and managers (currently for the University of Melbourne, the University of Georgia [USA] and the European Consortium of Innovative Universities [ECIU]).

Harry de Boer,

Deputy Director of CHEPS. Within the field of higher education, Harry specialises in government university relationships, steering models, policy analysis, institutional governance, leadershipand management, strategic planning and models of decision making. He has been a consultant on several projects for the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and has also carried out research projects for national advisory bodies in the Netherlands such as the Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT) and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). In his field of expertise, he has participated in international research-based projects (European Commission, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Harry teaches several courses at the University of Twente as well as in international higher education programs (Higher Education Erasmus Mundus) and on management development programmes (European Consortium of Innovative Universities). He supervises Bachelors and Masters theses as well as PhD candidates on topics related to university governance and management.

Leo Goedegebuure

Director at the LH Martin Institute, Professor Leo Goedegebuure is active in the field of higher education policy research and management. Prior to his move to Australia in 2005 (University of New England, Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy), Leo was Executive Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), at the University of Twente, Netherlands, Europe’s largest research centre in this field.

Leo’s research interests are in the areas of governance and management, both at the systems and institutional level, system dynamics including large scale restructuring policies, university-industry relationships, and institutional mergers. Most of his work has a comparative focus, both within and outside of Europe, which has resulted in a strong international network. He is an auditor for the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council and has been a member and rapporteur for the OECD tertiary education review of New Zealand. He has worked as an expert on governance and management in Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Africa, South East Asia and South America on projects initiated by the European Commission, the World Bank and UNESCO.

During the period 1997-1999, Leo spent a 3-year term in institutional administration as deputy to the Rector Magnificus at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, with primary responsibility for the teaching & learning portfolio. In this capacity he restructured the university’s education programs. This experience not only furthered his overall management skills, it also equipped him with the project management skills to successfully direct complex institutional change processes.

Over his career, Leo has published some 15 books (both monographs and edited volumes) and over 100 articles, book chapters and papers on higher education policy, mergers, quality assessment, evaluation research, differentiation, system dynamics, engineering education, institutional management and comparative research.

Josep M. Vilalta

GUNi Director and since 2007 Executive Secretary of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP).

Before he held the following positions and responsibilities: Deputy Director General for Research of the Government of Catalonia, Head of the Evaluation, Studies and University Cooperation of the Government of Catalonia, Head of the Strategic Planning Unit of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for University Management, Deputy Director of Management of the Laboratori d’Enginyeria Marítima (Ocean Engineering Laboratory) (UPC) and Executive Secretary of the International Centre for Coast Resources. He has lectured in the fields of public management, public policy and university and research management in different universities and centres. He also promoted and coordinated a Master in University Management and Policy.

In the past years he has collaborated with projects and initiatives in different ministries, departments and organisms of the Government of Spain, the Government of Catalonia and other autonomous communities. Also with institutions like European Commission, OECD, UNESCO and European Association of Universities, and with governments and universities of 12 different countries.

He has published more than 60 articles, chapters of books, reports and books in the following areas: university leadership, management and public policies, organisation, management and university funding, university policies and governance, research management and policy, knowledge management and innovation.

He holds a degree in History and Geography (Universitat de Barcelona), a Master in Public Management (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), a Master in Political and Social Theory (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and a postgraduate degree in Higher Education Management (Open University and Universiteit Twente). He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of London (Great Britain) and at the University of Twente (The Netherlands).

Alícia Betts

Head of projects at the Catalan Association for Public Universities (ACUP) since 2009. Her work at ACUP focuses on joint internationalisation strategy development and implementation, university governance, funding and management policies, benchmarking studies and organisation of events.

She has been actively involved in the “Internationalisation Plan of the Catalan Public Universities 2010-2015” (2010), the OECD Reviews of Higher Education in Regional Development (Catalonia region), the European Drivers for a Regional Innovation Platform project (funded by the LLP) and the Platform for Knowledge, Territory and Innovation initiative. She has also collaborated with the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) on several of its research projects regarding the Catalan and Spanish higher education system.

She studied Audiovisual Communication and International Relations at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and is a graduate of the European Master in Higher Education (Erasmus Mundus – HEEM, University of Oslo, University of Tampere, University of Aveiro).



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Ajuntament de Barcelona