International Higher Education and Research Leadership Course


The International Higher Education and Research Leadership Course took place in Barcelona from 2nd to 4th October 2017. This course provided a space for the professional development of mid- to senior level university staff (both academic and professional).

It was co-organized by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS - University of Twente, the Netherlands), the LH Martin Institute (LHMI) for Higher Education Leadership and Management (University of Melbourne, Australia), the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and GUNi.

The course included sessions on trends and challenges in higher education world-wide, on universities as organisations and on innovation in higher education and research and workshops on leadership roles and organizational culture.

In the common experience of GUNi, ACUP, CHEPS and LHMI successful leadership development initiatives need to encompass at least the following components:
- Reflections on higher education and research management, policy and strategy
- Management skills development (managing yourself, managing others, managing your unit)
- 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 programme team was composed by Jon File (Director at the Development and Consultancy in CHEPS), Harry de Boer (Deputy Director at CHEPS), Leo Goedegebuure (Director at the LH Martin Institute), Josep M. Vilalta (GUNi Director and Executive Secretary of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and Alícia Betts (Head of projects at the Catalan Association for Public Universities and GUNi).



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

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government