Session 2: October 28th to November 2nd, 2012 in Rome
Session 3 :April 14th-19th, 2013 in London
Intranet for the participants
The core academic team, made up of Professor Emeritus John Davies, Professor David Lock, and Doctor Neil Sparnon, will deliver the programme with the assistance of additional contributors with expertise in fields of particular relevance to leadership in Catholic higher education.
John L. DAVIES has a career which includes senior institutional management and international research, consultancy and teaching in the field of higher education policy and management. He is currently an international consultant in higher education, Visiting Professor of Higher Education Management at the International Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath and a Key Associate of the Leadership Foundation. His previous positions have included Foundation Dean of the Anglia Business School, Dean of a Graduate School, Pro Vice Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University for Research and Enterprise and Pro Vice Chancellor at La Trobe University, Australia for Quality Assurance and Organisation Development. Since 1970 he has been one of the leading commentators on European higher education management and has been a Principal Consultant with the IMHE programme of OECD, the European Rectors Conference (EUA), UNESCO, Soros Foundation, World Bank and the European Commission.
David LOCK is Director of International Projects at the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in London where he is responsible for the development and delivery of LFHE’s international projects. Until October 2007 he was the founding Registrar and Acting Chief Executive of the British University in Dubai. He was appointed to the International Advisory Panel for the Middle East Association’s Learning and Leadership Symposium Programme 2006-9 and has served on a number of other international groups. Prior to going to Dubai he was Secretary to the University of Huddersfield and Registrar and Secretary to the University of Hull in the UK for a total of 14 years.
Neil SPARNON is a consultant in international higher education strategic planning, research funding and management and HE quality assurance systems with experience of working in a huge range of locations, cultures and circumstances. He has been really active recently in the Jesuit Commons Higher Education Management project with Catholic institutions in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He is member of the African Catholic Universities Quality Agency management team. Previous functions include Assistant Director, University Registry and Director of Research Administration at Anglia Ruskin University. He is a graduate of Anglia Ruskin University and of the University of Oxford.
Professor Robin Smith’s career in education spans over thirty years, during which time he has taught in the college, polytechnic and university sectors. He has extensive experience as a lecturer, examiner, manager, researcher and consultant. He was created Professor of Higher Education Development at Anglia Ruskin University in 1995 where he was also Pro Vice Chancellor until September 2004. He remains Emeritus Professor and is currently undertaking research, training and consultancy activities through Arethusa Projects Ltd, the consultancy company he founded. His work has often taken him abroad and he has gained extensive experience of educational processes world wide including Europe, the USA, South Africa, Turkey, Brunei, Russia, Malaysia and China.
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"Leading Catholic Universities
in the 21st Century"
an action oriented programme
for Institutional headS
The International Federation of Catholic launches its new programme: “Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century”, which has been developed together with renowned experts in higher education strategic planning and management in order to meet, in first place, expectations of recently appointed Presidents of affiliated institutions.
Because leading a catholic university is a complex mission…
In both developed and developing countries, Catholic higher education institutions are confronted by a number of external and internal issues which do not apply to or affect all of them equally, but that, taken together, can constitute a challenge to institutional stability and sustainability. These issues include: challenges from secular and non-supportive societies, ambiguous relations with state agencies, variable buoyancy in student enrolment for clerical or related professions, intense challenges of competition, absence of a tradition of professionalised leadership management and administration, organisational cultures that are relatively weak on strategic approaches...
Always attentive to the needs of its membership, through its new programme, the International Federation of Catholic Universities intends to give new or recently appointed Presidents a unique opportunity to come to grips with these challenges and to develop relevant approaches, thus strengthening the capability of their Catholic institutions to play an increasingly more valuable role in the contemporary world.
IFCU’s new programme aims at a better understanding by Presidents of their mission and the new context of its implementation...
“Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century” will assist participants to undertake an evaluation of the mission, health and effectiveness of their own institution, and assess how this mission can be reinterpreted, contextualised, and evolved in the light of its basic values and contemporary circumstances.
This programme is meant to be action oriented, in the sense that concrete approaches to issues and concerns defined by participants will be identified, and action plans will be devised and implemented. They will formulate a strategic plan for the development of their institution, with particular emphasis on educational innovation, knowledge transfer, financial sustainability, human resource development and quality improvement.
“Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century” will enable these institutional heads to assess their own styles of leadership and to enhance their management skills. It will also help them to better understand the nature of institutional cultures, and the relationship with techniques of institutional change, as well as to enhance their institution’s capacity to be agents of societal change in various domains – educational, ethical, spiritual, social.
The pilot edition, launched in April 2012, will pave the way for future editions...
The first edition of “Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century” was delivered in English as a precursor to future development and will delivery in Spanish and French. It is, due to its novelty, exceptionally accessible by invitation only, access to future editions will be upon registration, and open to Presidents of all IFCU institutions, and, in some cases, to their close collaborators.
It envisages three blocks of residential training totalling 28 days over the 13 months of its implementation. Delivery sites reflect the global nature of the programme; first block took place in Bangkok, at Assumption University, from April 15 to 27, 2012, with a combination of presentations and discussions, and the formulation by participants of detailed strategic plans for their institutions. Blocks 2 and 3 will take place from October 28 to November 2 2012 in Rome, and from April 14 to 19 2013 in London. They will help monitor and validate participants’ progress in implementing institutional change, contribute perspectives on newly emerging themes and topics arising from participant’s organisations or the environment of Catholic Higher Education Institutions, and further develop participants’ leadership approaches and skills in general and in respect of particular challenges.
Guy-Réal THIVIERGE is General Secretary of the International Federation of Catholic Universities and Director of its Centre for Coordination of Research. He is also member consultant at the Congregation for Catholic Education (Holy See) a member of the scientific council of the Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion
of Quality in Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (AVEPRO). He is a graduate of Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, and specialized in Dogmatic Theology and Biblical Studies.
Manon MARINIERE has been appointed Programme Coordinator by IFCU. She holds a master's degree of LEA (English/Spanish applied to international relations) from the Université de Toulouse II, and is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse.
The Institutional Context: the international environment for higher education institutions (HEI); factors and implications of globalisation for Catholic HEI; social and economic contexts; ecclesial context and agendas; the political context in which HEI operate; institutional autonomy and accountability; institutional cultures and ethos of Catholic HEI; origins, missions and intellectual traditions and the challenges to established positions; the spirituality dimension; possible tension between the university and seminary traditions in the same institution; typologies of institutional cultures and the relationship with external imperatives; agendas for presidents of Catholic HEI.
Strategic Institutional Management: analysis of organisational effectiveness (SWOT diagnosis: Strengths, Weaknesses/Limitations, Opportunities, and Threats; internal and external factors); the formulation of strategic plans; implementation and sustainability of strategic plans; group discussion on individual SWOTs)
Leadership and the Management of Change: leadership styles at senior level; typologies of institutional change; strategies of institutional change; processes of policy formation; influencing skills: internal, external.
Critical Elements in Strategic Institutional Management: determining the academic profile; issues in flexible course development; lifelong learning; research and scholarship; knowledge transfer; financial sustainability; human resource development; external relations and marketing, organisational structures.
Quality Assurance in catholic Higher Education Institutions: relationship with external QA systems (ecclesial, state); internal processes of Quality Audit and Enhancement; external reviews; internal structures.
For more information please contact Mrs. Manon MARINIERE
- Programme Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org