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Higher Education: Leading for Innovation and Impact

26-30 June 2017

You will join an international group of peers to examine how innovation is shaping the future organisation of Higher Education. You will explore the expectations on universities to generate economic, social and cultural benefits. You will locate your own experiences within an international perspective of Higher Education and then use this understanding to develop a personal action plan for change within your institution.

Tours to Bologna and Florence will stimulate your reflection on the past and future of Higher Education. High profile speakers drawn from a range of contexts (education, industry and government) will provide rich insights into innovation, leadership and impact. You will also work with the course facilitator one-to-one to support the implementation of your action plan.

The course is aimed at senior management roles in the Higher Education sector.

Course facilitator

Professor Paul Coyle
Innovation, Leadership and Change Management Consultant, UK

Paul is an innovation, leadership and change management consultant who specialises in higher education. He fulfils ongoing roles for the European Commission’s Directorate General responsible for Culture and Education, the UK's Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the UK's National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education and the European University Industry Innovation Network. He supports the development of entrepreneurial universities and has worked with universities in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. During an academic career spanning nearly 30 years, he held a wide range of responsibilities including the posts of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching and Executive Dean for Arts & Business.


Dimitra Manis
Senior Vice-President, Global Talent, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., New York, USAPhoto of Dimitra Manis

Dimitra is a bold, transformational HR leader with global experience in the US, Europe and Asia. With experience working across multiple industries, she is a trusted advisor to CEOs, executive teams, and boards of directors on business, compensation, organisational change, diversity and talent strategies. Leveraging expertise in organisational effectiveness, she has successfully led significant M&A due diligence and integration activity, particularly in emerging markets. An innovative leader, Dimitra is known for engaging and growing top talent and creating high-performing, dynamic leadership teams. In Prato, she will share her unique insights into leadership and talent management.

Professor Abid Khan
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Global Engagement), Monash University, Melbourne, AustraliaPhoto of Abid Khan

Abid has a track record for innovation, particularly for linking industry and university research. He has worked with domestic and international governments on innovation policies and has been instrumental in the establishment of the Monash-Warwick Alliance, as well as Monash's unique international partnerships with Indonesia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and beyond. Prior to working in Australia, Abid was Deputy Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology, an operations and strategy expert with Booz Allen and Hamilton (USA), and a researcher with the University of Oxford.

Provisional schedule

  Morning Afternoon Evening


26 June 2017

Traditions and future challenges in higher education Delivering economic, social and cultural impacts in higher education  


27 June 2017

Preparing graduates for the future Site tour: Bologna  


28 June 2017

Empowering the university workforce Enhancing your leadership of higher education Evening Speaker + Dinner


29 June 2017

Innovation in higher education: Opportunities and challenges  Site tour: Florence  


30 June 2017

A personal action plan for innovation and impact