Course on Strategic and Inclusive Management of Higher Education Institutions

Higher education is a key pathway for social mobility in many parts of the world, opening life-changing opportunities to those who can attain university degrees.  Nevertheless, many minorities are still underrepresented both in the student body and faculty. This course examines the conditions leading to exclusions of underrepresented categories from certain ethnic, social, religious or other backgrounds and the management tools available to address this issue. 

How can current administration, management and leadership practices in higher education be improved to foster equality, diversity and inclusion? What good practices exist and how can inter-institutional cooperations be fostered further?

At a Glance

The intensive course on Strategic and Inclusive Management of Higher Education Institutions aims at providing a transformative experience to enhance the administrative, managerial and leadership capacities of the participants. Designed by the ExEd Hub, the course is currently open to participants from Open Society University Network (OSUN) member institutions.

Participants will engage critically with current professional debates and the latest research in the field of higher education management. The focus of the course will be on management approaches to current issues linked to inclusion, access and diversity in universities. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the different governance and management models already at work in the OSUN network, and to understand the context of each institution with a view to enhancing intra-network cooperation.

Structure and Speakers

Course participants will attend six thematic classes in preparation of developing and presenting their final projects on strategic and inclusive management.
For the May/June 2021 course, we are delighted to welcome speakers from universities across three continents, including:

- Bard College, USA (OSUN founding institution)
- University of Witwatersrand, South Africa (OSUN member institution)
- Harvard University, USA
- Central European University, Austria (OSUN founding institution)


By the end of the course participants will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate familiarity with, and a critical understanding of, selected advanced contemporary theories in higher education administration, management and leadership that can be applied to improve current practices in academia.
  • Demonstrate better familiarity with and improved capacity to identify and analyze major trends in higher education administration, management and leadership. 
  • Identify, analyze and respond to stimuli, actors and challenges of organizational development and change in higher education, with focus on mission-driven universities.
  • Understand and be able to apply to their own contexts notions related to access policies, diversity and the expansion of university mission. 


The course is designed and lead by Dr. Pusa Nastase.


The CEU ExEd Hub is delighted to welcome a number of distinguished guest speakers to the Course, including:

Michael Sadowski

Interim Dean of Graduate Studies; Director of Inclusive Pedagogy and Curriculum; Associate Professor

Bard MAT Program

Manja Klemenčič

Lecturer on Sociology and Lecturer in General Education

Harvard University

Target Audience

The intensive course is tailored for university staff in managerial roles, from the coordinator to the director levels. Currently, the course is offered to participants representing OSUN member institutions.

Credit, Deadlines, Contact

The successful completion of the course will grant participants a Certificate of Professional Development and the possibility to acquire 4 ECTS (or 2 US) credits.

For the May 2021 intake, 25 participants from 12 OSUN member institutions have been admitted to the course.

For queries and more information, please reach out to: Dr. Pusa Nastase, Lead of the Global Professional Development Program at Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education -


The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a global network of educational institutions that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge—in the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences and the arts, on undergraduate and graduate levels—across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access to higher education for underserved communities.