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1 1 The Head of Administration in Italy: the past, the present and the future Has the role really changed? Pasquale Mastrodomenico Head of Administration - University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro Vercelli, Italy HUMANE SEMINAR Salford, 7 th 8 th March 2008

2 2 Contents the role of the H.o.A. Italian general overview the history the evolution the (near and possible) future

3 3 The role of the H.o.A. – in theory (From Fernando Casanis presentation, Pavia, Humane Seminar on Governance, October 2004) Definition The way in which someone is involved in an activity or situation and how much influence they have on it The mission is to balance different powers and to deal with different players in order to achieve the institutional goals In practice is the person in charge of the management of the administrative and economic services of the University

4 4 The role – in the reality Definition The Mission In practice

5 5 The Italian University context Number of Universities: 95 (up to January 2008) 67 State Universities 70% (students 93% - professors 96%) 28 non State Universities 30% (students 7% - professors 4%) as follows: 10 private 7 catholic universities 11 on-line universities

6 6 non State Universities

7 7 H.o.A. regulations Before 1989 Appointed by the Ministry of Education from a roll of University managers called ruolo organico Act nr. 168/1989 Each University is autonomous according to its Statute After 1997 appointed by each Rector in agreement with the University Government Bodies. it is no longer a ruolo organico. the belonging of the H.o.A to the University system is optional; he/she can also be a manager coming from other Public Institutions. the academic degree for the position is not necessary.

8 8 Italian Public Administration key points Political vs managerial relation Act nr. 29 /1992 makes a distinction between the political and the managerial direction Therefore, since 1992 managers are appointed by the political governing bodies, both national and local (e.g. Regions, Local institutions). This is a pattern also followed by Universities (state, private, catholic, on-line) in the appointment of managers and HoAs. The problem: to balance the managerial autonomy and the political choice.

9 9 The Universities in history Aristotle and the Peripatetic School: the first High School in the history of mankind. -no lecture rooms, no e.c.t.s., no English language, no power point, no … but -exams, libraries and … walking along the peripatoi of the Lyceum. What a hard task for the imaginary H.o.A!

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11 11 The Middle AgesCancellarius academiarum dicti qui iis …. Quodammodo praesunt, penes quos totius rei literariae regimen, ac moderatio est, qui si res postulat, in societatem professionis suae idoneos Magistros advocant, castigant, si quid in doctore collega sit dignum poena aut reprehensione, et meliores subrogant, catedrisque praeficiunt, Baccalaureos ad Doctoralem apicem promovent, novas leges condunt, veteres abrogant, scholarum disciplinam reformant, etc. From: Du Cange, Glossarium mediae et infimae latinitatis II. Band, Unveränderter Nachdruck der Ausgabe von , 1954, Akademische Druck – U. Verlangsanstalt, Graz- Austria

12 12 The recent past until 1982 notary function bureaucratic activity certification of the managerial formal regularity

13 13 Current issues Decentralization Autonomy Salaries Pensions Budgetary autonomy of Faculties and Departments National and local evaluation ….

14 14 Secretary of the Senate Secretary of the Council Head of the offices of Central Administration Responsible for the pursuance of the laws and regulations Signature of acts or delegation Main tasks

15 15 H.o.A. PASTPRESENTFUTURE H.o.A. COUNCIL RECTOR MANAGERS SENATE DEPTS OTHERS COUNCIL RECTOR SENATE DEPTS OTHERS MANAGERS FACULTIES ? ? CLOSE OPEN PERSPECTIVE

16 16 To sum up –The context (legal, academic, economic) –The competences (non only administrative but technical and managerial) –The internal and external players –The way to deal with them have certainly changed BUT The role of the HoA has remained (more or less) the same. How have we managed to survive across time?

17 17 We are the first example of Genetically Modified Organisms !

18 18 Tomorrow The future is unknown A good chance to survive could be …

19 19 SECOND LIFE!

20 20 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION


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