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Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD)

Elevate your skills in Higher Education

The Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD) at the University of Manitoba is Canada’s premier centre dedicated to the professional development of university and colleges administrators and managers.

Established in 1987 at the University of Manitoba, CHERD offers face-to-face professional development programs. They also offer regional and national courses, programs, seminars, and workshops.

Annual Professional Development Programs

Women in Academic Leadership
Women in Academic Leadership is a unique and innovative five-day residential program of workshops and mentorship from the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, to enhance your executive leadership potential in Canadian Universities. The unique mentorship component of this program will enable participants to interact with experienced women leaders who are knowledgeable and accomplished in the higher education profession. With this program, you’ll be a part of building a community of Women in Academic Leadership, and benefit from excellent networking opportunities with mentors, and with your colleagues from across Canada.

University Management Course (UMC)
Structured around a model of leadership, the course highlights strategic planning, the legal framework and governance of institutions, aligning budgets with strategic directions, decision-making and team building, negotiation and conflict resolution and organizational justice for students and employees. UMC is appropriate for department heads, associate deans, directors or others with similar administrative roles in academic or support units who are looking to enhance their leadership skills and achieve better outcomes.

Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC)
Join senior university and college administrators from across Canada in a premier program that will consider the major issues and trends impacting higher education, share essential techniques for managing the interpersonal aspects of an academic leadership role, and provide the specific tools to assist in managing day-to-day operational needs. The program, led by a team with extensive senior university experience, will utilize case studies, interactive presentations, and discussions. There will also be the opportunity for one-to-one consultations with team members. SUAC is appropriate for senior post-secondary leaders.