People around the globe are increasingly on the move: 272 million people, or 3.5% of the world’s population, are currently international migrants. We live in a time where human mobility becomes a key issue for managers and employees in any organization, such as private companies, business associations and trade unions, employment agencies, welfare organizations, non-governmental organizations, public authorities and many others. To keep pace with the times, this course offers an advanced, theory-practice overview about the opportunities and challenges generated by human mobility for trade, business, innovation and economic development.

Aims and learning objectives

HUMUS aims at providing participants with an understanding about key opportunities around international mobility and migration for businesses and organizations, in light of innovation and entrepreneurship dynamics in cities and regions. Participants will:

  • learn about relevant theoretical perspectives related to international migration, international human resource management, diversity management, international business, entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • learn about key managerial and policy issues in the domain of international mobility and migration for businesses, entrepreneurship, innovation and local development;
  • develop a critical understanding about trends in the domain of international migration as connected to public and private organizations.

A certificate of attendance of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore will be delivered to each participant.

Who should attend

  • doctoral students;
  • graduate and undergraduate students;
  • representatives of business organizations working in the domain of global corporate strategy, international sales management, human resource management, innovation management;
  • HR professionals (e.g., diversity and talent managers; recruiting and talent scouting agencies);
  • representatives of civil society organizations, including NGOs and migrant associations;
  • entrepreneurship specialists (e.g., incubation/acceleration facilitators, mentors);
  • officials from policy-making organizations and public institutions.


HUMUS provides insights about how human mobility and migration can be understood, explored, and valorized in the context of businesses and organizations. The contents are organized in two thematic modules, which can be both or singularly attended by participants. The following topics are covered by the programme:

  • trends in migration, transnationalism, super-diversity (Module “Innovation”);
  • migration and development of home and host country business networks (Module “Innovation”).
  • migration and innovation in organizations, cities, and regions (Module “Innovation” and Module “Business”);
  • migrant entrepreneurship (Module “Innovation” and Module “Business”);
  • international human resource management for international business (Module “Business”);
  • diversity management and inter-cultural competences (Module “Business”);
  • marketing and organizational communication in the era of international migration (Module “Business”)

Teaching approach

To offer a complete understanding of these topics, the Winter School adopts:

HUMUS Winter School is a project under the scientific direction of Dr. Daniela Bolzani, who has an extensive experience in the domain of migrant entrepreneurship and mobility of highly-skilled professionals.

Programme and course duration

A full week programme taught in English. It includes lectures taking place (including breaks and lunches):
13 January 2020 – 14:00-18:00
14-15-16-17 January – 9:30-17:30
A detailed programme schedule will be made available to registered participants before the beginning of the school.

Entry requirements

A common good command of the English language is required.


HUMUS will take place at the Milan Campus of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Tuition fees

  • “HUMUS complete” (Module Innovation + Module Business; 13-17 January; 5 days): € 950,00 (VAT included)
  • “HUMUS innovation” (Module Innovation; 13-15 January; 3 days): € 600,00 (VAT included)
  •  “HUMUS business” (Module Business; 15-17 January; 3 days): € 600,00 (VAT included)

The fee covers:

  • welcome activities and courses (group work, company visits, etc.);
  • HUMUS welcome kit;
  • teaching materials;
  • lunchtime meals and coffee breaks;
  • one team building dinner per Module;
  • UCSC certification.

The fee does not cover transportation to Milan, room and board (except for scheduled events).

Participants will also have the opportunity to benefit from a special overnight rate at three selected hotels (medium and upper range) located at walking distance to the University Campus.  
The programme partner AirFrance-KLM offers discounted flights fares to enrolled participants. Ask ICRIM for further details.

How to enroll

Application deadline is January, 8th, 2020. To enroll, please visit the webpage

The course will be activated only if a minimum number of enrollments is reached. If HUMUS will not take place, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore will fully refund the tuition fees.


Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Largo Gemelli 1
20123 Milano Tel. +39 02.7234.3089 – Fax +39 02.7234.2300

With the support of

Etimos Foundation

FIERI – Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull’Immigrazione

IOM – International Organization for Migration

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