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Welcome to Professorship of Higher Education

Our vision: Pursuing Excellence & Global Reach through talent development, inspiring collaborations, openness & diversity

The chair of Higher Education focuses on academic work and organizational transformation in the context of changing institutional environment.

Drawing on the sociological theories the chair explores the issues of

  • professional autonomy and resistance, academic roles and disciplinary cultures,
  • academic entrepreneurship,
  • the dynamics of governance and management of higher education institutions, and
  • evaluation of research and quality enhancement in higher education.


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė and Anna-Lena Rose at 2018 AABS Conference, Stanford, USA

AABS Conference 2018

17.05.2018 – Liudvika Leišytė and Anna-Lena Rose will attend the 2018 Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. As part of the panel "Migration, Social Integration, and Wellbeing" they will give a presentation titled "Academic Staff Mobility in the Baltics: Brain Gain, Brain Drain or Brain Circulation?" on June 3, 2018.
Their presentation focuses on the situation of academic staff mobility in the peripheral higher education systems of Lithuania and Estonia. The main research question is: What are facilitating factors and barriers to attracting and retaining academic talent in the Baltic countries?


Talk by Liudvika Leišytė at Stanford University, USA

Prof. Liudvika Leisyte

14.05.2018 – Prof. Leišytė will give an invited talk at the Comparative Sociology Workshop at Stanford University on June 4, 2018. Her talk focuses on "Resistance in European Academia: From Individual to Collective" and the visit it sponsored by the DAAD.
The Comparative Sociology Workshop is organized by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Department of Sociology at Stanford University.
During her stay from 28 May to 9 June, she will attend seminars at the Scandinavian Center for Organizational Research within the Graduate School of Education.


New book chapter by Liudvika Leišytė and Anna-Lena Rose

Cover of the book: 25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries

07.05.2018 – How has the Lithuanian higher education landscape changed structurally, paying special attention to developments during the Soviet times and in the period after 1990?
Read more in: Leisyte, L., Rose, A.-L., & Schimmelpfenning, E. (2018). Lithuanian Higher Education: Between Path Dependence and Change. In J. Huisman, A. Smolentseva, & I. Froumin (Eds.), 25 years of transformations of higher education systems in Post-Soviet countries. Reform and continuity (pp. 285-310). (Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.


PhD students of the Professorship of Higher Education at the GfHf conference 2018

Die Promovierenden der Professur hdhf auf der GfHf Jahrestagung 2018

18.04.2018 – Nearly all of the (internal and external) PhD students of the Professorship of Higher Education have visited the 13th annual meeting of the German Association for Higher Education Research (GfHf) in Speyer from April 12-13, 2018. They presented findings from various research projects and participated in workshops within the scope of the meeting of the early career researchers' section (HoFoNa) of the association.


New publication by Liudvika Leišytė and Anna-Lena Rose

Cover of the book: Formation des ingénieurs à l’innovation

18.04.2018 – Swimming with sharks without being devoured: how engineering students can learn to be creative, develop an entrepreneurial spirit and to innovate.
Read more in: Terkowsky, Claudius; Haertel, Tobias; Rose, Anna-Lena; Leisyte, Liudvika; May, Dominik (2018): Nager avec les requins sans se faire dévorer: comment les étudiants en ingénierie peuvent apprendre à être créatifs, à développer un esprit d’entreprise et à innover. In: Denis Lemaître (ed.): Formation des ingénieurs à l’innovation. Collection: innovation, entrepreneuriat et gestion. London: ISTE editions, S. 159-188. ISBN: 978-1-78405-411-3.


Talk by Liudvika Leišytė at Nagoya University, Japan

Prof. Liudvika Leisyte an der Nagoya Universität, Japan

09.04.2018 – In her talk at the Center of the Studies of Higher Education (CSHE, Nagoya University) Prof. Leišytė addressed the change in governance of universities in Europe and its effects on academic work. Her presentation focused on the impact of the New Public Management reforms and the associated challenges for academic work and the academic profession.


Team of the Professorship of Higher Education at the GfHf Conference at Speyer

Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung

28.03.2018 – Sude Peksen, Anna-Lena Rose, Nadine Zeeman, Nino Kopaleishvili, and Julia Mergner will attend the 13th Annual Conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung, GfHf) on April 12-13, 2018. Nadine Zeeman will give a presentation titled "Academic collective resistance and managerial reforms in higher education". Sude Peksen and Anna-Lena Rose will hold a poster presentation on "Third Mission Activities at Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions". Nino Kopaleishvili and Julia Mergner will present findings of their current research projects.


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Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Leisyte will take a research semester from April to September 2018.

Consultation hours

By appointment

Please contact the secretariat:
Mrs Anika Lander
Tel.: +49 (0)231 755 5526
Fax: +49 (0)231 755 5543

Secretariat: office hours

Monday: 12:30 to 16:30
Tuesday: 12:30 to 16:30
Thursday: 12:30 to 16:30
Friday: 12:30 to 16:30

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