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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.


New publication by Prof. Liudvika Leišytė and Anna-Lena Rose

Cover of the book: Training engineers for innovation

11.10.2018 – Swimming with sharks without being eaten: How engineering students can learn creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.
Read more in: Terkowsky, Claudius; Haertel, Tobias; Rose, Anna-Lena; Leisyte, Liudvika; May, Dominik (2018): Swimming with sharks without being eaten: How engineering students can learn creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. In: Denis Lemaître (Ed.): Training Engineers for Innovation. (Innovation, entrepreneurship and management series). London: ISTE, pp. 147-176). ISBN: 978-1-78630-356-1.


An invited talk of Prof. Liudvika Leišytė at the conference "Hochschulsteuerung und Wissenschaftsfreiheit" in Essen

Conference "Hochschulsteuerung und Wissenschaftsfreiheit"

08.10.2018 – Prof. Leišytė will give a talk titled "Strukturveränderungen im US-amerikanischen Hochschulsystem" at the conference "Hochschulsteuerung und Wissenschaftsfreiheit" on October 11, 2018. In her talk, she describes the structural changes in the US higher education system and highlights the resulting challenges for the management of higher education institutions. The conference is organized by the Association for the Promotion of German and International Scientific Law (Verein zur Förderung des deutschen & internationalen Wissenschaftrechts) and will take place at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


Invitation to the guest talk by Dr. Anne J. MacLachlan (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Anne J. MacLachlan

01.10.2018 – It is our pleasure to invite you to the guest talk by Dr. Anne J. MacLachlan (University of California, Berkeley, USA) at the zhb Higher Education Research Colloquium Series. On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, she will give a talk with the title "American Elite Universities and Why Germany Does Not Need Them".
Time and place: October 24, 2018 / 16:00-17:30 h / zhb / Vogelpothsweg 78 / CDI building / room 114


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė is an invited keynote speaker at the WISE Annual Event "Diversity in Academia" at TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands

Women in Science Network at Eindhoven University of Technology

19.09.2018 – Prof. Leišytė Leisyte was invited to give a keynote talk "Gender and Research Excellence" at the Women in Science Network yearly conference at the Eindhoven University of Technology on October 1, 2018.
After the talk prof. Leišytė will participate in the panel discussion as a discussant.


New book review by Prof. Liudvika Leišytė

Cover of Czech Sociological Review

19.09.2018 – Prof. Liudvika Leišytė's review of J. Garritzmann's excellent work on the Political Economy of Higher Education Finance just got published in the Czech Sociological Review.
Bibliographical details: Leisyte, L. (2018). Julian L. Garritzmann: The political economy of higher education finance. The politics of tuition fees and subsidies in OECD countries, 1945-2015. Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 54(3), 479-480.


Liudvika Leišytė at ERC (European Research Council) Validation Workshop in Brussels

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

13.09.2018 – Prof. Liudvika Leišytė participated as an expert in the European Research Council's (ERC) study on the impact of ERC funding on academic careers carried out by ICF/CHEPS. The preliminary results of the study were discussed during the workshop and the final report is expected in December 2018.


Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leišytė receives the Emerald Literati Award 2018

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte receives the Emerald Literati Award 2018

30.08.2018 – Prof. Liudvika Leišytė was awarded with the Highly Commended Paper Emerald Literati Award 2018 for her article in Learning Organization: Leisyte, L., Vilkas, M., Staniskiene, E. & Zostautiene, D. (2017). Balancing countervailing processes at a Lithuanian university. The Learning Organization, 24(5), 327-339.
The article focuses on understanding the countervailing processes for enhancing academic excellence and market-orientation processes of standardisation and performance management at a university. This article shows how and if organisational learning occurs balancing these two processes in the university setting.


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Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

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