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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 article published by Lisa Sigl and Liudvika Leišytė in "Minerva"

Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy

19.02.2018 – Many European states have recently implemented changes in how inventions at academic institutions are to be handled to optimize their societal impact. The authors analyze how these changes have been taken up – and made sense of – in regions with different pre-existing infrastructures, practices and semantics of invention management. They build on a comparative analysis of continuities and changes in invention management in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW, a former Western state) and Saxony (a former GDR state) to reflect on how academic institutions have been handling inventions along transforming socio-political contexts.
Read more in: Sigl, Lisa; Leisyte, Liudvika (2018): Imaginaries of Invention Management: Comparing Path Dependencies in East and West Germany. Minerva.


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė is a visiting professor at Nagoya University, Japan

Prof. Liudvika Leisyte

29.01.2018 – From February 1 to April 1 Prof. Leišytė is a visiting professor at the Center of the Studies of Higher Education (CSHE) at Nagoya University in Japan. She will participate in the Center's seminars and will be involved in academic exchange and collaboration with the hosts.


Personnel change in our secretariat

Anika Lander (left) and Marion Kettler (right)

01.01.2018 – The new year begins with a change of staff in the secretariat: our secretary Marion Kettler (right) has retired after almost 25 years at the TU Dortmund. Her successor is Anika Lander (left), who has previously worked at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. We wish Marion Kettler all the best for her retirement and look forward to working with Anika Lander.


Another year comes to the end...

Ein kleiner Tannenbaum wünscht ein frohes Fest

22.12.2017 – ... and we wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year!


Invitation to the guest talk by María Alejandra Tejada (University of Twente, the Netherlands)

María Alejandra Tejada

19.12.2017 – It is our pleasure to invite you to the guest talk by María Alejandra Tejada (University of Twente) at the zhb Higher Education Research Colloquium Series. On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, she will give a talk with the title "University Research Governance: the pressure to publish and its effects (tensions) in the context of scholarly output in Colombia".
Time and place: January 10, 2018 / 16:00-17:30 h / zhb / Vogelpothsweg 78 / CDI building / room 114


New publication by Prof. Liudvika Leišytė: Governance of public universities in the U.S.

Cover: Governance of public universities in the U.S.

18.12.2017 – The image of the United States as one of the world's leading countries in science rests primarily on its higher education system. The latter is characterized by a particular interplay between autonomy and dependence and has seen significant changes over the past few years. It is worthwhile taking a closer look at higher education institutions in the U.S. - especially against the backdrop of the challenges the German higher education system currently faces.
Read more in: Leisyte, Liudvika: Governance of public universities in the U.S. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung: Facts & Findings, 287, December 2017.


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė serves as a discussant at BMBF's Quality Pact for Teaching evaluation workshop organized by the Koordinierungsstelle der Begleitforschung des Qualitätspaktes Lehre on December 11-12 in Berlin

Koordinierungsstelle der Begleitforschung des Qualitätspaktes Lehre

06.12.2017 – Prof. Leišytė will provide a commentary on the project CETLFUNK which investigates how Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning support organisational learning when changing teaching and learning routines at universities in Germany and abroad funded by the BMBF's Quality Pact for Teaching. She will discuss the results of the project from higher education research perspective.


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Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

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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