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Welcome to Professorship of Higher Education

Our vision: We engage in excellent teaching and research through innovation, team work, openness and 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 digital university,
  • academic entrepreneurship,
  • governance and management of higher education institutions, and
  • evaluation of research and teaching in higher education.


Invitation to the online guest talk by Prof. Heather Eggins (Staffordshire University, UK)

Prof. Heather Eggins

05.05.2020 – It is our pleasure to invite you to the guest talk by Prof. Heather Eggins (Staffordshire University, UK) at the zhb Higher Education Research Colloquium Series. On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Prof. Eggins will give a talk titled "Strategic decision making in uncertain times: A UK study of higher education institutions".
Time and place: May 27, 2020 / 16:00-17:30 h / Online (with Webex)


New article by Dr. Mehwish Waheed and Prof. Liudvika Leišytė on Scandinavian students' views on using digital learning environments

New article at EasyChair

22.04.2020 – Especially in these times, learning in a digital environment is one of the most acute topics in higher education research. In their article based on the presentation at the LINC conference at MIT, Mehwish Waheed and Liudvika Leišytė show the importance of interaction quality for students' learning experience in digital learning environment. Their survey of the Scandinavian students in business administration has shown the importance of the quality of interaction between students and teachers in the platform-based and sociability based settings to achieve the desired learning outcomes.
Read more in: Waheed, M. & Leisyte, L. (2020). Scandinavian students’ perspective on learning from digital learning environment: The potential role of interactive quality. In C. Urrea (Ed.), Proceedings of the MIT LINC 2019 Conference (pp. 262-268). EPiC series in education science, Vol. 3. EasyChair.


New publication by Benjamin Schiller and Prof. Liudvika Leišytė on Study Program Innovation in the Triple Helix Context

New article in Triple Helix

22.04.2020 – How do Triple Helix linkages foster study program innovation at a German university of applied sciences at the micro-level? And how does the entrepreneurial university shape support structures and processes to foster this innovation at the meso-level?
Benjamin Schiller and Liudvika Leišytė answer these questions by drawing on Triple Helix literature analysing cooperative study programs in the field of business administration and nursing at a German university of applied sciences.
Read more in: Schiller, B. & Leisyte, L. (2020). Study program innovation in the Triple Helix context: The case of cooperative study programs at a German university of applied science. Triple Helix. Advanced online publication.


Studying despite Corona – The summer semester starts on 20th April!


07.04.2020 – Dear students, even though the activities at the TU are limited and many of them take place online, the semester starts on 20th April.
How is that going to work at Professorship of Higher Education?


How can you reach us in the times of Corona virus


17.03.2020 – Due to the TU Dortmund university policy and health warnings our office is physically closed from 18.03.2020 until further notice. You can reach us during the regular office hours by phone or e-mail.


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

Screenshot: article "Organizational learning through projects"

25.02.2020 – How does organisational learning take place and how can project work lead to organisational learning in settings where projects complement a traditional functional form of organisation? Based on the example of a university, the authors explore this question in the following publication: Rose, A.-L., Dee, J., & Leisyte, L. (2020, advanced online publication). Organizational learning through projects: A case of a German university, in: The Learning Organization.


Call for abstracts for the special issue on "Inclusive Universities in a Globalized World"

Social Inclusion: Call for Abstracts

20.02.2020 – Prof. Liudvika Leišytė and Prof. Rosemary Deem (Royal Holloway, UK) edit the special issue of the Social Inclusion journal on "Inclusive Universities in a Globalized World". Theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions from different countries addressing different types of diversity in higher education are welcome. Social Inclusion is an open access journal and the special issue will be published in August/September 2021.


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Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

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