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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.


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė is invited to give guest talks in Sweden and the Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

11.11.2019 – Within the context of participating in the doctoral dissertation committees prof. Leišytė was invited to share her insights regarding organizational learning at universities at the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen and at the Higher Education Organization Studies at the Faculty of Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Her talks will take place in November and December and are based on the findings from DoProfil project and will concentrate on change processes at German universities towards inclusive teacher training.


Invitation to the guest talk by Prof. Christine Musselin (Sciences Po, France)

Prof. Christine Musselin

21.10.2019 – It is our pleasure to invite you to the guest talk by Prof. Christine Musselin (Sciences Po, Paris) at the zhb Higher Education Research Colloquium Series. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Prof. Musselin will give a talk with the title "Competition versus cooperation in higher education: The French case".
Time and place: November 13, 2019 / 14:15-15:45 h / zhb / Vogelpothsweg 78 / CDI building / room 114


A new contribution on changing academic profession in "Oxford Bibliographies" by Liudvika Leišytė and Nadine Zeeman

Oxford Bibliographies in Education

30.09.2019 – This contribution provides a thorough bibliography overview regarding the characteristics of academics in Europe and the US and the main changes taking place in the academic profession. When reviewing the trends of changing academic profession the emphasis is laid on the country cases within Europe and the US showing similarities and differences in trends of changing academic profession. An increasing percentage of academics in the United States are on non-tenure-track appointments with teaching-only responsibilities. In Europe, precarious faculty positions are also on the rise across a number of higher education systems. Overall, a diversification of faculty roles and activities, as well as intensification of work, can be observed.
Please see: Leisyte, L. & Zeeman, N. (2019). Higher education faculty characteristics and trends in the United States and Europe. In A. Hynds (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies in education. New York: Oxford University Press.


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė gives a workshop at the Consortium of Higher Education Research and Sciences Studies' Summer School at TU Munich

South campus of TU Dortmund University in summer

30.09.2019 – Liudvika Leišytė will conduct a workshop on "Responsible Governance of Higher Education" at the 5th Summer School of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS). The interdisciplinary and international summer school will focus on the question of how responsible innovation cultures can be established within institutions of higher education and research, such as universities, and will explore what responsibility in research, development and training might look like in different situated institutional contexts. The Summer School will take place from 14 to 18 October at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).


Benjamin Schiller and prof. Liudvika Leišytė present at the XVII Triple Helix Conference 2019, Cape Town, South Africa

Conference Logo

07.08.2019 – Liudvika Leišytė and Benjamin Schiller (PhD student of the chair) will present their paper "Study program innovation in the Triple Helix context" at Triple Helix Conference 2019. In their talk, they will refer to the case of cooperative study programs at a German university of applied science.


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė presents at the CHER 2019 Conference, Kassel, Germany

CHER 2019 conference

05.08.2019 – Liudvika Leišytė will participate in the conference of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER), organized this year by INCHER-Kassel. On August 29 she will present the results of her research on the influence of the Bologna reforms on the Lithuanian higher education system. Her presentation is a part of the track "Governance Models and Translation Processes".


Seminars for the winter semester 2019/2020

We want you!

28.06.2019 – Dear students, applications for seminars in the winter semester are coming up! You can find all information regarding the seminars of the Professorship of Higher Education on our teaching website.
We are looking forward to your applications!


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Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

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