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Country Study Lithuania

The Academic Profession in the Knowledge-Based Society (APIKS)


The "Academic Profession in the Knowledge-Based Society (APIKS)" project aims at an international comparison of working conditions for academics at universities across the world. The APKIS project is the third of its kind – two similar studies have already been conducted in 1992 and 2007 (The Changing Academic Profession = CAP). The 2017 survey will be carried out by research teams from more than 20 countries across the world, including Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, and the USA.

The country study Lithuania will focus on two main questions:

  1. Which transformations of the academic profession can be observed in Lithuania?
  2. (To what extent) is the academic profession in Lithuania embedded into the knowledge-society and -economy?

Project Period

7/2016 – 12/2023

Project Team

Team leader of the country study (Lithuania)
Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leišytė (Coordinator)

Team members of the country study (Lithuania)
Prof. Rimantas Želvys (Department of Education, Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Anna-Lena Rose (Scientific staff member, HdHf, zhb, TU Dortmund, Germany)
Sude Pekşen (Scientific staff member, HdHf, zhb, TU Dortmund, Germany)


Leišytė, L. & Želvys, R. (Eds.). (2021). International perspectives on transforming management of higher education [Special issue]. Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia, 46. Online available

Leišytė, L., Rose, A.-L., Želvys, R., & Pekşen, S. (2021). The role of universities in the knowledge-based society in Lithuania. In T. Aarrevaara, M. Finkelstein, G. A. Jones, & J. Jung (Eds.), Universities in the knowledge society: The nexus of national systems of innovation and higher education (pp. 203-219). Cham: Springer.

Leišytė, L., Pekşen, S., Rose, A.-L., & Želvys, R. (2022). The teaching-research nexus in the Lithuanian higher education compared to other European higher education systems. In F. Huang, T. Aarrevaara, & U. Teichler (Eds.), Teaching and research in the knowledge-based society: Historical and comparative perspectives (pp. 137–160). Cham: Springer.

Pekşen, S., Queirós, A., Flander, A., Leišytė, L., & Tenhunen, V. (2021). The determinants of external engagement of hard sci­en­tists: A study of generational and country differences in Europe. Higher Education Policy, 34(1), 18-41.

Želvys, R., Leišytė, L., Pekşen, S., Bružienė, R., & Rose, A.-L. (2021). From collegiality to managerialism in Lithuanian higher education. Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia, 46, 27-42.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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