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Liudvika Leišytė

Higher Education Governance in Post-Soviet Lithuania

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Leišytė, L. (2002). Higher education governance in Post-Soviet Lithuania (Studies in comparative and international education; 10). Oslo: Universitetet i Oslo, Pedagogisk forskningsinstitutt.

ISBN 82-569-6106-6
ISSN 0800-6113


This is a study of changes in the system of governance in higher education sector in Lithuania. The aim of the research has been to explore the major changes in the higher education governance System that took place in the Lithuanian context after 1990. This task has been carried out taking into account two policy instruments, funding and regulation. This is a qualitative study undertaken within the subjectivist paradigm in the auspices of the interpretive social science where the notion of discourse has been central. National higher education policies in Lithuania are investigated, as well as relevant documents from higher education institutions. A pilot study of 12 Interviews was carried out with the key politicians, bureaucrats and academics; all have been active participants in higher education policy formation process in Lithuania.

The research found that until 1990, the higher education sector was highly centralized. Therefore, the governance of higher education was characterized by detailed state control. As a result of changes in the external and internal environment, in particular "revolutionary" change from a Soviet-dominated to a democratic system of government and pressures of globalization and international influences, the Lithuanian state initiated significant higher education reform. Since 1990, the governance of higher education has shifted to a state supervision model with almost all higher education institutions enjoying much higher degree of autonomy. However, a tension between state governance model and state institutions has appeared. Though the policy discourse on higher education governance promotes a loose coordination model, paradoxically the move towards tighter control is traced in the use of policy instruments of funding and regulation. This finding suggests the need for further investigation of the local factors that have influenced the return towards more tight control in higher education governance.

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.


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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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