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Guest talk

Dr. Bruno Broucker & Dr. Kurt de Wit

(KU Leuven, Belgium)

Higher Education for Public Value

Orienting the post-NPM reform debate

Despite the numerous Higher Education system reforms, it seems that Higher Education does not reach its full potential and that further reform is necessary. New Public Management, as a paradigm whereupon reforms have been built, has limited the potential for public value creation, necessitating a new model. With a systematic literature review the presentation provides (1) insight into the flaws of NPM, (2) an understanding of public value for HE, and (3) a new model for reform, with inclusion of the concept of public value. Derived from this model, a research agenda is formulated.

Bruno Broucker (PhD Social Sciences) is assistant professor at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, Belgium. He is an expert in public management and public governance including change management, leadership and HRM in the public sector. Over the last ten years he has been involved with several public sector related research projects regarding educational effectiveness and knowledge transfer, change management, reforms in the federal Belgian Judicial system, work load measurement and quality measurement. Between 2010 and 2013 he was affiliated to the KU Leuven Education Policy and Quality Department as an expert and policy advisor regarding Higher Education. His current research topics are change management, leadership, local public sector reform, and higher education policy and governance. His most recent publications include articles in Higher Education Policy, and the European Educational Research Journal.

Kurt De Wit, PhD in Sociology, is head of the Data Management Unit of the Education Policy and Quality Department at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. In that function he carries out institutional research regarding students and education and monitors national and European higher education policy. He also serves on the Executive Council of the Flemish Sociological Association and was editor-in-chief of its peer-reviewed journal (2010-2013). His current research interests include education innovation policy in higher education, the roles of ICT for university students, international rankings of higher education institutions, governance and funding of higher education, and the development of the network society and its consequences for higher education. His most recent publications include papers in Computers and Education, Education and Information Technologies, and the European Educational Research Journal.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 114
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

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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