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Prof. Dr. Rimantas Želvys & Rūta Bružienė

Managerialism in Lithuanian Higher Education

Portrait photo of Prof. Dr. Rimantas Želvys © Rimantas Želvys​/​private
Prof. Habil. Dr. Rimantas Želvys (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Portrait photo of Rūta Bružienė © Rūta Bružienė​/​private
Rūta Bružienė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

Higher education reforms based on principles of new public management have been witnessed world-wide since the 1990. These reforms focus on efficiency and effectiveness of universities but also influences and other parts of universities life, such as academic autonomy and self-governance. Inevitably these changes have manifold effects for academic work in the form of pressure to perform better in research and teaching, writing performance reports or less collegial self-governance and academic power.

In Lithuania since early 2000, and mostly since 2009 with the Law on Higher Education and Research, several higher education reforms implementing principles of new public management were introduced. The reforms strengthened institutional autonomy of universities at the expense of academic self-governance. University senates were weakened in their position and university boards took over responsibilities for strategic decisions, the performance-based employment, competition for research funding and student grants were implemented. These reforms also changed the academic personnel work conditions significantly – our findings show that 70% of Lithuanian academics perceive their higher education institutions as highly managerial, whereas only 30% indicate a low level of managerialism at their institutions. So, we need to discuss how managerialism in higher education effects academic profession, academic identity and academics work satisfaction.

Rimantas Želvys has studied at Vilnius University (Lithuania) and the University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom). His doctorate was awarded at the Leningrad V. Bechterev psychoneurologic scientific research institute (Russia). He is a former Director of Lithuanian In-Service Teachers Training Institute, former Vice-Rector of Vilnius Pedagogical University, former Head of Department of Education at Vilnius University. Currently Prof. Habil. Dr. Rimantas Želvys is a professor of Education at Vilnius University, consultant and expert of the World Bank, OECD and European Commission in a series of educational projects in post-communist countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was a visiting professor at the University of Latvia (Latvia), Semey Shakarim University, National Womens‘ Pedagogical University and National Abai University (Kazakhstan).

Prof. Habil. Dr. Rimantas Želvys is the author of the book in English "Managing Education in a Period of Change" (Oslo: ELI Publishing, 1999) and a number of books and academic publications in Lithuanian. His main fields of research are Higher Education, Education Policy and Management, Education Reforms.

Rūta Bružienė is a PhD student at Vilnius University, Lithuania, since 2017 and the topic of her PhD thesis is “University mergers in Lithuania: discourse analysis”. She graduated from Vilnius University with a MA of Law in 2012 and MA of Education in 2014. During and after the studies, Rūta has worked as public auditor in National Audit Office of Lithuania, where her expertise area was education. Later she has worked as Head of Study Office at ISM University of Management and Economics. Also, she was a member of the advisory committee of the Office of Ombudsman Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania.

Currently Rūta Bružienė is a junior assistant and researcher at Vilnius University. While her current research focuses on university mergers and mostly on the political aspects of this phenomenon, the field of her research also includes various aspects of higher education management and policy, such as issues of financial support in higher education, global policy impact on national higher education policy, governance and organizational issues of higher education institutions.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Online
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

This event of the Baltic-German University Liaison Office is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic Germany.

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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