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Innovations- und Techniksoziologie I / II

Governance: Higher Education Governance

General Information

Degree Program:
Master Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Innovations- und Techniksoziologie I / II

Department of Business and Economics, Professorship of Higher Education

Prof. Liudvika Leišytė

EITHER Seminar: 5 ECTS
OR Tutorial (Übung): 2.5 ECTS

Time and Place:
Tuesdays, 2.15–3.45 p.m. (Start: 3 November 2020) | Online via Moodle and Zoom

The seminar language is English and presentation has to be made in English. Nevertheless it is possible to write the paper in German in consultation with the lecturer. Knowledge of English language has to be sufficient, but not perfect.

Content of the Seminar

Today the importance of higher education has been underscored by policy makers at both European and national levels. Universities in particular are believed to play a key role in the future knowledge society and economy. The European Commission wants to mobilize Europe’s brain power and modernize European universities. At the national level, governments aim to foster the creation of flagship universities. They are adopting and adapting the discourse of European higher education policy within their national settings to promote internationalization, and excellence of, and access to, higher education. In several European countries, these policy changes are coupled with the introduction of tuition fees and student financial aid systems, increased participation of external stakeholders in university governance, privatization, and a 'customer' orientation amidst a general 'massification' of higher education. These important developments pose numerous challenges to university governance and organizational transformation as they must maintain and improve the quality of both teaching and research. This seminar will provide an overview of the main higher education governance trends in Europe. In particular, it will focus on the main concepts of governance and management (accountability and autonomy), funding (changes towards performance based funding, student aid and tuition fees), and quality assurance (program accreditation and institutional evaluation) in higher education in different European countries. Based on extant literature the seminar will involve presentations, analysis and discussions of change processes at the policy and organizational levels.


The seminar will start with the lecture which will cover the main theoretical governance models of higher education. The topics for assignments and the suggested literature will be presented and students will choose the topics. Each of the seminars will have a presentation from students followed by a discussion.

All students are expected to actively participate in the seminar. Each of the sub-topics covered in the seminar will have compulsory readings. It is expected that students will work on the assignment, present it and participate in the discussions. The assignment will consist of a presentation on a given topic and an individual written 5000 words paper on a given topic. The number of participants of this seminar is limited to 20.


Seminar: Paper & Presentation (5 Credits)
Tutorial (Übung): Presentation (2,5 Credits)

To complete the module, two courses have to be completed, one as "Übung" (including a presentation), the other as a seminar (including a presentation and the submission of a seminar paper).

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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