The Academic Profession in the Knowledge-Based Society (APIKS) – Academic’s Perceptions of Changing Governance and Management of Universities

Duration of the project

01.06.2020. - 15.11.2020.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

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University of Vilnius
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Technical University of Dortmund

Project Manager

Prof. habil. Dr. Rimantas Želvys

Project goals

The aim of this project is to organize a conference on the similarities and differences in management and governance of the academic profession across the world. The conference is organised by the German-Lithuanian research team carrying out the Lithuanian case study of the international, survey-based research project “The Academic Profession in the Knowledge-Based Society (APIKS)”, which is conducted in more than 25 countries world-wide.

We aim to bring together researchers from different countries across the world to discuss their findings and engage in internationally comparative interpretation of their data. Based on this, we will edit a (special) issue in “Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia”. The conference will consist of two parts: 1) Early-career conference with workshops on quantitative methodology, comparative approaches, and publishing, 2) Main conference, which includes keynotes, parallel sessions in which participants present their research finding, plenary discussions and room for exchange on comparative publications.

Due to current restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the early-career conference will be organised in a completely digitalised format, while the main conference will be organised in a partly-digitalised format, in which a small group of participants from countries allowed to travel to Lithuanian will meet at Vilnius University in person with respect to hygiene requirements and regulations, while other participants can join the conference online.

Main activities and venues

Conference preparation: Preparation of conference concept, website, registration, conference programme etc. Institute of Educational Sciences, Vilnius University, Lithuania and Professorship of Higher Education, TU Dortmund, Germany, with regular exchanges via e-mail and in video-based telephone calls.

Early- career researchers’ conference, August 19, 2020, in fully digital format.

Conference “The Academic Profession in the Knowledge-Based Society (APIKS) – Changing Governance and Management of Universities”, August 20-21, 2020, Vilnius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Educational Sciences (Universiteto Str. 9, Vilnius, Lithuania) for a restricted number of participants (20) who need to register before, and in complementary digital format for all other participants. The event will be advertised broadly and available online for free to all interested stakeholders.

Lecture at TU Dortmund, November 11, 16:00-17:30, depending on regulations regarding COVID-19 pandemic either in digital format or at TU Dortmund University, Center for Higher Education, Professorship of Higher Education, CDI-building room 114, Vogelpothsweg 78, Dortmund, Germany.

Preparations for and editing of a (special) issue in the open-access journal “Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia” (guest-editors for the issue: Prof. Dr. Rimantas Želvys, Institute of Educational Sciences, Vilnius University, Lithuania and Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte, Professorship of Higher Education, TU Dortmund, Germany). The special issue will be prepared in close collaboration between the two professors in November, 2020.

Public events

International conference at Vilnius University: The Academic Profession in the Knowledge-Based Society (APIKS) – Changing Governance and Management of Universities, August 20-21, 2020, Vilnius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Educational Sciences, Universiteto Str. 9, Vilnius, Lithuania. Keynote speakers: Prof. Timo Aarrevaarra (University of Lapland, Finland), Prof. Ulrich Teichler (prof. emeritus University of Kassel, Germany), Prof. Monica Marquina (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina). Presentations of more than 15 countries of APIKS project results will take place in addition to the keynote speeches. The conference is organised in a partially on-site and partially digital format. For the first, the number of participants is limited and registration is required, the second is open to the general public.

Lecture at TU Dortmund: Presentation of the APIKS project’s Lithuanian case study by the Lithuanian partners Prof. Rimantas Želvys and Rūta Bružienė at the chair of Higher Education organized zhb Higher Education Research Colloquium, November 11, 16:00-17:30, TU Dortmund University, Center for Higher Education, Professorship of Higher Education, CDI-building room 114, Vogelpothsweg 78, Dortmund, Germany. This lecture is open to the general public; depending on regulations regarding COVID-19 pandemic it will take place either in digital format or physically at TU Dortmund University, Germany.

Direct and indirect target groups

Direct:

  • Conference participants (around 40 people from different countries across the world; the following countries will be represented with presentations: Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia)
  • PhD students and Postdocs related to the international APIKS project (ca. 15) as well as PhD students Vilnius University, Institute of Educational Sciences (ca. 10), who are invited to participate in the digital early-career conference so they can gain insights into internationally comparative research and network with PhD students and Postdocs from abroad.

Indirect:

  • Academic staff and administrators at Vilnius University or other Lithuanian universities, academic labour union representatives who are interested in the study and may participate in the conference in person (limited availability due to hygiene regulations) or digitally (ca. 25)
  • The international academic community in higher education research as well as administrators in higher education, which will benefit from publications published in the (special) issue of the Lithuanian educational journal and later, a book on the conference topic.
  • Administrators in higher education in the participating countries, who will benefit from the novel insights into the management and governance of universities generated by the project publications drawing on a comparative approach.