HEM4220 – Organisation, Governance and Management of Higher Education

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Course content

Organisation, Governance and Management of Higher Education consists of two units:

1. Higher education governance and policy

This unit focuses on system-level governance of higher education and the relationship between governance models and change within higher education institutions. Themes of lectures include:

  • competing models of governance
  • governance components, such as policy and management
  • examination of processes of change at the level of the higher education institutions

2. Higher education management

Higher education governance and leadership models are explored in relation to the following areas:

  • institutional planning
  • budgeting and financial management
  • evaluation and quality management
  • legal issues with respect to higher education administration
  • the application of higher education research to the practical problems of higher education administration

Topics included in the unit are amongst others

  • the relationship between state, market and the academic profession
  • intellectual property rights
  • the evaluation of educational programmes, research and institutions
  • models of public financing and institutional allocation
  • the relationship between higher education institutions and their environment
  • disciplinary and administrative cultures and leadership

Learning outcome

The aim of the first unit is to provide you with a theoretical foundation in higher education governance and leadership models.

The aim of the second unit is to provide you with an understanding of the concept of governance and the conditions under which change in higher education takes place and of the consequences of attempts by governmental agencies and institutional leaders, to promote or enable change. As an important element in this, you will also learn what role quality plays in the current governance shifts that take place with respect to higher education.


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The units offer lectures and seminars relating to the described subjects. Each unit is offered in block form, consisting of one introductory lecture, lectures and seminars, and case studies. There will be opportunities for you to present and reflect on their own experiences of change and the policy process.

The following must be completed and approved by the course teacher before the student may submit the exam for each unit:

  • 80 per cent attendance


You are required to write one paper for each unit based on the course literature. The papers ought not to exceed more than 7 pages in length. The papers will be reviewed by the involved teaching staff.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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