COVID-19, higher education, Germany, governance, objectives, rules, university


Researchers admit that there will not be a quick return to "business as usual", especially related to internationalization, the financing of studies and universities, research and administration. The enabling research question is formulated as following: What is the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and university governance? The aim of the article is to examine the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and university governance underpinning the elaboration of implications for higher education. The study was of the qualitative nature. The exploratory study was implemented. The primary data collection of the study was voluntary carried out by a forum attendee in Germany on the 22nd September 2020. Focus group interview served as a method of data collection. Focus group interview was moderated and video-recorded as well as later made available online by the forum organizers. The video-recorded data were interpreted by the authors via structuring and summarising content analysis. The theoretical finding is that the COVID-19 pandemic is a factor that influences the university governance. The COVID-19 pandemic is an external factor in regard to university governance. Factor impact can be regulated. Factor impact can be increased or decreased according to the situation requirements. The empirical data allow concluding that the COVID-19 pandemic fastens the changes in governing the universities in Germany. Implications for higher education are presented. Research limitations are identified. Directions of further research are proposed.


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Author Biography

  • Jelena Zascerinska, Centre for Education and Innovation Research
    Jeļena Zaščerinska was awarded Dr. paed. Degree from the University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, in 2011. In January 2012 she became a leading researcher at the Centre for Education and Innovation Research, Riga, Latvia. Dr. paed. Jeļena Zaščerinska has been awarded a couple research grants to carry out interdisciplinary research. The research results are revealed in a number of scientific publications indexed by such publication databases as Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citations Index, DBLP, Library of Congress, etc that demonstrates a high quality of her published contributions. In 2012 Dr. paed. Jeļena Zaščerinska was bestowed expert rights by the Latvian Council of Science, Riga, Latvia. In December 2013 Dr. paed. Jeļena Zaščerinska was awarded expert rights by Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium. Since 2017 Dr. paed. Jeļena Zaščerinska acts as an expert at National Science Centre, Krakow, Poland. Since 2013 Dr. paed. Jeļena Zaščerinska has been actively acting as the Editorial Board Member and Reviewer in such international scientific journals as the Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR), International Journal of Modern Education Research (IJMER), International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research (IJLTER), Journal Current Issues in Education (CIE), International Journal of Modern Education Forum (IJMEF), etc. Dr. Jeļena Zaščerinska is a member of international research teams focused on interdisciplinary investigations of the inter-relationships between education, innovations and modern technologies.


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