“NEW PERSPECTIVES IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT”
Dynamic processes of knowledge infrastructures, innovative businesses and regions
Why do universities choose to contribute to regional economic development? Universities have many assets and facilities that can help drive regional economic development, but that is for the majority of higher education institutions that have the university name not a central part of what they do.
Central to the idea of a university is of independent, abstract learning and knowledge creation in a global knowledge commons, so why would universities tie themselves and be limited by opportunities for co-operation within the particular territory in which they are located? As universities are increasingly strategically managed to achieve their core goals, understanding why universities might choose to work with regions is essential to understanding the contributions that they can potentially make to economic development in general and recovery from the current economic crisis.
This subject was the focus of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies’ 2012 Conference, New Perspectives in Higher Education and Regional Development, which has been held at the University of Twente, the Netherlands on 30th October 2012.