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HEIs in Regional Development

Putting Universities in their Place – An Evidence Based Approach to Understanding the Contribution of Higher Education to Local and Regional Development

Expo organisers:

  • Mark Tewdwr-Jones and Louise Kempton, Newcastle University, UK
  • Paul Vallance, Sheffield University, UK
  • Maria Conceição Rego, Evora University, Portugal
  • Lucir Reinaldo Alves, Western Parana State University, Brazil
  • Mauricio Aguiar Serra, University of Campinas, Brazil

A summary of the expo is as follows:

There have been several attempts in recent years to create conceptual frameworks and models[1] to help universities and policy makers understand the role and contribution of higher education to local and regional development.  However these models have failed to fully reflect (or give insufficient attention to) the impact of the regional context (economic, social, political), the policy environment for higher education and territorial development and the diversity of management and leadership structures of universities themselves.  This has led to the development of static models that rarely work outside of the immediate context in which they were developed and therefore risk leading to design of policies that are not fit for purpose.  This Policy Expo will work with partners in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia to develop a new approach to thinking about the university that can be adapted to the specificity of institutional and local contexts.

[1] (e.g. the Triple or Quadruple Helix, The Entrepreneurial University, The Civic University)

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