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Experience of Engagement between Universities and Cities: Drivers and Barriers in Three European Cities

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This paper draws on material from an OECD programme of reviews to examine the drivers and barriers to engagement by higher education institutions (HEIs) in the economic and social development of selected European cities. This is set in a context of recent academic debates about broader concepts of territorial development and the societal role of universities. The main section of the paper contrasts HEI contributions to economic innovation and combating social exclusion in Berlin, Jyväskylä, and Rotterdam. This shows that, where sustained engagement in economic related activities is generally encouraged by local development policies and intermediary organizations, this is not matched by equivalent drivers for social development, which leads to barriers created by the ad hoc and piecemeal nature of this engagement.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-08-01

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