Universities and Regional Development: A Critical Assessment of Tensions and Contradictions

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Rómulo Pinheiro, Paul Benneworth, Glen A. Jones
Routledge, Jun 25, 2012 - Education - 288 pages
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Universities are under increasing pressure to help promote socio-economic growth in their local communities. However until now, no systematic, critical attention has been paid to the factors and mechanisms that currently make this process so daunting. In Universities and Regional Development, scholars from Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia critically address this knowledge gap, focusing on policy, organization, and the role of individual actors to uncover the challenges facing higher education institutions as they seek to engage with their regions.

In a systematic and comparative manner, this book shows internal and external audiences why, how, and when the institutionalization of universities’ "third missions" should take place, and also:

    • challenges conventional wisdom about the role of universities in society and the economy
    • demonstrates how institutions in different nations and regions cope with local engagement
    • combines the latest national, regional and local research with international perspectives
    • integrates diverse conceptual and disciplinary frameworks

Universities and Regional Development is a key resource for researchers and students of higher education and territorial development, educational policy makers, and university managers seeking to engage with the world beyond their university.


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PART 1 Setting the Stage for the Discussion and Analysis
PART 2 Tensions Derived from Path and ResourceDependencies
PART 3 Tensions Derived from the Role of Dominant PlayersModels Legitimacy and Symbolic Compliance
PART 4 Tensions Derived from Strategic Planning Processes
PART 5 Making Sense of the Findings and Proposing a Way Forward

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Rómulo Pinheiro is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Oslo and a senior researcher at AgderResearch/the Center for Advanced Studies in Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS), in Norway

Paul Benneworth is a senior researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente in the Netherlands

Glen A. Jones is the Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement and Professor of Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

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