The Student City: Strategic Planning for Student Communities in EU Cities
Student communities are without doubt a strategic resource for urban development. Students are the citizens and the highly-skilled working class of tomorrow. They keep cities lively and diverse. They are consumers of cultural and recreational facilities. They have a distinct expenditure pattern that in some cases is crucial to support the economy of specific areas or neighbourhoods. Increased student mobility at the international level is a major vector of socioeconomic cohesion between regions of Europe. potential information on students' communities is generally scarce: students are an 'invisible population', being given little space in local policy. Cooperation between education institutions and city planners is often lacking. Cities are passive towards their universities' foreign relations. Attention is paid to student settlements only on those occasions when they become a source of problems or costs for the local community.
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