Universities are under increasing pressure to help promote socio-economic growth in their local communities. Until now, though, no systematic, critical attention has been paid to the factors and mechanisms that make this process so daunting. In Universities and Regional Development, authors 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 look to affect regional development.
In a systematic, critical, and comparative manner, Universities and Regional Development shows internal and external audiences why, how, and when higher education’s "third mission" should take place. The book:
- 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, educational policy makers, and university managers seeking to engage with the world beyond their campus.