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Tiers of Engagement by Universities in their Region's Development


  • Gerry Boucher
  • Cheryl Conway
  • Els Van Der Meer


BOUCHER G., CONWAY C. and VAN DER MEER E. (2003) Tiers of engagement by universities in their region's development, Reg. Studies 37, 887-897. This paper identifies structural, institutional and social factors that interact to shape the participation of mostly European universities in their region's development. The interactions of these factors can foster or hinder the contributions of universities to their region's development. These factors include regionalization of the higher education system, regional identity and networks, type of region and university. Of particular importance at the university level are competition and hierarchy effects between universities in a region. The existence and level of these effects are used to generate four categories of tiers of engagement by universities in their region' s development.BOUCHER G., CONWAY C. et VAN DER MEER E. (2003) Les niveaux d'engagement des universites dans l'amenagement du territoire, Reg. Studies 37, 887-897. Cet article cherche a identifier les facteurs structurels, institutionnels et sociaux qui agissent les uns sur les autres afin de determiner la participation des universites, europeennes pour la plupart, dans le developpement de leur region. L'interaction de ces facteurs risquent d'encourager ou d'entraver la participation des universites au developpement de leur region, y compris la regionalisation de l'enseignement superieur, l'image de marque et les reseaux regionaux, les caracteristiques de la region et de l'universite. D'une importance particuliere au niveau de l'universite sont les effets de la concurrence et de la hierachie pour ce qui est des universites au sein d'une meme region. On se sert de la presence et l'ampleur de ces effets afin d'esquisser quatre niveaux d'engagement par les universites dans le developpement de leur region. BOUCHER G., CONWAY C. und VAN DER MEER E. (2003) Stufen des Engagements von Universitaten bei der Entwicklung ihrer Region, Reg. Studies 37, 887-897. Dieser Aufsatz stellt strukturelle, institutionelle und soziale Faktoren heraus, die auf einander einwirken und damit die Beteiligung der meist europaischen Universitaten an der Entwicklung ihrer Region pragen. Die Wechselwirkungen dieser Faktoren konnen die von Universitaten zur Entwicklung ihrer Region geleisteten Beitrage fordern oder hindern. Die Faktoren schliessen Regionalisierung des hoheren Bildungsswesens, regionale Identitat und Netzwerke, Typ der Region und Universitat ein. Auf Universitatsebene sind Wettbewerbs-und Hierarchiewirkungen zwischen Universitaten einer Region von besonderer Bedeutung. Vorkommen und Ausmass dieser Wirkungen werden dazu benutzt, vier Kategorien des Engagements der Universitaten bei der Entwicklung ihrer Region aufzustellen.

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  • Gerry Boucher & Cheryl Conway & Els Van Der Meer, 2003. "Tiers of Engagement by Universities in their Region's Development," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(9), pages 887-897.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:37:y:2003:i:9:p:887-897
    DOI: 10.1080/0034340032000143896

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