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Successful universities towards the improvement of regional competitiveness: „Fourth Generation” universities


  • Lukovics, Miklós
  • Zuti, Bence


Nowadays several successful examples prove that universities have a quite intense role in the improvement of competitiveness of certain territories and in many cases they have an active role in endeavors regarding economic development. Modern economic development demands that due to the increased social and economic commitments the traditional (education and research) activities of the universities should broaden. To be able to exploit their optimal potential regarding economic development, high quality education is a necessary but not sufficient factor. High-standard research and the adaptation of research outputs by the local economy are also necessary. Through this the competitiveness of enterprises will increase that may result in the increase of competitiveness in the region. However, these processes and effects improve the competitiveness of a certain territory through direct or indirect, mainly complex transposals. These processes and effects may vary in case of regions with different competitiveness. The goal of this study is to review and systematize the active and passive activities of universities that serve the improvement of regional competitiveness. We explore the success factors, „bricks” with which we can characterize the internationally successful universities that have significant impact on local economic development.

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  • Lukovics, Miklós & Zuti, Bence, 2013. "Successful universities towards the improvement of regional competitiveness: „Fourth Generation” universities," MPRA Paper 77621, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:77621

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    1. Harvey Goldstein & Catherine Renault, 2004. "Contributions of Universities to Regional Economic Development: A Quasi-experimental Approach," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(7), pages 733-746.
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    1. Balazs Kotosz, 2016. "University impact evaluation: Counterfactual methods," ERSA conference papers ersa16p735, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Lukovics, Miklós & Zuti, Bence, 2016. "Modern universities in a digital environment," MPRA Paper 77459, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Kotosz, Balázs & Lukovics, Miklós & Molnár, Gabriella & Zuti, Bence, 2015. "How to Measure the Local Economic Impact of Universities? Methodological Overview," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, pages 3-19.
    4. Zuti, Bence & Lukovics, Miklós, 2014. "How to Measure the Local Economic Impact of the Universities’ Third Mission Activities?," MPRA Paper 77573, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Balazs Kotosz & Marie-France Gaunard-Anderson & Miklos Lukovics, 2015. "International Inequalities in The Local Economic Impact of Universities: The Case of Hungary and France," ERSA conference papers ersa15p777, European Regional Science Association.
    6. Lukovics, Miklós & Zuti, Bence, 2015. "A „negyedik generációs” egyetemek szerepe a tudáshasznosításban
      [The Role of „Fourth Generation” Universities in Knowledge Management]
      ," MPRA Paper 77622, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Regional development; planning and policy; regional competitiveness;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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