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ERIC Number: EJ850709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Down under, Higher Education Drives Economic Development
Silka, Linda
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n2 p21-22 Fall 2008
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) exemplifies the engagement work at the forefront of Australia's efforts to move its universities into a central role in addressing the global economy. QUT not only has devoted much discussion to how a university might stimulate the creative economy (or, as they call it, "creative industry"), but has also put many of the ideas into practice. Kelvin Grove Urban Village is one result. This award-winning redesign in Brisbane is not just bricks and mortar, nor is it simply programs. It is both. Small businesses in the creative industry have been established and linked to university programs. QUT moved its health programs and biotechnology research initiatives to Kelvin Grove. Faltering elder housing has been redesigned. The university's engagement with the city of Brisbane and the state of Queensland has been central to the success of these efforts. Many such initiatives are now emerging across Australia. In New England, engagement partnerships like those at Australia's QUT are becoming more common as universities look to address the global economy. As New England institutions of higher education become involved in engagement--and as they struggle with how to engage without losing academic focus--what might be learned from the far-flung Australian universities? In this article, the author explains how these challenges may be addressed by examining Australian college and university forays into community engagement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Maine; Massachusetts