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ERIC Number: EJ863904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
From Silicon Valley to Phoenix Industries
Puukka, Jaana
New England Journal of Higher Education, v24 n2 p24-25 Fall 2009
As university leaders have long argued, the contribution of higher education to national and regional economies is considerable. Although the importance of universities in their local economies is not usually contested, much more should and could be done to take full advantage of higher education in regional and city development. Why have the connections between the higher education institutions and their regions and the local industries been bent or broken? In Europe, many higher education institutions developed to serve traditional industries in their regions during the first half of the 20th century were later incorporated into national systems of higher education. Universities focused on their national standing, which weakened their local ties. In the United States, the "land grant" institutions connected their own welfare to that of the regions, and served the regions through industrial extension services. Over the years, these links were weakened as universities focused on technology transfer and diversifying their funding streams from products with limited relation to the local economy. Pursuing a regional agenda is a tough challenge for research-intensive universities with their focus on national and international excellence. This author explains how a thriving regional economy benefits the universities in innumerable ways.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States