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Resilient cities, resilient sectors

“How do you keep partnering with cities over an entire generation? Not just to 2020 but 2030, because that’s when we’ll see the kinds of change we’re really looking for.”

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Is connectivity important for universities?

Just as isolated cities will struggle to attract skilled workers and international businesses, universities that aren’t connected will struggle to become conduits of knowledge

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The difference 33 years can make

The returns to primary education (whether social or private) are the highest among all educational levels… Top priority should be given to primary education as a form of human resource investment. Psacharopoulos, 1981, p.326, p.333 Such studies had considerable influence at the World Bank and contributed to a reduction in funding for higher education in […]

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Are interregional relations the new international relations?

Universities can link important second-tier cities that are often growing faster and are more innovative

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History, policy and development

In policy both the medium and long term are often sacrificed in favour of the short term

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The Paradise Group and other unrelated musings

A new “Russell Group type” alliance of the top universities in Africa will bring together 15 universities from 8 countries. Notwithstanding the difficulties of coordinating activity from Lagos to Pretoria and from Dakar to Kampala – and research collaboration is one of the main aims – such a group is overdue. One of the strengths […]

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Brain drain and mobile talent: where international development and higher education overlap

Efforts to improve retention or to attract skilled people will fail if the place itself isn’t an attractive destination to live and work

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Anchor tenants

It may not always be enough to be within a particular city. Sometimes it matters exactly where you are

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POLAR for the world – splitting countries into 7,500 sections

September 2019 update: The Office for Students has introduced an experimental but more sophisticated successor to POLAR called TUNDRA. Wonkhe have published a helpful summary with some of the limitations and context. The links below may no longer work following the closure of HEFCE, but POLAR can be found on the same page as TUNDRA. […]

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How universities can help ‘smart cities’ become transformative (and why leapfrogging is difficult)

Cities are constantly in states of flow, and can easily be locked into patterns of behaviour that over time can have serious consequences