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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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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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Universities

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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Will the term ‘third mission’ become obsolete?

I argue that third mission activity is becoming core activity, and discuss issues of localism and internationalisation, in an article published today on the Universities UK blog: Nearly all universities have in their name the city or region in which they are based. Along with other so-called ‘anchor institutions’ such as hospitals, universities are deeply […]

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Nations, cities and universities

Bruce Katz, centennial scholar at the Brookings Institution and former Professor in Social Policy at LSE, recently wrote a blog arguing that “In 2016, Nations May Govern But Cities Rule”. He says: the locus of problem-solving is devolving downward. Cities have become the engines of national economies and the vanguard of economic and social innovation. […]