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Universities: harnessing their superpowers

Universities: harnessing their superpowers

Universities have a presence in nearly every major town and city in the world and they should be at the centre of regional regeneration and international partnership building.

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Universities are an undervalued force for development. With a presence in nearly every major town and city in the world, they should be at the centre of regional regeneration and international partnership building. But too often the potential powers they have are overlooked.

Although some universities are leading the way in city-building efforts, more needs to be done to deliver the full benefit for both universities and the places in which they operate.

Looking to Toronto as a global example, this report gives some concrete examples of how universities’ hidden superpowers can be deployed:

  • How universities can team up with cities to solve societal challenges – and why it’s so urgent that they do 
  • What can be achieved when all the universities in a city come together, for example on a single research project
  • How some universities are blurring the lines between campus and city: anything from a laboratory for the city to cinematic lecture theatres
  • How universities can be a ‘window on the world’ for the place in which they operate - and how partnerships that cross the globe benefit relations with partners on the university’s doorstep
  • The forces that are shaping future local decision making: from city diplomats to powerful city ministries and how universities can engage with them

Download the full report Universities: harnessing their superpowers.
 

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