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Egyetem és a város
University and the City

Author(s): Zoltán Gál
Subject(s): Education, Geography, Regional studies, Higher Education , Sociology of Education
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: learning cities; higher education; innovation;

Summary/Abstract: The study examines the various roles played by universities in the development of their cities and regions in the context of the third and fourth missions’ literature discussing their economic, innovation and cultural functions. After summarizing the literature on the contribution of universities to urban and regional development, the paper looks through the most important theoretical considerations including the developmental role and the main features of the service university. It presents the main issues in which the mid-range universities in peripheral regions are different from the top universities located mainly in metropolitan areas. The paper deals with the regional aspects of educational and innovation functions of the Hungarian higher education sector and discusses those policy initiatives that contribute to the development of the local economy and the SME sector through the support of the HEI sector. The paper concludes that there is a need for stronger local and regional engagement of universities by strengthening service functions in order to adjust their training and research profiles to the needs of their local communities.

  • Issue Year: 25/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 220-233
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Hungarian