Involving Universities in Regional Upgrading in the Periphery: Lessons from Northern Europe

Paul Stephen Benneworth, Rómulo Pinheiro

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This chapter presents and discusses two cases of regional upgrading involving public-run universities in two Northern European countries, Norway and the Netherlands. More specifically, it illuminates how academic groups associated with the field of medicine took pro-active steps to establish and further develop regional coalitions which, over time, have resulted in situated learning. The focus on processes of university-regional engagement and mutual satisfaction in a context where universities are pressured to be globally excellent allow lessons to be drawn for regions in Southern Europe. Subtle transfer is nevertheless required to account for universities’ autonomies and organisational capacity to embed engagement at the institutional level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegional Upgrading in Southern Europe
Subtitle of host publicationSpatial Disparities and Human Capital
EditorsMadalena Fonseca, Ugo Fratesi
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-49818-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-49817-1
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in spatial science
ISSN (Print)1430-9602


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