The contribution of universities to regional development: social, cultural and environmental issues
Higher education institutions have always played an important role in the development of their respective regions. In this article, Francisco Marmolejo, the Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, states that this contribution cannot, nor indeed should not, restrict itself to economic development, but should include social, cultural and environmental considerations. This requires greater cooperation between institutions and with their communities and changes within the institutions, allowing that regional development activities are put on the same level as research and teaching.
Every single higher education institution (HEI) boasts of the importance it places on the development of the region in which it is located. A quick glance at the Mission Statement of practically any HEI will immediately bring to light the formal recognition that is given to the institution for its contributions to the well-being and progress of the community and beyond through the teaching and research services it provides.
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Francisco Marmolejo, Executive Director
Thursday, February 21, 2008