Strong relationships with cities critical to future of PSE

May 8, 2014

2 researchers have suggested ways to strengthen the ties between universities and their surrounding communities. Noting that universities often remain “physically in, yet functionally separated from their metropolitan context,” the authors of a forthcoming paper argue that universities have the potential to become “altruistic actors” that help pursue urban improvement and provide space for public participation. The authors also suggest that the pressure on universities to commercialize research at the federal and provincial scale has overshadowed the immediate, and potentially farther reaching, impact university-led innovation can have on evolving urban regions. They cite university partnerships with immigrant organizations and environmental and labour groups as encouraging signs that universities’ involvement in exurban areas can help mend town and gown divides. University Affairs