PASCAL Associates at the UNESCO Learning Cities meeting in Mexico City
Written by Leone Wheeler on 02 Dec 2014 02:26 pm
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the Government of Mexico City invited Global Learning Cities Network (GLCN) members and experts in the field to a two day meeting in Mexico City on the 19th and 20th November with overarching themes of:
PASCAL Online 2014
Written by John Tibbitt on 02 Dec 2014 11:46 am
The report featured below provides a summary of PASCAL’s growing online profile:
Public Seminar: The Idea of the University for the 21st Century – 9 December, 2014
Written by Franny Martens on 30 Nov 2014 10:29 am
Start: Dec 9 2014 10:30
RMIT University – Swanston Academic Building
445 Swanston Street
Starting from the observation that there is no longer a unifying “idea of the university” and that this might constitute a problem, in this presentation Professor Kehm will first present the idea of (European) university development as a sequence of generations.
EU H2020 – Information Session at University of Melbourne, 4th December 2014
Written by Franny Martens on 30 Nov 2014 10:11 am
Start: Dec 4 2014 09:00
University of Melbourne
Upper East Room, University House, Professors Walk
You are invited to an information session on Thursday, 4th December 2014 to discuss opportunities for collaboration with the European Union under the EU Horizon 2020 program with representatives of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation from the European Commission in Brussels.
Tackling Early Learning from Education and Training in Europe
Written by Honor Hania on 28 Nov 2014 06:14 pm
Subscribers may be interested in the note from Eurydice just received. The report – Tackling Early Leaving from Education and Training in Europe – is featured below.
ACU Engage Community launch, Thursday 4 December and GUNI seminar, Thursday 11 December 2014
Written by Frances Gaughan on 27 Nov 2014 02:42 pm
On the occasion of this year’s Talloires Network Leaders Conference 2014 (TLNC), and building on the responses to the Beyond 2015 campaign, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) ia launching the ACU Engage Community, a new global network for universities committed to engaging with their local, national and regional communities.
Bruce Wilson meets President van Rompuy
Written by Amanda Crichton on 26 Nov 2014 11:25 am
Bruce Wilson, Director of PASCAL, was in Brisbane on Sunday 16 November where the EU centre that he directs at RMIT co-sponsored an event with the President of the European Council (Herman van Rompuy) and the new EC Vice President Dombrovskis. Here he is seen greeting President van Rompuy.
NEP: New Economics Papers – Social Norms and Social Capital – 22-11-2014
Written by Fabio Sabatini on 26 Nov 2014 09:50 am
In this issue we feature 11 current papers on the theme of social capital:
Benifiting from transnational experience – migration and the role of lifelong learning – Policy Briefing from PASCAL International Observatory
Written by Marta Moskal on 26 Nov 2014 09:42 am
This briefing highlights some emerging issues faced by migrants, and cities and regions in relation to lifelong learning policy and practice, particularly in the UK context.
PASCAL International Observatory Site Digest
Written by Judith Jensen on 07 Jul 2014 03:11 pm
Subscribers will recall that the Australian Learning Communities Network held a Regional Conference in May in Townsville. I think we all agree it was a great program with lots of opportunities to develop our skills. It has taken a little while but I have now updated the webpage to include the presenters’ powerpoints as well as our report at this link; the report is also featured below for easy access.
Written by Glen Postle on 07 Jul 2014 01:59 pm
On 30 May 2014, Cr. Paul Antonio, Mayor of the Toowoomba Regional Council in Queensland, Australia launched the book, Community Capacity building: Lessons from adult learning in Australia, published by NIACE and edited by Professor Glen Postle, Professor Lorelle Burton and Professor Patrick Danaher, all academics at the University of Southern Queensland(USQ) in Toowoomba.
Written by Peter Kearns on 06 Jul 2014 07:35 am
IxD&A (Interaction Design and Architecture (s)) Journal has produced a special issue on “People Centered Smart Territories: Design, Learning & Analytics” (No 20, Spring 2014) This issue provides a useful reminder that we need to move beyond technology in considering the Smart City approach.
Written by Alan Foster on 05 Jul 2014 01:44 am
Start: Nov 13 2014
End: Nov 13 2014
Minerva Hall, Royal Dublin Society
Merrion Road, Ballsbridge
The UIA cordially invites you to send two representatives to its 8th UIA Associations Round Table – Europeon Thursday 13 and Friday 14 November in Dublin.
The UIA Round Table is an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice. Meet decision-makers from other international associations and share experience and knowledge to help you run your organization better.
Written by Karsten Krueger on 04 Jul 2014 01:18 am
It has long been recognised that Europe is facing a number of socio-economic and demographic challenges. Increasing globalisation, rapid technological change, an ageing population, improving the level of education; increasing social and labour risks and the demands of a more knowledge- and skills-intensive European labour market, have resulted in the need to provide adults with opportunities to increase their skill levels in order to meet these challenges [European Commission (EC) 2010a].
Written by Carme Royo on 03 Jul 2014 12:04 am
We are pleased to share with you the first Connect-VET electronic newsletter showcasing activities between Vocational Training Organisations and SMEs.
Written by Teresa Torres on 02 Jul 2014 11:36 pm
Gender-role stereotypes are barriers to women trying to access education, choosing the course they want to study (for example, nursing versus engineering) and participating in lifelong learning. And in the job market, salaries, promotion opportunities and professional development all reflect gender inequalities. In both cases – a professional career and access to education and lifelong learning – reality shows that the personal factors derived from caring for dependent persons and greater family responsibilities are the main causes of the inequalities between men and women.
Written by Judith James on 02 Jul 2014 07:59 am
On May 21st 2014 Swansea University hosted a Symposium entitled Entrepreneurial Learning City Regions. It was attended by forty-five invited delegates drawn from the Swansea Learning City initiative and from a number of countries engaged in developing entrepreneurial learning city regions.
Written by Mike Osborne on 02 Jul 2014 01:00 am
The fourth edition of WORLD CITIES SUMMIT (WCS), held from 1–4 June, attracted 1,168 senior-level participants, including 129 mayors and city leaders, 26 ministers and 80 internationally renowned speakers, from 67 countries and regions.
PASCAL recently posted a policy brief on the role of the ‘regional-intensive’ university. Recent days have seen some other important contributions on this and related issues in a variety of media. This note is intended to highlight some of the points made, to supplement and exemplify the discussion in the policy paper.
All the pieces referred to below have been the subject of posts on PASCAL’s twitter account. For those who do not access this, and as a development of PASCAL’s observatory function, this note is also a kind of prototype digest to reflect current activity and comment on issues pertinent to the PASCAL themes.
Universities in England can be clustered in a number of ways: one such is according to ‘research intensity’. Using these clusters, Ulrichsen (2014) has highlighted the differences between clusters on a number of criteria, summarised in the table below:
The resources for research are clearly strikingly different across these clusters. The main focus of his study is the knowledge exchange performance among universities in England. As part of this he has analysed the areas of greatest contribution to economic development as reported by each university principal. The table below summarises the replies, and shows clearly the very different patterns of contribution by universities in different ‘research intensity’ clusters. It seems clear that the likelihood of the greatest contribution being at regional level is strongly associated with the lower ‘research-intensity’ clusters whereas the greatest contribution of the higher ‘research intensity’ clusters is concentrated on national contributions. See the table below.
This diversity in orientation and impact is not surprising. It has been highlighted in the engagement profiling work undertaken by PASCAL within its study of university regional engagement. Most regions in England contain universities drawn from several of these clusters, but it does raise questions about the benefit local regions receive from their local universities, particularly those in the higher ‘research intensive’ clusters, and indicates a need for cities and regions to link strategically with higher education institutions in their areas to secure maximum benefit from these assets in their midst.
The Centre for Cities is conducting a series of studies on city economies. Their report on linking universities and business offers a series of case studies in the UK and elsewhere showing different ways in which universities, high-growth firms and cities can collaborate. (Clarke and Williams, 2014)
Some take advantage of their strong brand (most likely to be from the high research-intensive clusters described above), whilst others build strong cross-border university – business networks to build scale.
The authors show that cities need to be clear what their role is in encouraging participation by graduate alumnae and growing firms in flexible innovation eco-systems.
You can find a link to the full report here.
The changing relationship between cities and universities in Canada is examined in an interesting piece from Addie and Keil (2014). Observing that many universities remain physically in cities but are often largely functionally separate from them, the authors draw attention to a series of developments in Canadian cities in which universities are more widely engaged in promoting economic development and adapting to changing city demographics and settlement patterns
The authors draw particular attention to the importance of knowledge mobilisation for the shaping of both economic development and the civic agenda in cities. Despite the pressures arising from Government interest in global rankings and commercialisation of research for economic development, it is in the development of closer city-university synergies that many opportunities for social and economic impact lie.
You can read the article here.
An interesting blog from the World Bank reflects on discussion at the recent World Urban Forum on steps which must be taken to secure the promise of urbanisation. The outcome was a re-affirmation of the well-established principles of capacity building, including emphasis not only on knowledge transfer, but also on the development of human resources, effective organisations and enabling institutions. All this requires strong political backing and the strengthening of supply capacity.
The blog goes on to explore issues about who needs to learn, what is to be learned, and who has relevant knowledge. In the face of rapidly developing and changing city populations, th paper emphasises the importance of co-production of knowledge and the need for establishing broadly based learning networks, both formal and informal and virtual.
Widening circles of learning are needed to understand different stakeholders’ understandings of problems, priorities and acceptable solutions. Learning needs to be contextualised and localised to be useful to learning networks. This needs to be supported often by profound changes in professional education programmes.
Read the full article here.
Between them, the pieces identified here span many of the issues for the development of the learning city, and provide practical examples of ways in which aspects of this process are being addressed in several parts of the world. Through its own programme on learning cities 2020, PASCAL will be contributing to these processes through networks, workshops and projects in several cities over the next year or so. Keep in touch through this website or on social media as we seek to develop practice in this key aspect of social and economic development around the globe.
PASCAL vice-chair for policy engagement