Managing regional engagement: The role of benchmarking

David Charles*, Bruce Wilson

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In recent years there has been an increasing interest in the role of the university, the process of regional engagement and the impact of university activities on the economic and social development of the region. There has been interest in both the deepening and the broadening of activity – deepening in terms of increasing intensity of activity and a desire to increase impact, and broadening in the range of forms of engagement and the kinds of interventions and partnerships being developed. This increasing activity has been backed by a greater strategic awareness within some universities of this role, the emergence of greater managerial involvement and oversight and the creation of university-wide strategies and structural changes. Driving all of this has been a greater expectation on the part of civic society that universities will recognize local needs and challenges and take their engagement seriously, backed up in some cases by resources from government and benefactors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversities and Regional Development
Subtitle of host publicationA Critical Assessment of Tensions and Contradictions
EditorsRómulo Pinheiro, Paul Benneworth, Glen A. Jones
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781136281785
ISBN (Print)9780203112298
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2012


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