The Role of Universities in Regional Development

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Arnold van Zyl, Rector Chemnitz University of Technology

In addition to the classic functions of research and teaching, universities worldwide are fulfilling additional functions within their communities. This activity is generally described as the so-called “third mission” of the university and reflects the transfer of knowledge through various forms of community engagement with a wide range of stakeholders… This paper reflects on the differences in approach with respect to the third mission of universities in the global South and global North, and describes the advantages, benefits and risks for the universities and the associated stakeholders. …In the Global South — characterized by a high birth rate — the demographic structure results in an enormous demand for higher education….


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