“ The findings of this report show government spending cannot make economic water flow uphill . Local job attraction schemes, regional universities, small scale roads and major infrastructure are all expensive, but they do not appear to materially accelerate slow-growing regions . By not investing in regions where we can get the best return for our taxpayer dollars, we sacrifice higher overall productivity and economic growth.”
“ Worse, the regional equity approach has treated people unfairly. Governments have tended to divide recurrent and infrastructure funding between regions according to the number of existing residents, and have tended to under invest in “ bolting ” regions . Consequently, the people in rapidly growing regions near capital cities and on the coast get substantially less than their fair share of services and infrastructure. It would be fairer and more efficient to allocate more infrastructure funds according to the number of new residents . ”
14 regional, rural and inland universities in Australia
Higher education institutions can have a significant impact on regional economies
Universities have income and employment effects on regional areas
Universities enhance human capital and social capital through education
Beneficial spillover effects of research and higher human capital generate productivity improvements
These impacts often difficult to measure and assess
J. Rolfe (2008) “ How regional Universities contribute to regional economies ”
J. Rolfe (2008) “ How regional Universities contribute to regional economies ” Name of University SUT CSU SCU-Tweed CQU-Rok James Cook Total Impact($m) $114.2 $264 $12.8 $334.2 $445.3 Direct Impact ($m) $69.7 $129.3 $8.7 $177.3 $394.0 Number of students 3,212 8,200 666 3,666 13,341 Total Impact/Student $35,554 $32,195 $19,219 $91,162 $33,378 Multiplier 1.58 2.04 1.47 1.89 1.13 Year of Research 2000 2003 2005 2007 2008
Production Technology Centre http://www.ptw.hv.se/ A venue of 5500 square meters for scientists, developers within the production industry and students
Production Technology West, Trollhattan, Sweden
Researchers and industry in partnership
The research team are from University West in Trollhättan, western Sweden
Partnership with University West, Innovation Technology Park, Volvo Aero, Saab Automobile and work with a large number of other companies.
The research team and their lab equipment are located in PTC premises, i.e. in a neutral arena.
The researchers often work closely with the companies' operators. They tackle problems that are of high priority for the companies and come up with solutions that often need only small adjustments to be applicable to their production.
The researchers contribute something that the companies do not get when they run their own development projects
Working to produce solutions to particular problems
The researchers delve into the problems at a deeper level.
They produce knowledge that allows future problems to be solved too.