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Jennelle Kyd-Eidos Sustainable Development in Resource Intensive Regions


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Jennelle Kyd-Eidos Sustainable Development in Resource Intensive Regions

  1. 1. Contributing to regional development through education and research Prof. Jennelle Kyd Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Research) CQUniversity Australia
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Universities and regional Economic advantages; </li></ul><ul><li>The need for long-term collaborative partnerships; </li></ul><ul><li>How co-location contributes to an investment in knowledge; </li></ul><ul><li>Changes to the University to better serve the regional needs. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Universities in regions: <ul><li>earn income, spend that income and attract students that spend; </li></ul><ul><li>conduct research on regional issues and/or commercial applications; </li></ul><ul><li>can contribute to the social and cultural life of the region, and </li></ul>
  4. 4. Universities: <ul><li>educate the labour force and help attract industries </li></ul>
  5. 5. Grattan Institute Report <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Grattan Institute Report <ul><li>“ 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 . ” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Did they get the value proposition right?
  8. 8. Economic Advantages of Regional Universities <ul><li>14 regional, rural and inland universities in Australia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>176,000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Higher education institutions can have a significant impact on regional economies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities have income and employment effects on regional areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities enhance human capital and social capital through education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beneficial spillover effects of research and higher human capital generate productivity improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These impacts often difficult to measure and assess </li></ul>J. Rolfe (2008) “ How regional Universities contribute to regional economies ”
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Conclusions from Economic Impacts Study <ul><li>Regional universities are essential for regional areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct economic impacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution to skills base (human capital) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution to social capital, equity and attractiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Major longer term benefits to Australia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowers cost of service provision to regions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underpins skills base of key industries and areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintains growth and opportunities in regions </li></ul></ul>J. Rolfe (2008) “ How regional Universities contribute to regional economies ”
  11. 11. Can Universities be key to their community identity? Oxford Bologna Dartmouth
  12. 12. Gladstone-
  13. 13. Gladstone campus- the future?
  14. 14. Production Technology Centre A venue of 5500 square meters for scientists, developers within the production industry and students
  15. 15. Production Technology West, Trollhattan, Sweden <ul><li>Researchers and industry in partnership </li></ul><ul><li>The research team are from University West in Trollhättan, western Sweden </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with University West, Innovation Technology Park, Volvo Aero, Saab Automobile and work with a large number of other companies. </li></ul><ul><li>The research team and their lab equipment are located in PTC premises, i.e. in a neutral arena. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The researchers contribute something that the companies do not get when they run their own development projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working to produce solutions to particular problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The researchers delve into the problems at a deeper level. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They produce knowledge that allows future problems to be solved too. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Equipment <ul><li>The equipment is located at the Production Technology Centre (PTC). </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment in the PTC is owned by both University West and contributing partners. </li></ul><ul><li>All collaboration partners have access to all equipment by agreement or hire. </li></ul><ul><li>It is also used for university teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>All machines are the same as those used in industry. </li></ul><ul><li>There are also advanced computer resources for research in virtual manufacturing. </li></ul><ul><li>This partnership has made it one of the best equipped labs in Sweden for research on production processes in the manufacturing industry. </li></ul>
  17. 17. It is how we all engage in the opportunity a University presence presents that makes the difference
  18. 18. Having The Right conversations Can be a major challenge
  19. 20. Industry Partnerships <ul><li>Many types of relationships: </li></ul><ul><li>“ One-night stands ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Dating ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Marriages (and sometimes polygamies) ” </li></ul>
  20. 21. What are we hearing? <ul><li>Educated work-force </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skilled trades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education institutions to be responsive </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties sometimes in having the right conversations </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t know what you could do for us? </li></ul>
  21. 22. CQUniversity developments <ul><li>Modes of education to suit the modern student diversity </li></ul>
  22. 23. CQUniversity developments <ul><li>Comprehensive Tertiary Institution (Dual Sector) </li></ul>WHY?
  23. 24. New to Research <ul><li>Engaged Research Chairs </li></ul><ul><li>Human Factors and Safety Research Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Research Network </li></ul>
  24. 25. New to Engagement <ul><li>To improve our side of engagement: </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-Vice Chancellor (Community & Engagement) – Dr Pierre Viljoen </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship management system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E- D N A </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improving the “front door” </li></ul>
  25. 26. Mutuality The mutual recognition and support of the roles each of us play will help build stronger, more dynamic and sustainable regions