The city and the campus: time to invest in talent
Increased EU targets for research spending, a paucity of domestic education funding and concerns about the accessibility of higher education have inspired recent conversations surrounding how best to support innovation and economic growth in the Netherlands. But investment in knowledge doesn’t stop at researchers and technology.
Investing in talented minds requires establishing ecosystems to accommodate them during studies and beyond, a reality made more urgent by ambitious university admissions targets. With its thirteen research universities consistently ranked in the top 250 worldwide, The Netherlands continues to draw international students and young professionals with inexpensive English-taught coursesand excellent job prospects. This emerging generation of students and young professionals require inspiring facilities in which to learn, research, live and work. Accommodating, retaining and maximising the catalytic benefits of talent in Dutch university-cities will therefore require collaboration, strong partnerships and significant financial investment in the built environment.
What options do cash-strapped universities have to leverage resources towards improving campus facilities? How is technology changing the demands on/opportunities for educational facilities? What opportunities do urban campus districts hold for investors? What role do cities, universities and accommodation providers play in making the Netherlands an attractive place to study, innovate or grow a business? What will the Dutch university-city of the future look like?