16 mrt 2012 - De economische potentie van Universiteiten wordt mede bepaald door de mate waarin hun steden scoren op stedelijke kwaliteiten aldus prof. Philip McCann in een door de Vereniging Deltametropool georganiseerde serie bijeenkomsten.
De belangrijkste lessen over kennisclusters:
Knowledge Clusters was the last lecture and expert meeting of the International Perspectives (tIP) series organised by Deltametropolis Association in cooperation with the universities of the Randstad Holland. The series, which started in September 2011, consisted of seven lectures which reflect on how facilities or activities transform an urban area into a metropolis. This time, the lecture which took place the last Thursday 08 March at VU University Amsterdam, was given by the guest speaker Philip McCann, Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato, Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Groningen and special advisor of Johannes Hahn, EU commissioner for regional policy Higher education, cities and region. Reflections on the content applied to the Dutch context were given after the lecture and also during an early expert meeting with the intervention of Henri de Groot, Professor in Regional Economics and Dynamics at the hosting university and Maurits de Hoog, professor in Regional and metropolitan design at TU Delft.
Overall, the content of the lecture outlined the role of universities in the production of knowledge and how it relates to places and spaces depends on the wider changes which are happening as the result of globalisation and the role that particular cities and regions are playing in that process. The lecture was structured in three part addressing three important aspects as follows.