16. Policies Aimed at Strengthening Ties between Universities and Cities

  1. Sako Musterd5 and
  2. Zoltán Kovács6
  1. Krzysztof Stachowiak1,
  2. Rómulo Pinheiro2,
  3. Carla Sedini3 and
  4. Mari Vaattovaara4

Published Online: 5 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118554579.ch16

Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities

Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities

How to Cite

Stachowiak, K., Pinheiro, R., Sedini, C. and Vaattovaara, M. (2013) Policies Aimed at Strengthening Ties between Universities and Cities, in Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities (eds S. Musterd and Z. Kovács), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118554579.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 5

    Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. 6

    Institute of Geography, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

  2. 2

    Agderforskning and Department of Educational Research, University of Oslo, Norway

  3. 3

    Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy

  4. 4

    Department of Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470675038

Online ISBN: 9781118554579



  • university communities;
  • alumni networks;
  • business community;
  • city development


Universities are key resources in the cultural and business development of creative knowledge cities. They are generally highly integrated in the city and its economy, and play a crucial role in attracting and retaining talent. Strong ties between universities and cities seem to be essential conditions for further development. Policies may be developed to build on and enhance these strengths. Universities are also important for other reasons: national and international students visit the universities, and they create ‘anchor points’ for future settlers. They are key nodes in the networks of transnational migrants and migrants from inside the country, but also for all others who might be searching for jobs in growth sectors of the economy. Universities are vital elements in combination with personal networks and must be incorporated in urban policies.