Higher Education and Regional Development

Tales from Northern and Central Europe

  • Rómulo Pinheiro
  • Mitchell Young
  • Karel Šima

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Rómulo Pinheiro, Karel Šima, Mitchell Young, Jan Kohoutek
    Pages 1-20
  3. Helena Šebková, Inna Čábelková, Vladimír Roskovec
    Pages 21-51
  4. Michaela Šmídová, Inna Čábelková
    Pages 79-110
  5. Mitchell Young, Rómulo Pinheiro, Karel Šima
    Pages 191-212
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-218

About this book


This book analyses the role of universities as critical actors in the socio-economic development of peripheral regions in Norway and the Czech Republic. Examining the ambiguities of the traditional mission of a university in comparison to contemporary demands, the editors and contributors move past single-case analyses to adopt an integrated conceptual and analytical framework. The authors question whether universities can indeed ‘fix’ the conditions of any region they operate in, as is a common assumption, by examining peripheral regions, many of which have been devastated by natural or man-made disasters. Simultaneously acknowledging the complexities at the heart of both higher education institutions and regions, this book brings together a set of critical contributions that shed light on how universities can fulfil their role in peripheral regions rather than knowledge-intensive cities and towns. This uniquely researched book will be of interest to students and scholars of higher education, universities and communities, and education policy.


University Tertiary education Infrastructure Norway Prague Czech Republic peripheral regions globalized education regional development knowledge centres

Editors and affiliations

  • Rómulo Pinheiro
    • 1
  • Mitchell Young
    • 2
  • Karel Šima
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and ManagementUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  2. 2.Centre for Higher Education StudiesPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Centre for Higher Education StudiesPragueCzech Republic

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-78642-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-78643-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-4214
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-4222
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