Graduate Paradox at Jihlava: The Perspective of Stakeholders

  • Michaela Šmídová
  • Inna Čábelková
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)


Higher education institutions (HEIs) are supposed to play an indispensable role in the socioeconomic development of the regions they are located in. Examples of successful regions, such as Silicon Valley, have induced various imitations. While in some cases imitation has met with success, in others it has led to unexplainable paradoxes and tensions. In this chapter, we analyze the graduate paradox that occurred in the Vysocina Region of the Czech Republic following the establishment of a new public HEI, the College of Polytechnics Jihlava (CPJ). We identify relevant stakeholders and analyze their role in determining CPJ’s focus and programs on one hand, and in formulating regional needs on the other. In so doing, we discovered three specific ambiguities that hamper CPJ’s regional impact: the ambiguity of intention, where national policy does not sufficiently support the regional mission of the university; the ambiguity of history, where regional authorities played the largest role at the time of the CPJ’s establishment but did not collaborate much with the college afterward; and the ambiguity of structure, which is represented by a shortage of official authority.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela Šmídová
    • 1
    • 2
  • Inna Čábelková
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Higher Education StudiesPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of HumanitiesCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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