The ACBSP Region 8 Fall Conference 2017 explores how universities can support the urban economies, the social and civic engagement, linking the cities of the world to the knowledge capital and talents of the world to tackle the global challenges.
Indeed, today, universities are an important component of the cities ecosystems of innovation. They educate students to be culturally and globally aware. And, in collaboration with local governments and businesses, they serve as anchors supporting a wider economic activity in the community. But as global connectors, they also have the potential to become global “multipliers”, linking the cities, businesses and communities around the world. As such, they are essential to the success of the cities. The extent and strength of their international networks and connections are unmatched and can be exploited to support the regional economies of the countries. Over the decades (and, for some, centuries), they have built strong research collaborations and networks that cross national borders and political alliances. They have been the main instrument in the development of various talents highly qualified and in the facilitation of its flow through the world. They also maintain global networks of influent.
Throughout the three days of the Conference, the Challenges, Problems, Approaches and solutions will be discussed through three different tracks: