Introduction
Regions and universities in the post-2008 world
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book arises from the work of International Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Learning (PASCAL), an international non-governmental network Observatory. It examines the central themes and the large issues which preoccupy us: first the 'global problematique' and the changing structure of society and its management; then the two key partners in engagement: the local region and the university. The book also examines several central strands mainly of policy but also of process that are illuminated by the PASCAL Universities and Regional Engagement (PURE) project. Much of the vocational and professional development work of universities is for non-profit roles in public life and civil society. These trends arouse widely shared deep concerns about 'the death of the public university' and the desertion of disinterested inquiry and education for the public good.

A new imperative

Regions and higher education in difficult times

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