Looking at the global flows of mobility and talent concentration, we can see that certain places seem to attract (and retain) creative people more than others. Quite contrary to the assumption that in the digital age it does not matter where you live, some cities and areas are being chosen by large numbers of innovative people. They are looking for inspiration and ideas, attractive environments in which to work and live, and synergies through working with people from other backgrounds and cultural heritage. Universities are, very often, at the centre of this. They are the first gateway into a new country for these young talented people as they undertake undergraduate and graduate studies. Research centres then play an important role in retaining them.
This “world café” offers the opportunity to explore this phenomenon in relation to the attractiveness and uniqueness of cities like Singapore, Cape Town, Chicago, Hong Kong, as well as Birmingham, Nottingham and Montréal. Delegates are invited to consider the role of research centres for urban development, the distinct internationalisation strategies trying to conciliate global look and local flavour, the specific situation of former industrial or harbour cities being reframed into centres of creative industries, the regional appeal of universities to attract students and scholars with talent to rebuild or reshape economies and societies.
While recent studies point to the five or ten most appealing cities in the world to live and work, how are real academic biographies structured, what stories do internationally mobile people tell? How does international education relate to the shaping of “great places to be”?
This session is curated by Christian Mueller, Director strategy, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany, as part of our 2015 guest curated session series.
For further reading on this and related topics, read our speaker interview with Dr Eden Woon.