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Presenting the European campus… but not today

by Alexandra den Heijer

This morning I was looking forward to present my research “The European Campus: an important asset for Europe 2020” in Brussels, for the European Commission (ERAC Working Group on Knowledge Transfer).

this map says it all - source: De Standaard

this map of Belgium says it all – source: De Standaard

But the morning news already showed early signs of the record-breaking traffic jams in Belgium, due to the heavy snowfalls. Maps on the Belgian newspaper website of De Standaard were very graphic (see photo left).

The presentation will be rescheduled, but the hand-out can already be found under DOWNLOADS. The most important message of my presentation is summarized below, based on our research document “Managing the European campus – attracting and accommodating Europe’s knowledge capital” (Dirk Jan van den Berg, president TU Delft and Alexandra den Heijer, associate professor Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft).

“We strongly believe – based on research – that improving (the management of) the European campus is a precondition for attracting and retaining Europe’s knowledge capital, for more competitive EU universities in the global battle for brains and for supporting innovation in the EU economy (strategy “Europe 2020”). In the current European context the university campus can be perceived as a (potential) problem as well as an asset for European universities (and consequently for Europe’s knowledge economy).” The presentation elaborates on both.

from our research "The European campus"

from our research “The European campus”

One of the slides - more propositions about the university campus in 7 European languages PROPOSITIONS

One of the slides – more propositions about the university campus in 7 European languages: see PROPOSITIONS

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Discussing UniverCities in Stuttgart

by Alexandra den Heijer

After two months closer to home – with the exception of an inspiring visit to the European Commission in Brussels – it was time to travel again for a lecture in Stuttgart, Germany. I was invited by Städtebau-Institut Universität Stuttgart, Germany (prof. dr. Helmut Bott), see TOUR or university website for program and speakers.

My last time in Stuttgart – in 2011 – I wrote a post “Managing the Automobile campus” (link), which has some parallels with managing university campuses. I will write more after my lecture, which can already be found under DOWNLOADS.

Geography of Global Top Knowledge base / Overall score - Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel, 2012 Data: The Times Higher Education Top Universities rankings 2011-2012

Geography of Global Top Knowledge base / Overall score – Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel, 2012
Data: The Times Higher Education Top Universities rankings 2011-2012

PS My presentation also included work of PhD candidate Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel. Some of our publications can be found under PUBLICATIONS. More information about Flavia and her research: FLAVIA CURVELO MAGDANIEL.

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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today WordPress sent me an Annual Report “Your 2012 in blogging”. The most interesting was the map of “2012 country views”: in 2012 my blog was viewed by visitors from more than 100 countries! (see map below)

Country views 2012 (since WordPress started counting in February 2012) - in 2012 visitors from more than 100 countries!

Country views 2012 (since WordPress started counting in February 2012) – in 2012 visitors from more than 100 countries!

And since some of these visitors come from countries that have already welcomed 2013, I end this blog year with wishing everybody a very healthy and happy 2013!

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World citizen 2012

by Alexandra den Heijer

I am writing this post in Sweden – today I gave my last lecture of 2012 here. My Scottish colleague/friend and I received a warm welcome from Linköping University (www.LiU.se). The white campus felt like ‘a white Christmas’ at this time of year.

Kåkenhus building of Linköping University's campus in Norrköping

Kåkenhus building of Linköping University’s campus in Norrköping, Sweden

Linköping University has 3 campuses: two in Linköping and one in Norrköping (40 km to the North-East). We were invited to speak about campus strategies, because our hosts were in our audience in Seoul, Korea this year. In 2012 the song “world citizen” (David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto) went through my mind frequently – not only because of the lyrics, but also because it is part of the affecting soundtrack of the beautiful film Babel that connects storylines in four different countries. I certainly have felt connected this year (see TOUR) and I am sure that 2013 will not beat 2012 in terms of inspiration from all these cultures. I truly feel blessed to have been welcomed in so many different countries.

It is time to reflect again. I will make sure to publish many conclusions of the ‘world tour’ (with a focus on Europe) of the past 20 months. In January I will post new research (results and ambitions). For 2012 I have only one flight to go – “Flying home for Christmas”, to stay there for a while.

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EUA conference “Sustainable Universities”

by Alexandra den Heijer

I really enjoyed the annual EUA conference, hosted by the University of Warwick. I will write more about the content later. My contribution (presentation about innovative campus management) can be found under DOWNLOADS – including a link to my propositions in English, German, French, Spanish and -of course- Dutch: 10 PROPOSITIONS .

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German group in Groningen

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today a German group from HIS (Hochschul-Informations-System) visits Groningen University for a workshop to compare the Dutch and German situation at universities (and university campuses). My contribution to the discussion can be found under DOWNLOADS. Both the inner-city campuses and the Zernike campus looked even more beautiful on this Spring day. As a warm welcome Groningen University added the German flag to the flags in front of their iconic “Akademiegebouw”, see photo below. 20120308-133035.jpg

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Could 2012 be happier than 2011?

by Alexandra den Heijer

Looking back on 2011 I feel blessed with all the opportunities to travel and meet new people. My academic and professional networks have grown rapidly and I will share more knowledge in these networks in 2012. This is no New Year’s resolution, but a promise. A happy 2012 to you all.

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Reboot, restart… after a relaxing vacation

After some days away from work (…) I am back to give lectures, write more articles and spend more time with my students and colleagues. I also started a twitter account (username ‘alexandra_dh’ – http://twitter.com/alexandra_dh). You can check ‘downloads’ for the most recent additions to the publication list. Downloads also contains PDFs of relevant presentations and the Dutch summary (>14 pages) of the book. And you can also follow me on Twitter from today…

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The day(s) after

After a great Friday with the defence and the seminar, it is time to start uploading both prior research and new additions to this website. In the next week I will add PDFs of many articles, reports and papers. Thanks to everyone who was present on March 4 – it was a very inspiring and memorable day.

with paranymphs and doctoral committee after the ceremony (morning) and at BK city’s Oostserre for seminar (afternoon) – more photos will follow

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Welcome

Welcome to the official book website for “Managing the university campus”. This website will be used to upload additional information, register participants for March 4 – morning and afternoon – and as a blog. More content will follow soon.

Alexandra den Heijer

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