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Exploring the European campus – in Germany (again)

by Alexandra den Heijer

The past two days I was in Stuttgart, giving a lecture for Universität Stuttgart at their Campus 2030 Symposium (180 Zuschauern): Universität Stuttgart. The hand-out of my presentation can be found under DOWNLOADS.

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The discussion about branding both the city and the university to attract students and other knowledge workers was very similar to discussions last year in Delft and Bochum – see blog: STUDENT AS TOURIST (2013).

Stadtbibliothek / Library Stuttgart - more info:

Stadtbibliothek / Library Stuttgart – more info: WIKIPEDIA

Stuttgart has so much to offer – including the impressive new Stadtbibliothek (2011, see photo above). Personally, my attraction to Stuttgart also has everything to do with the automobile industry – with highlights like the Mercedes Museum and Porsche Museum – see blog MANAGING THE AUTOMOBILE CAMPUS (2011) and UNIVER-CITY STUTTGART (2013).

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From campuses to façades (and back)

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today I will start blogging and tweeting again after months of education in Delft – I am back on tour. First stop Utrecht – VMRG / VKG seminar (Façade industry)- see DOWNLOADS for presentation, links and articles.

More news:
– The European campus seminar will be held May 26-27, 2014 in Delft (more info in the next post)
– I published a new journal paper in the Journal of Facade Design and Engineering “Assessing facade value – how clients make business cases in changing real estate markets” – see PUBLICATIONS
– My TOUR is restarted in Germany – and I very much look forward to it.
– I have an extra, honorable job – chairman of a jury (Job Dura Prijs) – see website for background information and Tweets in Dutch below.

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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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