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Back in academic business

by Alexandra den Heijer

As always I am happy that the start of the academic year (Monday September 1st for Dutch universities) brings back life to the campus. On the Delft campus two new developments align with our “preferred strategy” for European campuses: more pop-up retail & leisure in public space and bringing new life to an old inner-city building (Legermuseum – see TU Delft website).

At this moment I am enjoying another European univer-city: Heidelberg. Not my first visit to Germany’s oldest university, but certainly my most academic. Our symposium will add another book to the series Knowledge & Space (website).

My lecture in Heidelberg, Germany about "the (future of the) campus & the city in Europe" - see DOWNLOADS for PDF

My lecture* in Heidelberg, Germany about “the (future of the) campus & the city in Europe” – see DOWNLOADS for PDF – *at this stage no group photos were available for blog publishing – when they are, I will add them to this post

The subject “Geographies of the university” also aligns with Flavia’s PhD research – see blog link and her assessment of 39 campuses, which will most likely be published in 2015 – the flyer: Summary Exploratory Research.

book "The European campus - heritage and challenges" is available from October 16, 2014

book “The European campus – heritage and challenges” is available from October 16, 2014

Speaking of books: George Tzovlas – who was promoted from researcher to PhD researcher last month – and I will launch our book “The European campus – heritage and challenges” (cover) next month – October 16 in Tallinn, Estonia – at the annual conference of CESAER, the network of European Universities of Technology. All participants will receive a copy. After that conference the book will be available. First responses to the draft copy: “A tour guide for studying in Europe”, referring to the many photos that highlight the beauty of Europe. However, the book also covers the “headaches” of the European campus, of which fewer photos are published online.

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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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Univer-City Bochum, Germany

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today I am experiencing Univer-City Bochum on a Saturday, after presenting my view on univer-cities for an all German audience yesterday evening. See C60 collaboratorium website for more info about the project in German.

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Goal of the Univer-City Bochum project is to create a place to meet, to experiment and work for students, academics and start-ups of the 7 universities (Hochschulen) in Bochum.

Start small, brand the area, gradually develop and don’t ever finish… Those were some themes of the discussion with the audience yesterday evening.

The hand-out of my presentation can be found under DOWNLOADS.

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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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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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next book: Managing the automobile campus…

by Alexandra den Heijer

Last week was all about German universities and campuses. I was traveling with a group of Dutch campus managers and we visited campuses of TU Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munchen, Stuttgart University and Heidelberg University. The lectures and tours confirmed our collective problems and similar challenges: many 60s and 70s buildings, (re)considering city campuses, sustainability issues, housing for international students and creating a place to meet. Visiting other campuses always gives you new ideas, but usually also makes you proud of what you have and what you do.

TU Munchen

TU Munich, campus Garching

The campus tours and lectures were combined with short visits to the sites of BMW (BMW Welt @ Olympia Park Munich), Mercedes Benz (Museum, architect UN Studio) and Porsche (Museum, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects), which could also be considered as campuses. The labs, production halls, flagship stores, museums, restaurants and espresso bars – sometimes spread over the city and usually concentrated on one site – and their employment base of knowledge workers and relations to regional universities indicate many similarities. Consequently, my next book could be called “Managing the automobile campus”…

Studentenbungalows im Olympischen Dorf - Munich

Mercedes Benz Museum (architect UN Studio) in Stuttgart

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