This is a paper I wrote for a roundtable, hosted by Deakin University and sponsored by the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, Cisco and IBM. It explores the links between “connected campus” strategies by universities and the “
connected community” strategies of the cities in which they work.
“What is at stake is substantial. As universities rethink their teaching and learning models around a new digitally-infused experience for students and staff, the cities and communities around them are doing pretty much the same in pursuit of new ambitions for growth, inclusion and sustainability. In turns out that there is much in common in the twin, and increasingly interdependent ambitions of “town” and “gown” as they seek new sources of advantage and resilience. Increasingly, smart cities and connected universities are trying to do the same things. It makes sense to explore the extent to which, through their shared investments in new digital infrastructure, capabilities and platforms, they might be more successful together than apart”.