Chapter 6: Education and human resources development
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Chapter 6 looks at how university graduates can bring their newly acquired knowledge and skills, their novel methods and new ideas into practice. This positions the university as a vital institution for regions to attract, develop and retain talent within a challenging demographic context. Using examples from the case studies, this chapter reviews how innovative teaching methods such as problem-based learning, internationalisation strategies and employment schemes for graduates have helped to reinforce the human capital in universities’ host regions. While universities often consider education to be less important than research, this chapter helps to underline the importance of students to regional innovation, who represent ‘knowledge transfer on legs’.