Linking universities to local development processes. Evaluate the role of universities in advancing and promoting local economic development processes


UDUAL, Università di Firenze


  • Antonio Ibarra, Coordination of Organizations for Cooperation and Research of National Autonomous University of Mexico, Union of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexico
  • Mario Biggeri, Associate Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, and Scientific Director of ARCO Lab (Action Research for CO-development), Italy


Among others, the following universities will be involved

  • National University of Córdoba (Argentina)
  • National University of Quilmes (Argentina)
  • University of La Habana (Cuba)
  • Autonomous National University of Nicaragua – Managua
  • Central University of Ecuador
  • University of Florence (Italy)
  • University of Ferrara (Italy)
  • University Ca’ Foscari Venice (Italy)
  • University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy)
  • Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy)
  • University of Udine (Italy)

Although it has become almost trivial to assert that in the knowledge society universities are important institutions, the developmental role of universities, both in developed and emerging is still under open discussion. Already in 1918, the Movement of University Reform in Latin America incarnated the idea of a third university mission (along with high education and research) called extension, which consisted in committing the university to the work for bettering the quality of life of those left behind in very unequal and fragmented societies. Having today grown the pressure on universities to contribute to the society that feeds them, arguments supporting the consolidation of Developmental University Systems (DUS) have been reinforced.

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Location: Madama Felicita- Palazzo Reale Date: October 15, 2015 Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm