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The role of universities in building prosperous knowledge cities : the Malaysian experience

Yigitcanlar, Tan & Sarimin, Muna (2011) The role of universities in building prosperous knowledge cities : the Malaysian experience. Built Environment, 37(3), pp. 260-280.

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Abstract

This paper explores the role and importance of universities, particularly in the Malaysian context, for building prosperous knowledge cities of the rising knowledge economy. It aims to shed light on how universities contribute to the knowledge-based development of Malaysian cities by undertaking a case study investigation. In the case of Bandar Seri Iskandar, the paper scrutinises the creation – from scratch – of a knowledge city, including the establishment of new public and private universities and hence providing a unique opportunity to understand how the idea of the knowledge economy has permeated economic development policy within a developing country context. The research findings reveal that in Malaysia, much like many of the developed countries, universities are being positioned to play a major role in supporting knowledge city (trans)formation. While there has been a tangible success on the spatial development based on a rapid land use change towards accommodating knowledge-intensive land use and activities, the research reports that a more concerted and coordinated effort from academia, public and private sectors are needed to further foster the growth and development of economical, environmental, institutional and social aspects of Bandar Seri Iskandar to become a fully functioning prosperous knowledge city.

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ID Code: 46944
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Knowledge City, Knowledge-based Urban Development, Knowledge Economy, Knowledge Industries, Knowledge Workers, Universities, Higher Education and Research Institutes, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Malaysia
ISSN: 0263-7960
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified (120599)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: 2011 Copyright Alexandrine Press.
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2011 08:08
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2012 22:30

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