University and Regional Development: The Case of the School of Humanities, University of the Aegean in Rhodes

By Chryssi Vitsilakis, Persa Fokiali and Eugenia Arvanitis.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of the University on regional development. Reference is made to the case of the School of Humanities, University of the Aegean, and its effect on the economic, social and cultural life of the island of Rhodes. The assumption under investigation is that the University in this area brings changes in the local economy, society and culture, acting as a lever that improves quality of human capital. The methodological approach adopted includes: (a) an assessment of some dimensions of the effect of the university on regional variables and (b) a qualitative analysis of the influence on development of some parameters related to the operation of the university.

Keywords: Regional Development, Social Capital, Learning Region

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 11, pp.175-186. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.174MB).

Prof. Chryssi Vitsilakis

Vice-Rector of Finance and Development, Aegean University, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Professor Cryssie Vitsilaki is the Vice-Rector of Finance and Development of the Aegean University. She is the Director of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Gender Studies Program. Her research interests are focused on Sociology of Education, new forms of education and learning and Gender Studies. She is the author of several books and articles, whereas she has been successful in getting a number of European funded programs.

Persa Fokiali

Faculty of Demotic Education,, University of Aegean, Dodecanese, Greece

Persa Fokiali, (BSc, University of Athens-Greece; MSc. University of Southampton-UK; Ph.D, University of Dundee, UK) is an assistant professor at the University of the Aegean, Greece, in the field of Economics of Education and Sustainable Development. Her main academic interests and publications concern education and socio-economic development, sustainable development, interdisciplinary approaches in education etc. She has participated in several projects on sustainable development of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as well as in many educational projects in the field of interdisciplinary education along the axes of art and sustainable development.

Dr. Eugenia Arvanitis

Associate Tutor (Lecturer), Department of Preschool and Educational Planning, Aegean University, Athens, Attica, Greece

Dr Eugenia Arvanitis is an Associate Tutor (Lecturer) at the Department of Preschool Education & Educational Planning at the University of Aegean. She also teaches at the Post Graduate Program “Adult Education” of the Hellenic Open University. She currently works as the co-ordinator of the National Quality Assurance & Evaluation Office in the General Secretariat of Adult Education, Greece. She is an Associate of PASCAL International Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Learning Regions. During 2001-2004, she was co-ordinator of the Greek Language and Cultural Studies Program (BA International Studies) at the School of International and Community Studies, RMIT University and the Manager of the Australian-Greek Resource and Learning Center at RMIT University, Melbourne ( Her research interests include multicultural educational policy and practice; pedagogy and learning design, program evaluation in adult education and teachers’ lifelong training. As part of her involvement in adult education she developed the National Quality Assurance and Assessment Framework for the Greek Adult Educational System (July 2007). She is finally the author of several research papers and the editor of one book.


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