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Urban universities are well positioned to become catalysts for neighborhood revitalization and to drive local change in the surrounding communities because of their proximity to city neighborhoods and their established relationships with industry and organizations that can support community development efforts. Urban universities possess human capital, which includes talented students and faculty experts who have unique capabilities to generate new knowledge and cutting-edge information for the benefit of the society.
The Civil Engineering Department (through its Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, SSCRC) at our university, has a long history of collaboration with the city, industry, and community partners working together towards the common goal of improving the health and quality of life in our communities. The Center enables interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty across the university focusing on understanding and transforming the impacts of urbanization at the scientific, economic, and human levels. The main focus of the Civil Engineering Department and the SSCRC has been on the built environment and its impact on quality of life.
This paper describes the process of how our urban university, through the Department of Civil Engineering and the SSCRC, has developed and established strong partnerships with the city and industry for the sake of improving our communities. These collaborations create mutually-beneficial relationships that provide an opportunity for students to gain experience addressing real-life challenges that impact the community, while the city and its residents benefit from the university’s technical expertise in meeting those challenges. Through such efforts, our students develop strong local professional networks and gain practical experiences that enhance their professional opportunities upon graduation.
The role of these collaborations in developing innovative and entrepreneurial research, utilizing technologies and solutions to enhance the quality of life and economy of the communities, will be explained. The paper presents case studies of efforts to revitalize communities in our city through research, training, and community engagement. The importance of involving undergraduate and graduate students in all stages of this work, as well as creating career opportunities for them, is emphasized.
Fouad, F. H., & Alvarez Pino, P., & Sullivan, A. J., & Fouad, M. N. (2020, June), Urban Universities and Community Revitalization Efforts: Opportunities for Student Engagement and Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35437
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