Peter Bradwell

Robert Lang has used the term ‘edgeless’ to describe cities subject to a certain type of sprawl: ‘Edgeless cities are… cities in function… but not in form.’ Universities too are experiencing ‘sprawl’. The function they perform is no longer contained within the campus, nor within the physically defined space of a particular institution, nor, sometimes, even in higher education institutions at all.
This is driven by people finding new ways to access and use ideas and knowledge, by new networks of learning and innovation, and by collaborative research networks that span institutions and businesses. It is an increasingly international phenomenon. Across the globe, countries are pushing for greater advantages in education and innovation. There is an evergrowing environment of learning, research and knowledge exchange of which universities are one part.

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2 Responses to Peter Bradwell

  1. shinichi says:

    The edgeless university
    Why higher education must embrace technology

    by Peter Bradwell


    In the UK universities become edgeless geographically as they start to provide education outside the UK. The University of Nottingham, for example, has a campus in Ningbo, China, and a campus in Malaysia. They are becoming edgeless in research as innovation depends increasingly on collaborations between institutions and among academics. The university is becoming defined by its function – provider and facilitator of learning and research – not its form. Its influence, reach and value extend beyond its UK campus.

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