The Role of Universities in Shaping Urban Development

Date: 16 September 2018
Planning the development of contemporary cities has to take into account a number of factors, which were not considered important a few decades ago. These include principles such as sustainable urban development, introduction of urban regeneration, as well as public participation in the planning process.

“Professionals and authorities responsible for planning have noticed that in the age of globalization, competition between cities is constantly increasing. Therefore, cities are in search for various solutions allowing them to gain better position in this competitive process,” noted Professor Piotr Lorens. “One of the strategies is associated with building strong ties with research and higher education institutions, allowing simultaneous growth of both entities.”

Professor Piotr Lorens, Head of the Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning at Gdansk University of Technology, delivered public lectures at the Naryn Campus and in Bishkek on “the Role of Universities in Shaping Urban Development.” He is also the Acting President of the Society of Polish Town Planners, and a member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. The lectures, organized by UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration, tackled a number of issues associated with cooperation between municipalities and universities. Special attention was paid to the area of city planning and development, alongside with developing and implementing the concepts of “smart”cities.

The lecture at UCA’s Naryn Campus was attended by participants from Naryn State University, Naryn Pedagogical College, UCA, as well as residents from Naryn town. "Today's public lecture was very useful, and it provided a good motivation for city transformation and infrastructure. UCA's help to implement Naryn’s master development plan is invaluable. We are looking forward to implementing the new development plan of Naryn town in close cooperation with the University,” said Saltanat Esenamanova, Vice Mayor of Naryn town.
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