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Master of Arts (MA)


Geography & Environmental Studies


Faculty of Arts

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Not Applicable

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The utilization of higher education resources in a regional development function has become an increasingly popular ploy within the realm of government policy. The university, typically through an interaction with today’s growth-inciting high-technology industry, has tended to replace the traditionally-used manufacturing plant as the ‘new’ growth-pole. It is likely that no other single institution could benefit a region in as wide an array of economic and social capacities as can the university. And, it is with respect to this notion that a Canadian university study was pursued. However, where most university ‘impact-type’ assessments have tended to look at individual cases, this study considers all of Canada’s universities simultaneously. Specifically, then, this aggregate analysis sought to answer three fundamental questions. Firstly, are universities in Canada acting as growth-poles and thereby influencing a higher level of well-being within the regions that they dwell? Secondly, if so, how far does this ‘propensity’ extend over space? And, thirdly, are there some underlying factors that may allow for the ‘university-pole’ to be successful in encouraging regional advantage?

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