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From Melbourne, Australia’s Knowledge Capital, to Destination Dublin

Can Melbourne’s dual strategies of knowledge-city development and international student focus be achieved in Dublin?

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Author - Claire Doran


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The Introduction to this paper outlined the aim of the Dublin region’s stakeholders to develop Dublin as a knowledge city-region and internationally recognized learning region, thus enhancing the international standing of the city and its competitive advantage in an increasingly globalized environment. It was suggested that a dual approach, such as that undertaken by the OKC in Melbourne, could be successfully implemented in Dublin.

The first section presented a brief review of the literature, which demonstrated the links between globalization, regionalization, HE and internationalization. Section 2 explored current developments in Dublin, namely the DCC International Policy Framework and the DRHEA internationalization strand, both of which aim to the achievement of the National Development Plan objectives. Section 3 introduced Melbourne’s Office of Knowledge Capital which seeks to establish Melbourne as the ‘Boston of the southern hemisphere’ (Mather 2008). The fourth section provided a detailed analysis of research, projects, events and resources developed in Melbourne and established that there is much that Dublin can learn from Melbourne. Recommendations to address the issues detailed in Section 4 and to ensure successful implementation of a dual approach in Dublin were presented in Section 5. It is clear that there is some overlap between the recommendations presented under each heading. Thus the paper’s overall recommendation highlighted the necessity for collaboration between government, HE and industry.

While this type of collaboration may not resolve issues such as Dublin’s high costs and traffic congestion, it can certainly go a long way towards redressing the skills shortage, promoting the region’s key strengths and providing a platform for further development, all of which will lead to the achievement of Dublin’s strategies of enhancing the international positioning of the city and assuring its continued development as an international learning region.

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