Outside of Metro Manila, up North Luzon, Baguio City remains as the popular choice for tertiary and higher education. With internationally-recognized universities located in the City – St. Louis University, University of the Philippines, for example – one would think that the City, that is, it’s growth and development, is significantly shaped by the knowledge and expertise spilling forth from these advanced learning centers. But, as Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph Of The City, says, this is not the case. It appears that such is the general concern in urban areas around the globe.
Policy makers and practitioners say the academe has their thoughts and words high up in the clouds; scholars on the other hand say policymakers and practitioners lack scientific evidence to support their decisions and actions.
So how to close the research-policy-practice gap? The last of the panel discussion in the series Reimagining the City-University Connection, organized in 2011 and sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study relates key lessons and challenges of city-university connection. Such discussions however are not one-off events, stopping at organizing a conference or workshop and that’s that, but rather a continuing dialogue given the breadth and depth of, and the changing context in which urban growth and development issues are happening. Take the divisive population issue for instance. But first, willingness and openness of both parties to dialogue despite differences and to meet the other half way in working toward a solution.