4th International University Cities Forum

The Fourth International University Cities Forum ‘Rethinking College-Town: Towards Glocalization’ that will be held in Tomsk on 27-30 November 2019 will cover the university role in life of different territories ranging from the city or region up to the whole world. Taking the example of Tomsk we may consider the university role in the city intellectual capital development, its promoting in the country and the world as well as in improving the population quality of life. The Fourth forum will examine the college-town model that is based on the world best practices analysis taking into account the peculiarities of Russian and Siberian college-towns in particular. In addition, some Forum events will deal with the part university and college-town play in providing conditions for the territories’ sustainable development and higher quality of life. The participants will try to formulate the development strategy for Tomsk as the college-town with a great university environment prospects via the dialogue among the academic community, regional authorities, businesses and local communities


The issues to consider:

  • Which model may explain the college town peculiarities?
  • Which approaches are suitable for the analysis and measuring of college town development potential?
  • In what way does the university influence urban territories development?

The key events of the track:

College Town: Theory into Reality

Tomsk Research and Educational Complex Spatial Development: TSU Campus Development: Architectural and Planning at the Historical Settlement Site

College Town as the Impetus for the Urban and the University Development in Tomsk


The issues to consider:

  • Which technological and spatial solutions may help to create a smart city in Russia?
  • In what way do the college town peculiarities influence the population quality of life?
  • What may make college town the territory’s sustainable development driver?

The key events of the track:

Digital Technologies and the Renewed Environment for the Universities

Intellectual Capital & Smart Technologies for the City

The Human-Oriented Smart City Practices: the European and Russian Projects Experience


The issues to consider:

– Which urban areas are necessary for students?

– In what way do students perceive the university, the university campus and the city they study in?

– Do Tomsk students need a interuniversity multifunctional student campus?

The cases participants will deal with:

Interuniversity multifunctional student campus as the research and innovation attraction point for 15 000 young researchers and developers

Interuniversity multifunctional student campus: infrastructure solutions and the links among the territories of six state universities in Tomsk

Interuniversity multifunctional student campus: the place for life, meetings and leisure vs the regional development and investment attraction driver

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