The regional context provides a perspective for focus and a roadmap for progress. Understanding the physical area and the characteristics therein gives your project a starting point from which you can build your outreach and engagement with achievable goals and realistic expectations.
Qualifying regional assets and needs sharpens your outreach and engagement’s focus and eliminates redundancies. The information you gather helps target investment and tailor operations to create efficiencies and make the most of what already exists.
We've highlighted some challenges you may face along the way as you work to define the region. Download the region definitional challenges checklist.
Leading the horses to water: The dilemmas of academics and university managers in regional engagement (Gunasekara 2006) - dilemmas faced by academics and managers as they seek to make sense of regional engagement. These are labelled institutional, policy and individual identity dilemmas. These experiences carry implications for the management of engagement initiatives in universities and for policy-makers who seek to foster stronger links between regional universities and their proximate spaces.