City-university partnerships are a win-win

  • Date: 07/25/2022

City governments, colleges, and universities all want what's best for their communities. Cities are tasked with responsibilities like adopting new technology and combating climate change, and colleges and universities have knowledge, expertise, and research capabilities to assist with these initiatives. When cities partner with academia, they can find innovative solutions to their most pressing issues.

These partnerships are a "win-win" scenario, said Karen Lightman, the executive director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

"It's free advice for the city to take or leave," she told Insider. "City-university collaboration gives researchers an opportunity to do something that's meaningful and real-world based."

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