In several global regions, city leaders are partnering to achieve scale, create opportunities for specialisation, and grow housing and labour markets. According to The Business of Cities, collaborating to compete is a global phenomenon. Holland Metropole is a leading example of such a multi-city collaboration. With its connectivity, highly ranked universities, mix of established global businesses and emerging start-ups topped with global reach and depth of talent, the Metropole is poised to outshine some of the world’s most prominent cities.
This success has its own consequence. Recent calls to set limits on students from outside the EU, a call for Dutch universities to rethink about offering English-taught programmes, and the potential steep budget cut on internationalisation of education point towards a changing perception of the costs and benefits of internationalisation. Unless the Metropole region is able to sustainably accommodate the global talent in harmony with local communities, they risk political momentum at odds with the very goals regional partnership attempts to achieve.
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