Cape Breton and Its University College:
Symbiotic Development

Benjamin Higgins

70 pages
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
ISBN 0-88659-034-5

This essay is concerned with the role of the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB) in the economic and social development of the Cape Breton region. The introductory chapter begins with a brief look at the current wave of rapid technological progress, sometimes described as “the information revolution.” It goes on to examine the increasing degree to which universities are assuming leadership roles in this revolution. They are not only performing their traditional function of providing the requisite scientific, professional and technical training for technological progress, and contributing to that progress through their own research, but have become major suppliers of entrepreneurship, management, organizational skills, and even capital. The second chapter presents an encapsulated economic history of Cape Breton, explaining how and why the region’s economy bogged down after a promising early start. The third chapter analyzes the contribution of the University College to the economic and social development of the region, and the fourth provides estimates of the income and employment generated by its expenditures. The final chapter makes proposals for the future of UCCB in the light of its major role in the economic and social development of the region.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction: From Twentieth Century to Twenty-first Century Development: From Natural Resources and Know-How to Human Resources and Knowledge
2. The Cape Breton Economy: Cursed with Natural Resources
3. The University College of Cape Breton: A Twenty-first Century Institution
4. University College of Cape Breton as a Generator of Income and Employment
5. The Need for a Critical Mass

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