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Types of Linkages That Exist Between Universities and the Communities Around Them

Certain types of linkages tend to develop between universities and the communities around them. We venture to look at some of those linkages.

Firstly, we have the situations where the universities tend to be major employers of the people from the communities around them. Granted, the professors and other members of the high level teaching staff cadre tend to be from far away. But the support staff members tend to be drawn from the communities around the universities. And even the staff members who initially come from far away tend to settle and subsequently become bona fide members of the communities around the universities.

Secondly, we have the situations where the universities tend to be major markets for the products made by the members of the communities around them. Where, for instance, we have farming communities, you tend to have the universities being major consumers of the farm produce. In places where you have trading communities, the students and staff members in the universities tend to be key customers. To prove this, you can try selling any sort of products, like, say the best wireless headphones around a university. Or you can try selling something else, like, say, professional headphones around a university. What you will quickly come to learn is that the people from the university are likely to be key customers for you.

Thirdly, we have the situations where the universities tend to have some members of the communities around them as students. Thus, the universities provide educational opportunities to the surrounding communities. Granted, in the hard-to-get-into universities, like those in Ivy League, the local communities tend to be poorly represented in the student body (as the bulk of students come from all over the country, and even from abroad). But for other classes of universities, you tend to have local communities very well represented in the student populations.

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