What is it about?

GIS applications, mental maps and cartograms are used to show that the cultural background of a city determines the content of international partnerships of the university and motivates exchange students from abroad. Furthermore, the provision of cultural courses and experiences on campus increases the students’ attraction and engagement with the city. As a result the university reinforces its academic prospects, the urban planning procedure is enriched with information collected from temporary international residents, and the students acquire “soft skills” that will help them in their future development.

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Why is it important?

This manuscript addresses an interesting topic of the interactions among a city, its university and international students whose results are of great value for the stakeholders working in the field of the higher education and urban planning.


It is fascinating to explore patterns of institutional decisions and human perceptions with the application of unconventional mapping.

Helene Simoni
University of Patras

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This page is a summary of: The University of Patras, Greece, its city, and international students: insights from multiple cartographic perspectives, European Planning Studies, June 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2019.1632270.
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