A Role for Universities in Sustaining Regional ICT Initiatives? Exploring the Case of the University of Ballarat

  • Helen C Thompson
Keywords: Regional Development, Community Renewal, Community Building, Online Community, eGovernment, University Region Engagement, Rural Development, Community Engagement,


This paper discusses the important support role that universities can play in the establishment and ongoing sustainability of regional information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives. Three case studies are presented to explore the uptake of ICT in a regional and rural context. A common element in each of these initiatives is the active participation of the University of Ballarat throughout all project phases. The resultant combination of on-the-ground leadership, infrastructure, collaboration and multi-disciplinary research has not only created benefits for the individual communities but also through the generation of consultancy income, publications and community engagement of a type which is highly consistent with the Universitys vision and mission.