03 December 2010
Melbourne wins global Knowledge City Award
Melbourne: sparkling with ideas. Image © iStockphoto
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Melbourne has been awarded the annual Most Admired Knowledge City Award in the category of Knowledge Metropolis.
The awards, which also saw Singapore, Manchester and Ottawa acknowledged, were presented in Melbourne as part of the 2010 Knowledge Cities World Summit, sponsored by RMIT University.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said that Melbourne was a lively, diverse and intellectually vibrant urban centre.
"The concept of a Knowledge City is a way of integrating all aspects of a city's economic, social, and cultural life into a coherent whole for the benefit of its residents and stakeholders," Professor Gardner said.
George Pappas, Chairman, Committee for Melbourne, said that Melbourne's leadership position as a knowledge city was something that Melburnians had known for some time, and it was gratifying to receive external recognition.
"We have long been Australia's centre for research intensive industries, as well as the leading city for tertiary and vocational education," Mr Pappas said.
The Committee for Melbourne is helping government, business and community leaders around the world address the effects of rapid urbanisation through the United Nations Global Compact - Cities Programme.
RMIT's Global Cities Research Institute hosts the International Secretariat of the UNGC - Cities Programme.
Founded in 2007, the Most Admired Knowledge City Awards, better known as MAKCi Awards, are a Teleos-MAKE Award and a World Capital Institute joint initiative.
They seek to identify and recognise the progress achieved by urban communities around the world that are implementing knowledge-based development (KBD) strategies under the flag of Knowledge-Cities.
The presentation marked the final day of the 2010 Knowledge Cities World Summit.
The Knowledge Cities World Summit is an annual event, founded by the World Capital Institute, focusing on the research and management of knowledge cities, knowledge societies, knowledge-based development and knowledge ecology.
The first summit was held in Monterrey, Mexico (2007) and the second in Shenzhen, China (2009).