Creative cities and the higher education institutions in Slovakia
Cities have significantly invested in their higher education infrastructure and creative economies in the past two decades. Institutions of higher education have been used as a means of urban regeneration, cultural, social, and economic development. This article engages with the current research and a debate about the creative cities and the importance of higher education institutions in contemporary cities. In the frame of theoretical and methodological input the paper points to the issue of formation of the creative-knowledge sector and that of creative cities. It draws attention to the specific position of the biggest cities in Slovakia with higher education institutions ensuing from the analysis of the higher education sector, the share of economically active population working in creative industry of the total economically active population, analysis of creative industries and the comparison with the overall situation in Slovakia.A new understanding of the dynamics of the creative sectors and the interactions with higher education institutions needs to be implemented. This should be the new challenge for researchers wanting to investigate the role of higher education in creative urban environments.