This is an introduction to the main subject of the issue “The new regional studies”. The theme is revealed in the issue in different aspects: a research center in a historical park, an educational journey of the study of industries in the context of the city, offcite research schools “Topos”, research expeditions. The general idea of the development of the regional studies as an involvement of children and teenagers in studying the world around themselves using modern tools and techniques is set.
This conceptual article presents microeconomic approaches to analyzing the shifts in universities’ expenses and the saving effects of the scale and scope of HEI’s activities. The authors provide an overview of econometric studies which assess the effects considered for universities in some countries. As a result, there comes to be questioned the economic feasibility of consolidating and expanding the universities’ activities, the reasonability of combining research with educational activities. The discussion concerns the transformation of the universities’ economy in the context of education digitalization, the prospects of the «economy of scale» and the «economy of scope» to be compared. The conclusions are drawn on the possible benefit for large universities, on its consequences for competition in higher education, and on the partnership benefits for all market players.