Higher Education in Regional and City Development

Institutional Management in Higher Education

2218-3140 (online)
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This series of reports, mostly on specific cities and regions, examines the linkages between higher education and local economic development, highlighting best practices and making recommendations.

Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Antioquia, Colombia 2012

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19 July 2012
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Antioquia is one of Colombia’s economic engines, but suffers from low skills, poverty, inequity and poor labour market outcomes. How can Antioquia create a more inclusive labour market and education system? How can it improve the quality and relevance of education? How can it turn the potential of its universities into a more active asset for economic and social development?

This publication explores a range of helpful policy measures and institutional reforms to mobilise higher education for regional development. It is part of the series of the OECD reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development. These reviews help mobilise higher education institutions for economic, social and cultural development of cities and regions. They analyse how the higher education system impacts upon regional and local development and bring together universities, other higher education institutions and public and private agencies to identify strategic goals and to work towards them.

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Table of Contents

Assessment and recommendations

Chapter 1: Antioquia’s tertiary education in context
 1.1. The national context
 1.2. Antioquia
 1.3. Education in Colombia
 1.4. Education in Antioquia
 1.5. Regional development and tertiary education

Chapter 2: Human capital and skills development
 2.1. Human capital development in Colombia
 2.2. Regional demographics and the labour market
 2.3. The supply of tertiary education in Antioquia
 2.4. The transition from secondary to tertiary education
 2.5. Improving access and retention in tertiary education
 2.6. Aligning tertiary education to regional labour markets
 Conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 3: Research, development and innovation 
 3.1. The concept of innovation
 3.2. Science, technology and innovation policy in Colombia
 3.3. The regional system of innovation of Antioquia
 3.4. Intermediate organisations for knowledge transfer and exchange 
 3.5. Tertiary education and research
 3.6. Universities and knowledge transfer and exchange
 Conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 4: Social, cultural and environmental development
 4.1  Principal social and educational challenges in Antioquia
 4.2. Widening access and community well-being
 4.3. Rural development
 4.4. Public and community health
 4.5. Environmental and sustainable development
 4.6. Cultural development
 Conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 5: Capacity building for regional co-operation
 5.1. Governance of Colombia and Antioquia
 5.2. Tertiary education steering, governance, autonomy and accountability
 5.3. Strategy for regional development
 5.4. Tertiary education institutions
 5.5. Collaboration for regional and local development
 Conclusions and recommendations

Annex A. Review team members
Annex B. Review visit agenda
Annex C. Regional Steering Committee

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