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: The Free State, South Africa 2012

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14 Feb 2012
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The third largest of South Africa’s nine provinces, the Free State suffers from unemployment, poverty and low skills. Only one-third of its working age adults are employed. 150 000 unemployed youth are outside of training and education. Centrally located and landlocked, the Free State lacks obvious regional assets and features a declining economy.

How can the Free State develop a more inclusive labour market and education system? How can it address the long-term challenges of poverty, inequity and poor health? How can it turn the potential of its universities and FET-colleges into an active asset for regional 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. The Free State in context
Introduction: origins of spatial, social and economic inequalities
-1.1 Geography and sub-regional features
-1.2 Governance
-1.3 Demography and urbanisation
-1.4 Health, poverty and welfare
-1.5 The regional economy
-1.6 Higher education in South Africa
-1.7 Higher education and training in the Free State
Chapter 2. Human capital and skills development in the Free State
-2.1 Higher education and training providers in the Free State
-2.2 Regional demographics and human capital development
-2.3 Ensuring access and success in higher education and training
-2.4 Increasing participation of adults: Lifelong learning
-2.5 The governance of the higher education and training system in the Free State
-Conclusions and recommendations
-Annex 2.A1. Widening access to and improving success in higher education: the Victoria University case
Chapter 3. Innovation in the Free State
-3.1. Research and teaching potential in the Free State
-3.2. Challenges
-Conclusions and recommendations
-Annex 3.A1. Internationalisation in the Free State universities
-Annex 3.A2. Examples of incubated innovation at the Central University of Technology (CUT)
-Annex 3.A3. Types of entrepreneurship teaching
Chapter 4. Building capacity for regional development
-4.1 Regional development in South Africa: NSDP
-4.2 South Africa‟s HE context for building regional capacity
-4.3 Aligning of higher education with the regional engagement mission
-4.4 Partnership building in the higher education sector for regional development
-Conclusions and recommendations
Annex A. OECD review team
Annex B. Programme of the review visit

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