Tertiary Education for the Knowledge Society

Volume 1 and Volume 2

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This book provides a thorough international investigation of tertiary education policy across its many facets – governance, funding, quality assurance, equity, research and innovation, academic career, links to the labour market and internationalisation. It presents an analysis of the trends and developments in tertiary education; a synthesis of research-based evidence on the impact of tertiary-education policies; innovative and successful policies and practices that countries have implemented; and tertiary-education policy options. The report draws on the results of a major OECD review of tertiary education policy – the OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education -- conducted over the 2004-08 period in collaboration with 24 countries around the world.

“The new ‘bible’ of Post-secondary education.”

-Paul Cappon, President of the Canadian Council on Learning

 “An exceptionally useful and interesting review.”

-Tom Boland, Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority of Ireland

 “The reference text for the future debate on tertiary education.”

-José Joaquín Brunner, Professor and Director,

Centre for Comparative Education Policies, University of Diego Portales, Chile



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Enhancing the Role of Tertiary Education in Research and Innovation

This Chapter focuses on the role of tertiary education institutions (TEIs) in research and innovation. A central reason for looking at the tertiary education system in an innovation context is that in all OECD countries governments finance not only education infrastructure costs, but also a large proportion of gross expenditure on research and development (R&D), which flows to universities and other TEIs. One rationale for this sizable funding is the direct and indirect support given by the tertiary education sector to the overall innovation effort. This Chapter will therefore analyse the role(s) of tertiary education from a research and innovation perspective. It reviews the empirical evidence and analyses the governance of tertiary education research. Finally, it concludes by outlining policy options for enhancing research and innovation for countries to consider.


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