Higher Education and Regions

Globally Competitive, Locally Engaged

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This publication explores a range of helpful policy measures and institutional reforms. Drawing from an extensive review of 14 regions across 12 countries as well as OECD territorial reviews, it considers the regional engagement of higher education regarding teaching, research and service to the community. It offers answers to the following questions: What is higher education’s regional engagement all about? What are its drivers and barriers? What does regional engagement mean for the governance and management of higher education institutions, for regions and for nations? And how does regional engagement fit in with the pursuit of world class academic excellence?

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Building Capacity for Co-operation between Higher Education and Regions

Interactions between higher education institutions and the region in which they are located can be beneficial to both parties. For this interaction to take place bridges have to be constructed based on firm pillars on both sides. This chapter seeks to identify the elements for developing the capacity for joint working between regional actors and agencies and higher education institutions in the round, not just particular institutions or parts of institutions. These are the building blocks for the pillars and the spanning techniques for bridging the gap to enable the traffic to flow from one side to the other. In regions where there is more than one higher education institution and a number of sub-regions this implies developing the capacity of the region as a whole.

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