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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Contribution of Higher Education to Regional Human Capital Formation: Overcoming the Barriers

This chapter considers the role of higher education institutions in regional human capital systems and in building “learning regions”. It presents several examples from OECD countries highlighting the different roles that the higher education institutions play in this domain. First, higher education institutions can widen access to higher education, particularly from remote areas and/or communities with low traditions of participation in higher education e.g. through lifelong and e-learning activities. Second, they can improve the balance between labour market supply and demand through creating improved labour market intelligence, enhancing the links with the employers and supporting new enterprising. Third, higher education institutions can attract talent to the region and help retain it.

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