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 Social, Cultural and Environmental Development: Overcoming the Barriers

Regional development is often thought of in economic terms only, and with a focus on technology-based development. The current OECD project briefing notes, however, suggested a wider interpretation. This chapter looks to the wider community engagement of higher education institutions. Through case studies it reviews the attitudes and practices of higher education institutions in relation to the social, cultural and environmental development of the region, not only as means to economic progress but also as ends in themselves. It identifies three key drivers in this domain: first, beneficial framework conditions, second, existence of networks for sustained co-operation and, third, local conditions which create a sense of urgency.

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