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?

English Also available in: French, Spanish

Drivers for Regional Engagement

This chapter explores why higher education institutions are becoming more engaged with the cities and regions in which they are located and why such communities are seeking to mobilise higher education to support their economic, social and cultural development. It describes the changes in the territorial development policy and higher education policy which contribute to the stronger focus on the interplay between higher education and their regions. Finally, it provides a conceptual framework for the synthesis of the interests of higher education institutions and regions in the context of globalising knowledge economy.

English Also available in: Spanish, French

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