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 French, Spanish


Introductory Remarks

This chapter briefly illustrates the various dimensions of regional engagement of higher education and provides a definition for this activity. It describes the OECD study encompassing intensive analysis of higher education institutions’ engagement at regional level. It explains the aims and the methodology of the thematic review including self evaluation and external evaluation. It highlights the developmental focus of the OECD study and the aim to support partnership building in the participating regions.

English Spanish, French

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