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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Pointers for Future Development

This final chapter draws together pointers for future development for actors at three different levels: central, regional and institutional level. The recommendations emphasise the facilitating role of the central government in creating beneficial framework conditions and incentives. The recommendations highlight the importance of partnership building between the higher education institutions, and between the higher education institutions and regional stakeholders. Finally, they emphasise the need for more active role of higher education institutions.

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