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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The Regions and their Higher Education Institutions

This chapter presents the empirical part of the OECD study: an intensive case-study analysis of higher education institutions’ engagement at the regional level. Self evaluations and external reviews of 14 regions and their higher education institutions were carried out in order to provide insight as to the causal connections and processes underlying regional engagement (OECD, 2007a).1 The case study descriptions address the following issues: national policy towards territorial development and the role of higher education in this agenda; the characteristics of the region itself; higher education in the region; and the development trajectory and maturity of the relationship between higher education and the region. Case studies reveal considerable diversity across regions in terms of their population and physical size, numbers and types of higher education institutions and the extent to which they are engaged in regional development.

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