Higher Education's Role in Local and Global Strategies: Lessons from OECD Reviews
Posted: 8 Feb 2013
Date Written: February 8, 2013
In the context of global economic and financial crisis, countries, cities and regions are seeking ways to mobilise higher education institutions (HEIs) for their social and economic development. Because of the twin processes of globalisation and localisation, there is a need to ensure that HEIs actively contribute to the local availability of knowledge and skills as well as the transfer of technology and innovation to industry and SMEs. At the same time the growing focus on global higher education rankings is drawing HEIs away from their local and economic role. This presentation draws on the experience from the OECD multi-annum work on higher education in cities and regions and other studies conducted by the OECD. Since 2005, OECD has reviewed the changing role of higher education in regional and city development in more than 30 regions in over 20 countries. On the basis of these reviews this presentation analyses the different ways through which higher education systems impact upon regional and local socio-economic development and make their cities and regions more globally competitive.
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