Review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development 2011-2012: The Free State Province, South Africa


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The OECD review report for Free State is available here.

The executive summary is available here.


By participating in the OECD review the region hopes to:

  • Develop a regional partnership between the state, the private sector and universities
  • Gain knowledge and strategise how the region could benefit from its universities
  • Assist the universities to strategise their institutional planning within the regional context


Key issues in the Free State

  • Declining primary sector (agriculture and mining)
  • Economic growth below national average
  • High levels of poverty
  • Negative impact of HIV/AIDS
  • Relatively young population


More about the Free State Province, its higher education institutions and their role in regional development


Regional Co-ordinator in the Free State

Lochner Marais
Centre for Development Support (IB 100)
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
9300 South Africa

Tel: 27-(0)51-4012978

Fax: 27(0)514013424
E-mail: MaraisJGL[at]





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