Higher education in regional and city development: Objectives and benefits


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The purpose of the reviews is to provide HEIs, regional and national authorities, and policy makers with information and analysis to assist them in formulating and implementing policies to mobilise higher education for social, economic and cultural development.


The reviews aim:

  • To extend the knowledge base of higher education in economic, social and cultural development at regional level
  • To develop and reinforce partnerships between HEIs and business and industry and other social partners
  • To assist HEIs to articulate their mission, develop their management, evaluate their contribution and contribute to their viability
  • To develop reliable indicators and system-level and individual incentives for regional engagement


Benefits to the regions and HEIs

The OECD review will bring concrete rewards, such as: 

  • Tailored advice and guidance in practice and policy from the OECD-led expert team
  • Stronger partnerships 
  • New funding sources, projects and co-operation opportunities between HEIs and industry, etc. 
  • Enhanced visibility and PR for the region and its HEIs
  • International benchmarking and networking

These are only some of the benefits that participating regions and their HEIs have reported. The review can start a positive change process within the region by drawing the different stakeholders together.


Testimonials from participating regions


 “Northern Paraná in Brazil was involved in the first round of OECD reviews in 2005-07. When the opportunity came to have a follow-up, we decided to have the review extended to the entire State of Paraná with focus on Curitiba. We now have strong support not only from the Federal University of Paraná and government authorities such as the municipality of Curitiba, but also from the business community through the Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná (FIEP) which represents more than 30 000 businesses.”

Cássio Frederico Camargo Rolim, Federal University of Paraná, Regional Co-ordinator State of Paraná, Brazil


 “The self-evaluation process has proven to be worthwhile. In bringing everyone together in the three communities of our region we have discovered that there are many positive things happening that we were not aware of. There have been many interesting conversations as to the disparities in jurisdictions, reporting methods and what regional and regionalisation truly means to our area. Workgroups think about their HEIs’ role in supporting economic development goals within the context of strategic planning and implementation.”
Lisa Colquitt-Muñoz, Deputy COO Paso del Norte Group, Regional Co-ordinator of Paso del Norte Region, US-Mexico cross-border region




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