Review of higher education in regional and city development 2008-10: The Lombardy region, Italy


The OECD review report for Lombardy is available here.


The executive summary is available here.


By participating in the OECD Review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development, the region hopes to:

  • Understand better HEIs’ strategies
  • Raise attention of HEIs on regional priorities
  • Improve co-operation among HEIs and other business and industry partners within the region, with a special attention to SMEs
  • Increase visibility of the higher education system at the international level in order to create opportunities for international co-operation with leading edge research institutions.


Key issues in Lombardy


Higher education and Research

  • Widening access to higher education
  • Fostering PhD and Post Doc trainings
  • Fostering lifelong learning
  • Intensifying knowledge transfer and evaluating research and technology transfer institutions
  • Promoting cross border co-operation
  • Enhancing the strength areas in the region
  • Attracting talent
  • Stimulating university spin offs
  • Enhancing research and innovation in health, energy, environment, food and manufacturing sectors
  • Improving linkages between public and private sectors



  • Supporting industrial and technology districts
  • Encouraging innovation in traditional industry
  • Assisting internationalisation of the SME sector


More information about the Lombardy Region, its higher education institutions, and the HEIs' role in regional development


Regional Co-ordinator in the Lombardy Region


IReR - Istituto Regionale di Ricerca della Lombardia (Lombardy Regional Research Institute)
Via Copernico, 38
20125 Milano





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