EDUIMHE › "What Works" Conference on Internationalisation for Job Creation and Economic Growth, New York, 12-13 April 2012
OECD Conference on Internationalisation for Job Creation and Economic Growth,
New York, 12-13 April 2012
Given the current economic crisis underscoring the extent, depth and meaning of “a global economy”, we need to examine the successes, attempts and failures of HEIs in the development of effective and substantive internationalisation strategies. Based on what has worked, what hasn’t worked and what might work, the SUNY-OECD conference provided participants with models to apply or cases to consider that can inform their national dialogue and support innovation in internationalisation.
The Conference examined the ways in which internationalisation in and of colleges, universities and higher education systems can be leveraged to support economic development in the 21 st century. Creative and effective approaches will be highlighted against the urgency of implementing new strategies in a time of global economic crisis, with job creation, economic recovery policy and human capital development and, above all, innovation at the core of the discussion. The interplay between public policy, academia, and business and industry is key. Government and system policies should aim to maximise the benefits of internationalisation and reap the rewards from participating in the new economic/societal paradigms.
Likewise, academics and institutions should be able to optimise government policies and implement the best international strategy involving the entire community. Industry and services development models need to support and capitalise on government policies. While the university-industry relationship has been on the agenda for some time, until recently government, industry and academia have operated in separate spheres of authority.
Looking forward, economists and policy planners have identified these three aspects of what is termed the triple helix of innovation as more inter-related, and deeply integrated in partnerships for learning, development and application. Internationalisation is an aspect of this new relationship that must be considered as a means of facilitating and promoting a more dynamic convergence of interests and activities.
The OECD What Works conferences have been a successful series of workshops and meetings designed to assist member institutions by reviewing current policy and practice while disseminating examples of successful innovation. They are intended to equip participants with clear-cut examples of institutional strategy development, as well as provide an understanding of the conditions for implementation, the context, and the measurement and assessment of impact.
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