Equity and Human Capital Development: the Role of Higher Education

 

Jamil Salmi, World Bank

 

Given the extensive social and private benefits that result from higher education, inclusive access and success are essential for achieving social justice and ensuring the realisation of the full potential of all young people.  This presentation will propose a conceptual framework for analysing inequality at the higher education level and underline some common misconceptions about the issues at hand.  It will highlight the main findings of the OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development regarding the financial and non financial determinants of disparities and examine the most effective strategies regional and institutional to reduce disparities of access and success in higher education.