Abstracts: Facilities for Higher Education and Higher Education and Regions


OECD reviews of higher education in regional development

OECD Speaker: Jaana Puukka

With the process of globalisation, the competitive advantage of urban centres and regions that create the best conditions for growth, development and innovation is increasing. Consequently there is also a growing interest in how universities and other higher education institutions can contribute to the development of their cities and wider regions. This presentation draws lessons from the ongoing OECD work on higher education in regional development. This work focuses on rapidly developing economies and city regions and takes forward the recommendations of the extensive four-year study entitled “Supporting the

Contribution of Higher Education Institutions to Regional Development” that engaged 14 regions across 12 countries in 2004-2007. While the study did not provide a one-size fits-all solution, it did point to important general issues that need to be considered by higher education institutions, the local and regional stakeholders and national governments. The presentation will highlight the experiences and good practice examples of participating HEIs and regions and will present the new phase of OECD work.


Facilities for Higher Education

OECD Speaker: Alistair Blyth


Research shows the increasing importance of the role of higher education institutions in local and regional economies through knowledge creation and knowledge transfer, including skills development and cultural and community development. Facilities play a crucial role in meeting educational needs and providing places where knowledge exchange can happen.

However, they are an expensive commodity to provide and maintain. There is growing interest in how universities can make best use of space they have and the types of space needed for different activities, how to manage this space and ways in which space can be provided. This presentation draws lessons from current OECD work on higher education facilities and future work in this area.



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