Meet the OECD Experts: OECD Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Building Stronger, Fairer and Cleaner Regions


IMHE General Conference 2012

Monday 17 September, 17h00-18h00

Room number: 6, OECD Conference Centre


Following decades of expansion in higher education, there is a greater focus on how universities contribute to economic and social development. With the processes of globalisation and localisation, the local availability of knowledge and skills is becoming more and more important.

This session highlights the international work on higher education in cities and regions. Since 2005, the OECD has reviewed higher education systems in more than 30 cities and regions in 20+ countries. These reviews have facilitated partnerships between governments, universities and communities. They have helped mobilise universities for economic, social and cultural development.

  • What have we learnt from this work?
  • What are the big challenges ahead?
  • What are the challenges and strengths in Asia, Europe and America?


Baroness Sal Brinton


OECD expert:

Jaana Puukka, leader of the OECD work on higher education in regional and city development



  • Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Vice-Chancellor/President, Albukhary International University, Malaysia; Vice-President, International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Maria Helena Nazare, President of the European University Association
  • Francisco Marmolejo, Executive Director, Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) and Assistant Vice President, University of Arizona


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