Review of higher education institutions in regional development 2008-10: The Bío Bío Region, Chile


The OECD Bío Bío review report is available here .


The executive summary is available here.


The Bío Bío Region has pioneered regional development in Chile. It has a high concentration of higher education and research activity. Its universities and other higher education institutions have made significant progress in widening access to education. But challenges remain: the Bío Bío Region continues to suffer from brain drain as well as higher than average unemployment and poverty rates. This joint OECD and World Bank review explores a range of helpful policy measures and institutional reforms to mobilise higher education for the development of the Bío Bío Region.



Higher education has been defined as a high-priority sector for regional development.

By participating in the OECD Review of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Regional Development, the region hopes to:

  • Identify and overcome barriers to regional growth
  • Enhance the co-ordination of HEIs
  • Improve co-ordination within the private sector
  • Improve the relationship between HEIs, the private sector and government
  • Establish a permanent dialogue group


Key issues in Bío Bío

  • Widening access to higher education
  • Enhancing the quality of higher education
  • Building stronger state universities
  • Increasing the scientific and technological capacity of the region and the country


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


Regional Co-ordinator in the Bío Bío Region

Universidad de Concepción
Facultad de Medicina






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