OECD Roundtable on Higher Education in Regional and City Development - Programme



Wednesday 15 September 2010

Chair : Richard Yelland, Head of the OECD programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE)




Welcome and introduction

Bernard HUGONNIER, Deputy Director for Education, OECD



OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development: overview of the OECD work

Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development are the OECD’s tool to mobilise universities and other HEIs for economic, social and cultural development of cities and regions. In the past five years OECD has conducted 28 reviews across 18 countries. The ongoing 2nd review round (2008-10) has reached out to 14 regions in 11 countries. What is the current state of the review process?

Presentation by Jaana PUUKKA, Project Leader, OECD/IMHE



Local development, SMEs and HEIs

The mission of the OECD LEED programme is to contribute to the creation of more and better jobs at the local level. LEED identifies, analyses and disseminates innovative ideas for local development, governance and the social economy. What needs of SMEs and local development does the LEED work highlight? How can HEIs contribute to local development?

Presentation by Marco MARCHESE, Analyst, OECD/LEED

• Boosting university-business collaboration and regional engagement of HEIs in the European Union
The European Commission’s University-Business Forum was launched as a response to the need for sustainable dialogue between the academic and business communities to support the knowledge economy. What are the key goals of EU in terms of HEIs’ business collaboration and regional engagement? What policy mechanisms and incentives are in place to support these goals?

Presentation by Peter BAUR, Deputy Head of Unit Lifelong learning, Higher Education and International Affairs, EC - Directorate General for Education and Culture


• Technology transfer models: Improving the potential for business establishment and job creation

Presentation by Susan CHRISTOPHERSON, Professor, Cornell University (US)




Drivers and barriers for HEIs to engage in city and regional development
HE policy often has an emphasis on the pursuit of excellence based on national and international goals. Given the diversity of regional assets and needs, it is important to strengthen the links between regional development, higher education and R&D. What are the key drivers and barriers to regional engagement? How can authorities mobilise HEIs for regional engagement? What can HE leaders do?

Presentation by John GODDARD, Professor Emeritus, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)

• The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) in the UK
Few OECD countries have sufficient incentive structures for HEIs’ regional engagement. The HEIF fund builds capacity and provides incentives for universities to work with business, public sector bodies and third sector partners in order to transfer knowledge and improve products, goods and services. In 2007 the UK Government announced a fourth round of HEIF (2008-11), with funding rising to a final year allocation of GBP 150 million for 2010-11. What have been the benefits of the HEIF funding? How has it improved knowledge exchange in cities and regions?

Presentation by Alice FROST, Head of Business and Community Policy, Higher Education Funding Council for England (UK)

Comments from:

Helena NAZARÉ, Vice President, European University Association, former Rector of the University of Aveiro (POR)



Boosting innovation in different types of regions
Different types of regions call for diversified innovation strategies. How can policy makers and HEIs help build regional advantage in institutionally thin peripheral regions or fragmented metropolitan regions? What lessons can be learnt from the reviews of Berlin and Rotterdam and other regions that have undergone the OECD review?

Presentation by Bjørn ASHEIM, Deputy Director, Circle, University of Lund (SE)

• University leading the regional development in Tarragona
The University Rovira i Virgili in the province of Tarragona in Catalonia has an active  regional development agenda, including leading the regional strategy process, creating entry points for SMEs to the university knowledge base, developing social and cultural programming in 22 cities in southern Catalonia and building a knowledge-based petro-chemical industry cluster in the sub-region. What are the drivers and constraints for this engagement? How does the university fulfil its multiple roles in practice?

Presentation by Francesc GRAU, Rector, University Rovira i Virgili (ES)


• Humboldt-Innovation GmbH in Berlin
Humboldt-Innovation GmbH is the knowledge and technology transfer office of Humboldt University Berlin. It is a one-stop-shop for technology transfer, contract research and entrepreneurship support and has supported more than 20 successful spin-offs and accompanied over 200 research projects. Financially self-sustainable, its annual turnover was EUR 4.5 million (2008). What are the needs of the Berlin economy and how does Humboldt-Innovation respond to them? How to run a successful TTO within a context of a traditional university?

Presentation by Martin MAHN, Managing Director, Humboldt-Innovation GmbH (DE)


• Technology Transfer Activities in the Politecnico di Milano
Politecnico di Milano’s Technology Transfer Office seeks to improve the university’s relationship with industry and promote the commercial potential of the politecnico research in order to generate innovative products and jobs in the region. How has the TTO handled its intellectual property management and its spin-off creation process?  What are the results of this university-industry relationship?

Presentation by Gianluca VALENTINI, Deputy Rector for Intellectual Property Management, Politecnico di Milano (IT)





Thursday 16 September 2010

Chairs : Jaana Puukka and Richard Yelland, OECD/IMHE



Human capital development in cities and regions: widening access and attracting talent
Human capital is by far the strongest determinant of innovation output at the national and regional level. Widening access to higher education, particularly people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and remote areas and/or communities with a limited tradition of participating in higher education will bring positive outcomes in the long term development of cities and regions. What should regional authorities and HEIs do address this challenge?

Presentation by Aims McGUINNESS, Senior Associate, NCHEMS (US)

• “Access And Success” in Victoria University in Australia
The Australian Government aims to ensure that by 2020, 40% of all 25-34 year-olds complete an undergraduate degree and 20% of undergraduate students are from low socio-economic backgrounds. In the State of Victoria, where educational services are the strongest export, the participation targets are even higher. The universities in the state have all taken steps to increase participation. One of them is Victoria University which has over 50 000 students enrolled across the city-centre and western suburbs of Melbourne, which are the fastest growing but poorest areas in the city. It serves a student population with a higher than average representation from low socio-economic and non-English speaking backgrounds. What can we learn from Victoria University’s experience in widening access and improving success in HE?

Presentation by Linda ROSENMAN, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Victoria University (AUS)


• Widening access to HE among Arab community in Israel
Israel is a multi-cultural, multi-religious country. A central challenge is the disparity between Arab and Jewish population groups in terms of employment and education outcomes. While progress has been made in recent years, Arab educational and employment outcomes continue to lag behind. In 2009 the Israeli government and the Council of Higher Education approved the opening of the first comprehensive Arabic-language college of higher education (Nazareth Academic Institution). What are the barriers to higher education and employment among Arab population? What are the goals and challenges of the first comprehensive Arab college?

Presentation by Aliza SHENHAR, President, Yezreel Valley College (IL)

Presentation by Raed MU'ALEM, Senior Vice President, Nazareth Academic Institution (IL)


• Talent attraction in Catalonia
Catalonia is recruiting international talent to fuel its knowledge and innovation-intensive strategy. Established in 2001, ICREA foundation is a dedicated head-hunting agency to recruit top scientists for the Catalan R&D system in order to boost Catalonia’s international competitiveness. ICREA has hired 249 researchers in different areas of research. Permanent full-time positions are funded from the public purse. How does ICREA function in practice? What are the causes of its success?

Presentation by Jaume BERTRANPETIT, Director, ICREA (ES)




Green growth and HEIs

OECD is developing a Green Growth Strategy that will identify and develop practical policy tools for securing the transformation to a greener economy. This will assist countries and regions in their efforts to respond to the growing policy demands to build sustainable economies. How can HEIs support Green Growth in their cities and regions through education, research and services? What is the rationale for the engagement of HEIs in strategic policy making for green growth at the regional level? What can we learn from the OECD reviews about the important contributions of universities to the green growth?

Presentation by Mario PIACENTINI, Economist, OECD/Public Governance and Territorial Development


• Green Innovation project in Wales
A new Green Innovation project at Bangor University is designed to help catalyse the green economy through networks, conferences, collaborative projects and high level skills provision involving academics and students from environmental sciences and business schools and people from the private and the public sector. What insights can we gain from this multi-stakeholder initative?

Presentation by David JOYNER, Director of Innovation, University of Bangor (UK)


• Rotterdam and Green Growth

Presentation by Marco WAAS, Dean, Delft University of Technology, President of the Regional Steering Committee for the OECD Review of Rotterdam (NL)




Managing spaces and places for higher education within a changing context

Universities have substantial impact on the local and regional development planning of cities and regions – on housing, transport systems and local services from healthcare to retail. They can contribute significantly to regeneration of cities through renovation of existing buildings or replanning of urban areas. What are the trends and the critical issues that university managers need to consider when managing their space?

Presentation by Alastair BLYTH, Analyst, OECD/CELE

• Urban regeneration in Barcelona: Catalan universities developing 22@ and Diagonal-Besós
The City of Barcelona has an innovative approach to urban regeneration, transforming old industrial and/or distressed areas into multifunctional urban areas, with mix of living space, business and knowledge-intensive activities. Part of the strategy is to bring in or relocate a university as an catalyst for urban regeneration. What can we learn from the experiences of 22@Barcelona innovation district and the Diagonal-Besòs Campus?

Presentation by Xavier TESTAR, Director, Barcelona Research and Innovation Programme, City Council of Barcelona (ES)


• Dublin Institute of Technology: institutional transformation a catalyst for city development?
The Grangegorman Campus of the DIT will bring together geographically scattered university departments and functions. Located in a disadvantaged area of northern Dublin the new campus will not only improve the university operations but will also provide an opportunity to make it more accessible to the local community.

Presentation by Ellen HAZELKORN, Director of Research and Enterprise and Dean of the Graduate Research School, Dublin Institute of Technology (IRL)


University of Milano-Bicocca in Urban Regeneration
In 1980s after a decade of decline, a  major auto company closed most its operations in a site in Milan, leaving 750 000 square metres squared. An international competition was launched to transform this industrial space into a multifunctional urban environment. A new state university, Milano-Bicocca was established in the area to foster knowledge development. What are the outcomes of this urban renewal?

Presentation by Lorenzo BAGNOLI, Researcher, University of Milano-Bicocca (IT)


Making the most of the OECD review: how to keep the momentum?
There are tangible advantages for local and regional communities and their universities through partnership building in OECD reviews. How to keep the momentum throughout the review and beyond? What can we learn from examples in different regions? Regional co-ordinators from regions will share their experiences.

Presentation by Lisa COLQUITT-MUÑOZ, Regional Co-ordinator for the OECD review of Paso del Norte (US-MX)

Presentation by Monique de KNEGT, Regional Co-ordinator for the OECD review of Rotterdam (NL)

Presentation by Cássio ROLIM, Regional Co-ordinator for the OECD review of Paraná (BR)




Third round of OECD reviews


• Free State

A brief progress report regarding the review. Presentation by Lochner MARAIS, Regional Co-ordinator for the OECD review of Free State and Director at the Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State (SA)


Introducing new regions:

• North Of Scotland (UK)

Presentation by Steve CANNON, Secretary to the University and Director of Operations, University of Aberdeen (UK)

• Singapore

Presentation by SEERAM Ramakrishna, Vice President, Research Strategy, National University of Singapore (SG)

• Wrocław (Poland)

Presentation by Maciej LITWIN, Head of University Relations, City of Wrocław (PL)



Next steps and launch of the final conference in Seville, Spain, February 2011

Jaana PUUKKA, Project Leader, OECD/IMHE

Presentation by Eulalia PETIT DE GABRIEL, Regional Co-ordinator for the OECD review of Andalusia (ES) 

Other representatives from the universities of Andalusia (ES)


Meeting closes


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