Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development - Roundtable meeting for Participating Regions - Programme



Wednesday, 9 September 2009   


WELCOMING DINNER (self-financed and optional)



Thursday, 10 September 2009   

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




Welcome and introduction

By Barbara Ischinger, 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 vehicle to mobilise higher education for economic, social and cultural development of cities and regions. In 2004-07, the OECD conducted 14 regional reviews across 12 countries. In 2008-2010, the second round of reviews is reaching out to 15 regions in 11 countries. What are the goals of the OECD activity and what is the current state of play?


Presentation by Jaana Puukka, OECD/IMHE Project Leader.



Regional innovation

The regional dimension of innovation is crucial to promote economic growth and competitiveness. Not every OECD region can be a Silicon Valley, but all regions can  improve their capacity to adapt knowledge for their regional innovation needs. There is a need to improve the evidence base to target policy, make better use of resources in different regional contexts, ensure coherence between innovation and other policy objectives, and evaluate the impact of policies at regional and national level. What do the OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation tell us about national and regional approaches? How can the innovation indicators in the OECD Regional Database be used for international comparisons and analysis at the regional level? What is the role of HEIs in boosting regional innovation?


Presentation by Andrew Davies, OECD Regional Competitiveness and Governance Division

Comments from Susan Christopherson, Cornell University: ''Phoenix Industries'' building on initial advantage






Human capital development in cities and regions

Human capital is by far the strongest determinant of innovation output at the national and regional level. Universities and other higher education institutions can develop human capital in the regions in many different ways. They can widen access to higher education, particularly from lower socio-economic backgrounds and remote areas and/or communities with low traditions of participation in higher education. They can improve the balance between labour market supply and demand through improved labour market intelligence, stronger links with the employers and support for new enterprising. Higher education institutions can also attract talent to the region and help retain it. And by developing new skills and skills for innovation, they foster innovative economic development in their region.


Presentation by Dirk van Damme, Head of the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)




Progress in the regions and City-regions

Each region has been invited to give a brief progress report regarding the review, including major achievements and concerns, putting the review machinery in place, drafting the self-evaluation report and bringing all regional stakeholders together. The regions have also been invited to suggest ideas on how to improve the review process and give comments for the forthcoming third round of reviews.


Reports by representatives from the regions involved in the second round of reviews






Developing entrepreneurship in cities and regions: HEIs' role

Innovative entrepreneurship through new firm creations and adaptation in the existing firm stock is a critical determinant of local economic growth. 

Cities and regions and their development agencies are exploring ways of supporting their economies to adapt and grow. Innovative entrepreneurship through new firm start-ups is critical to local economic growth and dynamism. But promising entrepreneurial potentials amongst university graduates and researchers are far from being exhausted. OECD studies show that higher education institutions can play a considerable role in hatching new firms and supporting their growth. How can higher education support the business-creation process? What contributions to entrepreneurship can be made by universities and other higher education institutions? What are the links between business creation, university activities and urban and regional economic development policies?


Presentation by Jonathan Potter, OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED)

Comments from Marti Parellada/Josep Vilalta (Spain: Catalonia) and comments from Paolo Trivellato (Italy: Lombardy)



Lessons learned from the review in the Bío Bío region (Chile)

Chile has made considerable progress in the reform of higher education and has made greater decentralisation a priority in order to unleash the potential of its diverse regions. Still, regional performance varies widely, revealing underutilised regional potential. The concentration of Chile’s innovation system slows the development of regional innovative systems, but progress is being made to promote regional innovation initiatives. Education and the improvement of human capital should be a priority for reasons of competitiveness and equity. Chile is now ready for the second generation higher education reforms and stronger regional approach to development.
The OECD/World Bank review visit to the Bío Bío Region took place in August 2009. The review was the first of the fifteen reviews in 2009-2010 and the first one of its kind conducted in Chile. What can we learn from this review?

Presentation by Martin Zilic, Chair of the Regional Steering Committee for the Bío Bío Region

Comments from the OECD review team by Philip Wade (former OECD)

Comments by María Pilar Armanet, Ambassador of Chile in France






Friday, 11 September 2009  

Chairs : Jaana Puukka and Richard Yelland, OECD/IMHE



Regional partnership and capacity building : How did we do it ?

There are tangible advantages for higher education institutions and their local and regional communities through stronger interaction.  Developing the capacity for joint working between regional actors and agencies and HEIs and among HEIs is often needed. What can we learn from examples in different regions? Regional co-ordinators from 4 regions share their experiences


Engaging the regional stakeholders in the review process:
by Monique de Knegt (Netherlands: Rotterdam City Region)
by Lisa Colquitt-Muñoz (US-Mexico: Paso del Norte Region)

Engaging the Higher Education Institutions in the review process:
by Eulalia Petit de Gabriel (Spain: The Autonomous Region of Andalusia)
by John E. Golub (Israel: The Galilee)





Introducing new regions

New regions for the third round of reviews will present themselves:


Free State (South Africa) by Lochner Marais, Head of the Centre for Development Support, University of Free State
Valparaiso (Chile) by Fernando Aldea, Executive Director of Valparaiso Regional Development Agency
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) by Saran Kaur Gill, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Industry and community Partnerships), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
New England (the United States) by Michael K. Thomas, President & CEO, New England Board of Higher Education
Oulu (Finland) by Hanna Honkamäkilä, EU co-ordinator, University of Oulu


Next steps and closing remarks


Presentation by Jaana Puukka, OECD/IMHE


Meeting closes


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