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OECD- EECOLE – Launch of the Geography of Higher Education Task and Finish Group

2022-02-22 @ 15:00 - 2022-02-23 @ 17:00

The OECD Entrepreneurship Education Collaboration and Engagement (EECOLE) network is launching its first task-and-finish group that will work to strengthen the link between higher education institutions and their communities. The Geography of Higher Education promotes innovation and sustainable development in all regions.

Higher education has been a cornerstone of modern economic growth and the academic researchers have produced game-changing technology. Stanford, and the Silicon Valley, has become an iconic example of the potential for globally renowned research to lead to dynamic economic growth. Policy makers and citizens look at higher education institutions (HEIs) and see hubs of entrepreneurship and innovation capability.

Yet, HEIs are not automatic cure-alls, and not all regions can become the next Silicon Valley. Where spill over benefits occur between HEIs and their communities, it is because HEIs are aware of the innovation needs of communities and firms.

The OECD’s Geography of Higher Education task-and-finish group will clarify the meaning of “place-responsiveness” in higher education and discuss what kind of policy actions are needed to put HEIs at the centre of regional and local entrepreneurial ecosystems. The 2-day meeting will be interactive and will offer all participants the possibility to contribute to the discussion.  


Day 1,

22 February 15h00-16h30 CET– The Case for a Place Responsive Higher Education Institution

This session will bring together academic experts to discuss the frameworks and evidence underpinning the place-responsive HEIs.


Shiri Breznitz –  Director, Master of Global Affairs Program – Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, Canada

John Goddard – Professor Emeritus Newcastle University – School of Geography, Politics and Sociology – Professor of Regional Development Studies, United Kingdom.

Andrés Rodriguez Pose –  Princesa de Asturias Chair – Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics – Director of the Cañada Blanch Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.



Day 2

23 February 15h00-16h30 CET – Making place-responsive Higher Education Institutions a reality

The second day of webinars will build on the conceptual framework of the day before, and apply to a set of case-study institutions across OECD member states. The conversation will bring together HE leaders and policy makers to discuss shared challenges and emerging solutions.

Full agenda to be shared in coming weeks.





2022-02-22 @ 15:00
2022-02-23 @ 17:00


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