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13th September 2007 Higher Education and Competitiveness: Is there a linear connection? Alf Vanags BICEPS www.biceps.org.

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1 13th September 2007 Higher Education and Competitiveness: Is there a linear connection? Alf Vanags BICEPS

2 13th September 2007 Some initial thoughts Higher education is good Or is it always? What is good higher education? What is competitiveness?

3 13th September 2007 Good higher education? Regional Rank Institution* World Rank Country National Rank 1Univ Cambridge4UK1 2Univ Oxford10UK2 3Imperial Coll London23UK3 4Univ Coll London25UK4 5Swiss Fed Inst Tech - Zurich27Switzerland1 6 Univ Paris 06 39France1 7Univ Utrecht42Netherlands1 8Univ Copenhagen46Denmark1 9Univ Manchester48UK5 10Univ Paris 1152France2

4 13th September 2007 Competitiveness? Switzerland1 Finland2 Sweden3 Denmark4 Singapore5 United States6 Japan7 Germany8 Netherlands9 United Kingdom10 Global competitiveness index 2006

5 13th September 2007 A paradox?

6 13th September 2007 What kind of education? Matching labour market needs? –Who is to decide? Science and engineering? –No guarantee that this translates to innovation Quality and flexibility –On the job training

7 13th September 2007 What can be done at the regional level? Higher education highly fragmented across the region Conservative higher education systems Exchanges tend to be to outside the region A Baltic higher education space?


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