Role of Higher Education Institutions – COVID-19, their ecosystems and networks, 19 June 2020

The Geography of Higher Education Institutions

– How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the role of HEIs vis-à-vis their ecosystems and networks

  • a joint webinar of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the connections between HEIs and their ecosystems. Many HEIs have reorganised their activities, to face the new challenge. Teaching has been moved on-line. A stronger link between basic and applied research has emerged, due to the pressing need to respond to the health crisis.

HEIs have found new ways to support and collaborate with their local communities and national governments. Going forward, HEIs may need to better understand the language and needs of firms of different sizes and ages. A better understanding of the business environment can help improving teaching to provide students with flexibility, autonomy, accountability, and – more in general – with a “learning-to-learn” attitude.

All HEIs, in all sectors and fields, need to embrace a digital paradigm, which should orient their missions and activities. Entrepreneurial, innovative and digital HEIs can collect granular information and generate data flows (while respecting privacy) and, in reverse, providing individuals with tailored information and learning opportunities.

Knowledge exchange and collaboration activities are multidimensional and encompass other dimensions, besides business. HEIs have been playing a pivotal role to move forward the Agenda 2030.

The capacity to create interdisciplinary platforms and holistic planning is key to handle the pandemic and it will be important also in the “regeneration” phase, to promote sustainable development and inclusion, in all ecosystems once the pandemic is over or under control.

In general, entrepreneurial and innovative HEIs could become hubs within territorial networks generating information, skills and support for policies, including sustainable, smart, regional development and well-being.

  • 19 June 2020 (14:00-15:30 CEST, Paris - UTC+2 hours)

The confirmed speakers are:

Denis Gauvreau, Polytechnique of Montréal
Juan Carlos Navarro, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Andrés Rodriguez Pose, London School of Economics and Political Science

Introduction and closing remarks: Lucia Cusmano, OECD

Hosts: Giulia Ajmone Marsan, ERIA – Raffaele Trapasso, OECD

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