Complexity and diversity – the ‘global problematique’
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Tectonic grinding occurs as political power, based in economic success, moves between the large regions, contributing to the sense of global problematique. In 2007-2008, diverse regions volunteered to undertake action research to understand and strengthen the contribution of their higher education institutions (HEIs) to regional development. International Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Learning (PASCAL) as a flexible non-governmental organisation (NGO) also includes regions defined locally, for example by patterns of HEI catchment and provision, as well as official sub-national and sub-State administrative regions. Culture and values cannot be changed by local regions, or by universities, alone. Regional governance that draws on and draws together the commitment and resources of local stakeholders, including higher education, may make the attempt more realistically.

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