Two key partners – (1) the region
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Engagement between a region and a university is a kind of mixed marriage. It can be difficult to bring and keep together in productive union two very different partners. This chapter considers the first of these two partners: the region. Local regions have much less formal power and lower status than national governments, whose policies, whims and political accidents circumscribe what they can do. In the large-region context the engagement of higher education with (local) regional development takes different forms, depending on the cultures, histories and economies of the world regions. Higher education is a universally acknowledged main seat of learning. Yet learning is also increasingly important in the region, at least in the sense that lifelong learning in 'the learning region' has become an almost automatic policy precept.

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