Local learning and international experiences in higher education-industry relationships: apples and oranges?

SOURCE: Entrepreneurship and knowledge exchange
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2015
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Lorentzen
SOURCE EDITOR(S): J.Mitra, J.Edmondson
KEYWORDS: HIGHER EDUCATION, HIGHER EDUCATION-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8781

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the sense and nonsense of comparing higher education-industry relationships across countries. It discusses the conditions under which international bench marking leads to potentially deleterious policy conclusions and underlines the importance of context specificity. It argues for more attention to the dynamics of local learning, taken here to mean the absorptive capacities of a range of economic actors. It concludes by showing how research into the conditions of local learning can shed light on how regions or countries might make it easier for economic actors to learn how to learn or in other words, to bridge the gap between lessons from elsewhere and their own absorptive capacities.