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Analysis Twente

The problem of ‘brain drain’ has been on the political agenda in the Twente region for more than ten years. Twente has a mismatch between the need for highly qualified workforce given the regional ambition of being a high tech, innovative region and the brain drain and present level of education in the region. This general problem is most strongly felt in times of economic boom when the pull factors from the core region are extra strong. But there is a general understanding among public and private actors that the region has to work on reducing the brain drain, producing more human capital and attract people from outside the region.

During the last ten years different strategies were formulated, collectively or individually, by private and public partners. These strategy processes do not only have different actors involved but also have different angles on brain flow problems. There is a strong link in the Twente region between innovation strategies and brain flow strategies. As  formal strategies that produce separate strategy documents or parts of documents, we can distinguish the human capital agenda Twente;  the human capital agenda Top sector policy cluster high tech materials and several municipal and regional economic plans and labour market plans. Some other initiatives have more the character of business plans for chosen solutions than strategies, namely the Career Centre Twente initiative, the expat centre and the foundation Region branding Twente.

The regional ambition of being an innovative region was in Twente early on linked with the problem of enough human capital, from the idea if we that If the region wants to further develop, we need the right people. What is specific for the Twente region is that it has strong policy and issue networks of private and public actor and a tradition in collective problem solving. Getting the right people is not only seen as a problem for individual organisations nor as a government problem of organising education to fulfil the demand of the labour market and the economy. In the development of the strategies the so-called Twente index, a yearly monitor of the socio-economic and labour market development, supported the policy decisions.

Twente Fact Sheet

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Twente Policy Review

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Twente Policy Development and Integration

SUMMARY COMPONENT 3C Twente 1.       Starting situation The problem of ‘brain drain’ has been on the political agenda in the Twente region for more than ten years. Till the 1960’s Twente was a mono-economy that was strongly based on textile and machine building. In the 1960’s, as one of the answers to the loss of …

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