This policy brief highlights the potential of ETER data to study the regional distribution of HEIs and their contribution to regional development. The main highlights are:
- The regions with a large number of HEIs are large metropolitan areas (in particular capital cities) and university towns.
- On average, a student can find a HEI by travelling less than 50 km.
- Several areas in the south and east of Europe, in the north of UK and in parts of France of Germany have a low spatial density of HEIs.
- PhD‐awarding HEIs are more concentrated in large cities.