The First International Triple Helix Summit was held in April 2017 in the University of Nairobi. The theme of the Summit was Accelerating attainment of SDGs through ICT + Data. This was meant to catalyze the overall attainment of Sustainable Development Goals. The Summit proposed the use of a Quadra Helix approach that incorporates Government, the private sector, Civil Society and Academia.

It was a three-day event with1153 participants (413-profesional and 743-Student delegates). The event received 157 abstracts (Health- 50, Education-50, Environments-33, ICT + Data-24), of which 47 were in line with the theme hence presented to address different agendas on SDGs.

The full report on the Summit is available at this link.


From mid-November 2017 the THA has invited all its members to vote online for the election of a new Board. This includes – President, two Vice-Presidents, six Board Members and two Auditors. The new elected Board will take office from 1 January 2018 for a two year period. All THA paid members are entitled and invited to cast their vote!


The I Entrepreneurial University Brazilian Symposium

Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and Vice President Triple Helix Association

The I Entrepreneurial University Brazilian Symposium held on 17- 18 November 2017 in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, and organized by the University Center of Sete Lagoas (UNIFEMM), brought together sixty-five researchers from ten universities, to share their experiences, to learn from one another, and to debate the entrepreneurial university evolution in the country.

The objective was to discuss the results of the project “Proposition and Validation of Entrepreneurial University indicators”, conducted by the Brazilian team of the Global Entrepreneurial University Metrics Initiative (GEUM) chaired by Adelaide Baeta, the supervisor of the Project in Minas Gerais, and Carolina Horta, the coordinator of the Professional Master’s Program in Biotechnology and Innovation Management (UNIFEMM). The event was sponsored by the federal agency Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes).

The symposium was structured around small workshops, roundtable, and a web conference, to allow the presentation of different universities pathway experiences towards transformation in entrepreneurial organizations.

In the session “Contextualization and potentialities of the Project Proposition and Validation of Entrepreneurial University Indicators”, Mariza Almeida from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Triple Helix Vice-President, presented the partial results of the research project. She pointed out that the quality education system approved by the Minister of Education doesn’t include indicators   directed to evaluate the entrepreneurial dimension of the universities, similarly that the GEUM’s findings related to the international university rankings.

Considering this gap, the project objective is to propose a set of indicators to evaluate the entrepreneurship activities inside the Brazilian universities. The survey conducted with 119 Brazilian Universities with qualitative and quantitative questions, received forty replies which allowed evaluation of the level of entrepreneurial activities based on some variables, such as the stage of the implementation of the intellectual property policy, entrepreneurship courses, number of patents applications, social entrepreneurship, and revenues from industry interaction.

The efforts of some institutions in addressing innovation and entrepreneurship were presented by their representatives during the session “Entrepreneurship and university-industry interaction”. Mario Borges Neto, President of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), presented the main projects designed by the federal government to stimulate the relationship between university and industry; Gustavo Costa de Souza from Foundation of Support Research of the State of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) explained the main activities at the regional level, in Minas Gerais State; Jason de Oliveira Duarte from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) explained the challenges in a state-owned research corporation, while Gilberto Medeiros from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Antônio Fernandino de Castro Bahia Filho, rector of University Center, explained how their institutions are pursuing those dimensions in diverse ways relevant to their courses and research programs.

Professor Henry Etzkowitz participated in a web conference “University evolution towards entrepreneurship”, chaired Ary Plonski from São Paulo University, by answering questions from the audience to allow all participants to enter into practical discussion and clarify aspects related to the Triple Helix model.

In the final two sessions several participants of the project “Proposition and Validation of Entrepreneurial University indicators” discussed the next steps of the research: what are the most appropriated indicators to evaluate the Brazilian universities entrepreneurial activities? How can we help universities to collect and publish their data about entrepreneurial activities? How are the dimensions to be underlined in the case studies to explain the entrepreneurial universities activities and their evolution over time?

Feedback from the symposium was very positive – participants greatly enjoyed the chance to meet other participants of the research project from different institutions and states, the opportunity to network and to learn from one another, and the chance to explore ideas that it was decided to transform the symposium into an annual event.

THA Welcomes Applications for Hosting Meetings (2019 onwards)

Want to host a Triple Helix Meeting in your country? The THA offer a wide array of meetings from small workshops to large events, like the Triple Helix Conference and the Triple Helix TH Summit.

For more information on THA meetings, please consult the THA Meetings Portfolio Presentation to select the event which would best fit your agenda, and then consult the Open Call for Proposals for advice on how to submit your application. Both documents are available at future-conference-proposals

For more information, or to submit your application, please contact Mrs Maria Laura Fornaci, *email address protected*, THA Executive Director, and Professor Tariq Durrani, *email address protected*, Chair of the Future Meetings Committee.

2018 EFMD (ESMU) – HUMANE Wintr School

Join the next EFMD(ESMU) – HUMANE Winter School for Senior Managers at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, on 18-23 March 2018 .

The EFMD (ESMU) – HUMANE Winter School for Senior Managers is a highly intensive leadership programme for talented fast-rising managers of administration or services.

Do not miss this exciting opportunity to gain new leadership and management skills! Register here.

For further information, please visit or contact Cecilia Heidelberger at  *email address protected*