How to Practice the Triple Helix Model: roundtable discussion at the University of Management and Technology, Lahore

On the 30th October 2017 the South Asia and Pakistan Chapter of the Triple Helix Association (SATHA) hosted a presentation by Professor Emanuela Todeva from the UK on the Triple Helix model and its challenges in Pakistan. The meeting was led by Prof. Emanuela Todeva and Mr. Rahmat Ullah. Among the participants were deans and directors from different departments of the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore and also from industry and government of Pakistan. The meeting aimed to reveal the challenges and barriers to triple helix interactions in the context of a developing country and to accelerate the understanding about the triple helix model in Pakistan.

In introduction, Rahmat Ullah presented to the audience the networks that have been initiated under SATHA leadership – such as Association of ORICs Pakistan (Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization), and the Pakistan Policy Institutes Network (PPIN).

The presentation by Professor Todeva engaged the audience with the Triple helix model and its evolution over time, as well as practical cases of Triple Helix in action in the UK, Germany, Brazil, and across European regions.






Participants voiced a number of skeptical concerns, as well as reports on their activities in bridging across the University-industry-government boundaries. The overall discussion concluded that the Triple Helix model is an excellent driver that provides a platform for innovation and economic development for Pakistan by the means of hybridization of elements from university, industry, and government to generate new institutional and social formats for the production, transfer, and application of knowledge.

A synthesis from the discussion, containing the TEN most important drivers of triple helix in Pakistan, will be published in the following edition of Helice.

At the end of the meeting Professor Todeva was introduced to the new initiative of UMT, The Office of Career Services (OCS), SATHA, in collaboration with a number of Faculties and Departments at UMT – the Human Capital Development Forum as a Think Tank for combatting the low ranking of Pakistan in global comparative indexes for measuring innovation and competitiveness.

For more information on the activities of SATHA and the SATHA innovation Award, you can visit the web-site at

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