University Rankings, the Triple Helix Model and Webometrics: Opening Pandora’s Box!

Friday 20th February, 2015, 11 am CET

The Triple Helix Model has a number of profound implications when applied to university and innovation rankings. The Model not only widens the scope of what constitutes the core mission of a university, but it also provides a fresh perspective on how institutional performance is evaluated, and consequently raises important questions about what the ‘model university’ is, or if a ‘Triple Helix model university’ (can) exist? And in addition to challenging our definition of a university, the Triple Helix Model itself is challenged: are universities, industry and government always the three relevant sectors? What about the humanities or more practice-oriented education? Does the Triple Helix Model apply to a music school or a nursing college? If so, in what ways? Intersecting these conceptual questions is the emerging field of Internet metrics (Webometrics) which provides tremendous insight into communication at a time when the Internet itself is transforming higher education.

During the 1 hour webinar our Speakers will go through these questions with the aim  to re-frame ideas about university rankings, the Triple Helix Model and measurement methods.

It will be targeted at academics as well as practitioners and policy makers with an interest in Entrepreneurial University metrics and economic impact .

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Prof. Han Woo Park, Dept of Media & Communication, YeungNam University, South Korea

Han Woo Park is a Full Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at YeungNam University, South Korea. His research focuses on the use of new digital technologies in extending social and semantic networks and the role of communication in scientific, technical, innovative, and governmental activities. He has been a research associate at the Royal Netherlands Academy, a visiting scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute, and a director of the World Class University Webometrics Institute. He is currently the director of the Cyber Emotions Research Center and Asia Triple Helix Society. He has founded a prestigious conference on Triple Helix and Network Sciences in Asia, called DISC (Daegu Gyeongbuk International Social Network Conference,, He sits on the editorial boards of prestigious journals including Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, Scientometrics, Quality & Quantity, Knowledge Economy, and Big Data & Society.  Further, he has guest-edited special issues with Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Asian Journal of Communication.



Pieter Stek, Doctoral Student, Economics of Innovation, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Pieter Stek is a Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He previously completed Master’s Degrees at Yonsei University, Korea, and the University of Twente, the Netherlands. The title of his dissertation research is: “National Innovation Systems and Cluster Development in Knowledge Intensive Industries”. He is also an Advisor for External Relations at QS Asia Quacquarelli Symmonds, Singapore, an adjunct lecturer at Chonbuk National University and Myongji University, Korea and International Liaison Officer for the Asia Triple Helix Society, Korea.

Previously, he was External Relations Manager in the Office of International Affairs at Sungkyunkwan University, Korea.

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