Date: 2nd May, 2024 (Thurdsday)
Time: 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (GMT+8)
Venue: Room 203 , Runme Shaw Building, The University of Hong Kong & ZOOM
Speaker: Professor Wei Ha (Peking University)
Chair: Professor Gerard A. Postiglione (The University of Hong Kong)


Triple Helix model has gained popularity since its birth. It categorizes three types of Triple Helix models but has failed to elucidate potential pathways to a balanced triple helix model. Our paper outlines seven development stages given the synergistic nature of the three helix and charts out possible pathways to a balanced triple helix stage. Furthermore, we provide evidence drawn from regional cases in China to show that there is no one-size-fit-all in the construction of a balanced triple helix model. Usually, a region/city would achieve a breakthrough in one of the three helixes followed by subsequent successes in the other two. It would be naïve to take the success of such efforts for granted. In fact, some regions are bound to be stuck in a less than ideal development stage while others may even experience a painful decoupling of its balanced triple helix.

About the Speaker

Professor Ha Wei is the Associate Dean and Associate Professor (with tenure) of Education Policy and Management at the Graduate School of Education, Peking University. He specializes in impact evaluation of education policies in China. In recent years, his research interest concentrates on the effects of the mushrooming of new university campuses on local social and economic development in China. He received his BA and MA from Peking University and his Ph.D. from Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining PKU, he served as policy specialist and senior policy specialist with UNDP and UNICEF in the US and in Africa for almost seven years. He frequently consults with Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and UN agencies. Since 2023, he has served as the Associate Editor of International Journal of Education Development and as a member on the Editorial Board of Education Finance and Policy.

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