Building Triple Helix partnerships: the key to building competitive economies


“I feel fortunate being part of a learning environment with professionals coming from 3 different continents and 9 countries. For some of us, it was the first experience of coming to the Netherlands and moreover meeting people from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Indonesia, Rwanda, Uganda, Egypt, Iraq, Vietnam, Morocco, Lebanon and Kenya.” This is what Ms. Antonya Rumondang Sinaga from Indonesia said after successfully completing the Short Executive programme Building Triple Helix Partnerships which took place from 06 – 10 March 2023.

This is what Ms. Antonya Rumondang Sinaga from Indonesia said after successfully completing the Short Executive programme Building Triple Helix Partnerships  which took place from 06 – 10 March 2023.

She added: “We can share and learn from each other’s knowledge, culture, language and laughter. This experience helps broaden our paradigm and insights and we hope we can visit each other in the future and maybe meet again in Maastricht. My colleague and I are lecturers from IBP university in Indonesia which has a long history of collaboration with MSM

According to Ms. Ima Kusumanti (Indonesia) MSM is a great environment for study and international exchange. “You will be immersed in a new culture, study at a well-respected institute as part of Maastricht University, have memorable experiences and make plenty of friends. Also nice to mention is that the city in Maastricht offers much fun activities and exciting places to go.

Dr. Julius Gatune Kariuki, Senior Project Consultant at MSM, designed this programme for entrepreneurs/business managers, academics/researchers, policy makers and other development actors keen to see how innovations can be catalysed and commercialised. Dr. Gatune explains the importance of this topic: “Innovation is never automatic, there is need for a deliberate effort to catalyse and scale innovation. We need to bring people from business spheres, policy spheres and academia spheres together in concert. For this to happen, we need a framework. The Triple Helix framework is such a framework. In the programme we explore how to build triple helix partnerships.

About the programme
Innovation is at the heart of economic development, as solutions are needed to address the many development challenges. Academia is crucial in generating knowledge and knowhow that underpins innovations while the industry is key in commercialising knowledge and innovations. Both these efforts require considerable mobilisation of resources.  There is also need for markets to allow for exchange of goods and services and coordinate production activities through price signals. Government plays a crucial role setting the rules of the game, facilitate the functioning of markets and also incentivising actors to participate in otherwise risky economic activities. How these core enablers of innovation work together is crucial in determining the dynamism of any economy and its resilience. The triple helix model seeks to bring the three core actors into a more deliberate arrangement. Through this programme, participants get a better understanding of what it takes to build Triple Helix partnerships. Building on best practices around the world and also practical experiences in the field.

Do you want to join the Building Triple Helix Partnerships programme?
The next programme will run from 16 – 20 October 2023. Click here for more information about the programme and how to apply.

About MSM’s Short Executive Programmes
Today’s rapidly changing societies and economies demand the most from organisations, leaders, managers and professionals. MSM’s Short Executive Programmes for emerging markets are developed to achieve a successful and sustainable transformation of both individuals and organisations to support local economic development and business management.

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