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Yuzhuo Cai is a Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the Higher Education Group (HEG), Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Finland. He has been with the HEG for 19 years and was the Acting Professor of the unit from August 2013 to July 2014. He is the Director of Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre, a network organisation involving over 20 Chinese and Finnish universities, and the Deputy Director of Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT), an interdisciplinary research centre spanning three faculties at Tampere University. He is also in the coordination group of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Research Network at Tampere University.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Triple Helix: A Journal of University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a member of the Executive Committee of the Triple Helix Association. He is a guest professor at the Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University and the Institute of China’s Science, Technology and Education Policy, Zhejiang University in China. He is a doctoral student supervisor at Peking University. 

He has worked as work package leader of nine EU funded projects and coordinator of four Nordic or Finnish projects. He has supervised five PhD, and over 20 Masters’ graduates. Currently, he is supervising six active PhD students. 

He teaches several courses in the following degree programmes at Tampere University: Doctoral degree of higher education administration, Master’s degree of higher education administration, Master’s degree of research and innovation in higher education. He is also teaching Chinese Education and Society for the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies. 

His main interests are in higher education research and innovation studies, focusing on interactions between innovations in higher education and transformations in society from a global perspective. He has published six books, three special issues, and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, including those in top/leading journals, such as Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Minerva, Science and Public Policy, and European Planning Studies. 

He has multidisciplinary education backgrounds. He holds a PhD degree in Administrative Science from Tampere University (Finland) and two master’s degrees respectively in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oslo (Norway) and in Psychology from Hebei Normal University (China). He received his Bachler degree in computer science. 


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