THE World Summit Series

Our programme of worldwide activity, headed by our flagship annual Times Higher Education World Academic Summit and a regular series of regional summits, bring together pre-eminent global thought leaders across higher education, research, industry and government to share best practice and innovation in the development and leadership of world-class universities and research.

Our events are the essential forum for leaders from across the academic community to meet and shape the future for international higher education governance and innovation. Alumni of our World Summit Series join a global network of outstanding presidents, vice-chancellors, chief executives and decision-makers to learn, interact, create and share knowledge and experience for the benefit of all.

  • Leaders of change: building a sustainable future for universities

    This one-day virtual summit will challenge the current model for university leadership and will explore aspects such as adaptive leadership during a crisis and strategies for designing an efficient funding model.

    It will also feature the exclusive reveal of the THE World Reputation Rankings 2020, as determined by academics around the world.

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  • Shenzhen, China

    Cultivating resilience, changing the world

    Together we will examine what university leaders need in order to deliver research that has a greater impact.

    The summit will also see the live reveal of the THE University Impact Rankings 2021.

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  • Aichi, Japan

    Crossing boundaries, unlocking creativity

    THE's first summit in Japan will discover how the country's spirit of innovation lives in research, education and collaborations with industry, and will feature the reveal of the THE Asia University Rankings 2021.

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  • Moscow, Russian Federation

    Local impact, global influence

    At this summit we will hear leaders of young universities ­discuss opportunities to consolidate world-class reputation and impact both at home and abroad. The summit will also see the launch of the THE Young University Rankings 2021.

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  • Toronto, Canada

    The power of place

    Join us to explore the complex relationship between universities and the places in which they are located. The summit will also feature the exclusive reveal of the THE World University Rankings 2022, accompanied by a detailed data masterclass.

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  • Tianjin, China

    Building knowledge, transforming skills

    To raise teaching standards in China and beyond, this summit will explore the latest innovative methods and best teaching practices from around the globe, as well as the crucial role that universities play in preparing graduates for the fourth industrial revolution.

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  • Stockholm, Sweden

    What makes a successful innovation climate?

    Leaders will gather to explore issues that affect the creation of a positive environment for innovation, and to question how universities can sustain that environment. The summit will also see the reveal of the THE University Impact Rankings 2022.

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