Building a world-class university

A Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters conference for academic leaders. This exclusive event is a must for policymakers and senior staff in the world’s leading higher education institutions

May 20, 2010


Date: Thursday 30 September 2010

Time: 09.15 registration and coffee, 10.00 – 17.30 conference
(followed by a drinks reception)

Venue: The Royal Institution, London W1

Entry is by ticket only
Standard £550 + VAT (total price £646.25)


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Times Higher Education
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We now have a designated conference hotel:

Washington Mayfair Hotel
5 Curzon Street
London
W1J 5HE

www.washington-mayfair.co.uk

To secure the conference rate of £210.33 Bed & Breakfast for sole occupancy including VAT per night, delegates must contact Jason at jasonw@conferencecare.com and quote Thomson Reuters, Building a World Class University Conference.

Rooms are subject to availability and cancellation policy applies 28 days prior to the day of arrival.

For further information please contact:

Chloe Darracott-Cankovic 020 3194 3166
Email: chloe.darracott-cankovic@tsleducation.com

This exclusive event will analyse everything from best practice in university management to the use of transparent international performance comparisons.

Universities’ international status is vital as governments around the world seek to reshape their economies for a future driven by knowledge and innovation, investing heavily in creating world-class institutions.

This conference, run jointly by Times Higher Education, the most authoritative source of higher education news and analysis, and Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, will explore the elements vital to the creation and maintenance of an internationally renowned university.

Chair:

Ann Mroz, Editor, Times Higher Education

Keynote speakers:

Malcolm Grant, Provost, University College London
Robert Zimmer, President, University of Chicago
Dirk Van Damme, Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD
Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Jonathan Adams, Director, research evaluation, Thomson Reuters

Expert forums led by:

Amanda Goodall, Leverhulme research Fellow, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (author of Socrates in the Boardroom)
Yang Wei, President, Zhejiang University
Jonathan Adams, Director, research evaluation, Thomson Reuters
Christine Ennew, Pro vice-chancellor for internationalisation and Europe, University of Nottingham

This internationally focused conference will give you an unparalleled opportunity to:

  • learn about best practice in university management from leading experts around the world
  • explore the methodology behind the Times Higher Education World University Rankings with the experts who analyse the data
  • network with your international counterparts
  • talk to the experts who produce the rankings data analysis
  • gain first-hand knowledge about how universities are rising to the challenge of globalisation.

PROGRAMME – Thursday 30 September

09.15 Registration and coffee

10.00 Welcome and Chair’s opening remarks

Ann Mroz
Editor, Times Higher Education

10.15 Challenges and context for the modern research university

Robert Zimmer, president, University of Chicago

Examining the realm of higher education globally, focusing particularly on the United States, Europe and Asia, examples from the University of Chicago’s history and current experience will be used to illustrate and to reflect on the direction higher education will take in the coming years.

Q&A session

11.15 Rankings reflection

Phil Baty

Editor, Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Jonathan Adams

Director, research evaluation, Thomson Reuters

Mr Baty and Dr Adams will give insiders’ accounts of the development of the new and improved methodology for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and will delve behind the rankings headlines with information on Thomson Reuters’ Global Institutional Profiles Project.

12.00 Break

12.15 Multifaceted excellence: dynamism and diversity in the global higher education arena

Dirk Van Damme, Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD

Comparative performance indicators, rankings and mere reputation now define the global higher education arena. Many institutions around the globe are competing for the few places at the top. However, the absolute top may not be the most interesting place to be. There are many world-class universities beneath the Harvards, Cambridges and Tokyos of this world. And excellence has many faces, beyond research and innovation. What can the international data teach us about the diversification of excellence?

Q&A session

13.15 Lunch

14.45 Break-out sessions

Delegates can select one of the following options:

Option 1 – Global university leadership

Amanda Goodall, Leverhulme research Fellow, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (author of Socrates in the Boardroom)

Jonathan Adams, director, research evaluation, Thomson Reuters, and Simon Pratt, project manager, institutional research, Thomson Reuters

Option 2 – Internationalisation

Yang Wei, president, Zhejiang University

Christine Ennew, pro vice-chancellor for internationalisation and Europe, University of Nottingham

16.15 Differentiation, not imitation

Malcolm Grant, provost, University College London

Don’t allow the idea of an excellent university to be defined by league tables. That way lies uniformity and monotony. Diversity is one of the UK’s greatest strengths, and it is a quality beyond the capacity of any league table to measure. Developing it further is a fundamental responsibility of autonomous self-governance.

Q&A session

17.15 Summary and Chair’s closing remarks

Ann Mroz
Editor, Times Higher Education

17.30 Drinks reception

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