Connecting Asia, reaching West

30 April - 2 May 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What is the THE  Asia Universities Summit?

The prestigious Times Higher Education  Asia Universities Summits, launched in 2016, bring together higher education leaders and influencers from across Asia and the world. In 2019, THE is proud to be holding the event in Abu Dhabi – a hub of investment, knowledge exchange and research collaboration, and this century’s nexus of East and West.

The Asia Universities Summit 2019 will unite leaders of Asia’s best institutions with industry executives, policymakers and star researchers for three days of debate and discussion that will address challenges and frame the agenda for growth.

The 2019 summit theme will highlight the importance of inter-Asian partnerships as the vital networks of our era. In an age when research exchange is based increasingly on industry growth, how will universities in a diverse region of more than 4 billion people stay equipped and relevant for the pace of change ahead? What is the future for fields of research heavily disrupted by the development of new technology? How can universities prepare their students for these new fields and changing infrastructures?

Part of THE’s World Summit Series, the summit will also reveal the Asia University Rankings 2019, with exclusive data masterclasses that will allow delegates to understand and interrogate the evidence that shows which institutions are succeeding in their missions.

The  THE Awards Asia winners will be announced at the gala dinner during the THE Asia Universities Summit. They will celebrate excellence in five key areas of university activity, offer a major international platform to recognise outstanding leadership and institutional performance, and celebrate excellence in all of its diversity.

With high-quality networking events, interactive panel debates, unique showcases and inspiring keynote speeches, please join the conversation on topics including “Inter-Asian collaboration shaping the world”, “New technology disrupting research”, “Research creating growth in Asia and beyond” and “Government excellence initiatives and the impact of rankings”.


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Our speakers

Sarah Al Amiri
Minister of state for advanced sciences
Ministry of Cabinet Affairs & The Future, UAE
Habiba Alsafar
Khalifa University Centre for Biotechnology
Su Guaning
President emeritus
Nanyang Technological University
Ahlam Hassan
President assistant for quality assurance
Ahlia University
Sabrina Lin
Vice-president for institutional advancement
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Paul Wellings
Wollongong University
Masahiro Yamaguchi
Tohoku University
Bin Yang
Vice-president and provost
Tsinghua University
Vidya Yeravdekar
Pro chancellor
Symbiosis International University

The most extraordinary concentration of wisdom, expertise and top contacts in higher education today.

Jesús Seade, associate vice-president for global affairs, Chinese University of Hong Kong


These gatherings offer a wonderful space for university leaders to discuss current issues in higher education and to share our insights with one another. Global partnerships and collaboration with peer institutions is critical to supporting innovative research and opportunities for our students.

Ana Mari Cauce, president, University of Washington


A multilingual and multicultural experience. Education, research and teaching expertise spanning various research fields and geographies.

Pitambar Gautam, associate professor, Hokkaido University

Featured articles

Can India and China dominate HE in the 21st century?

John Morgan reports on the differences between the countries in terms of the provision of education, governance and the quality of research.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Times Higher Education to launch THE Awards Asia

Inaugural ceremony to build on success of long-running UK-focused award.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10:31 am

Reverse brain drain from West ‘has powered rise of Asia’

Western universities and “reverse brain drain” have powered the rise of Asia in the world economy, a leading Singaporean academic has claimed.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 10:31 pm

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