Times Higher Education’s first summit in Japan will take place at Fujita Health University in Nagoya, the industrial heartland of the nation and one of the world’s great urban and commercial hubs.
Fujita – one of Japan’s leading medical universities, renowned for its expertise in rehabilitative and neuropsychiatric medicine – was established almost 60 years ago to spark creative approaches to medical education. The Asia Universities Summit 2020 will discover how this spirit of innovation continues today in research, education and collaborations with industry, and how it has been strengthened by scholars and students increasingly crossing national and disciplinary boundaries, as well as building links between industry and academia.
After 14 years as a landmark event in the UK higher education calendar, 2019 saw us take the prestigious THE Awards overseas for the first time. Following a hugely successful inaugural year, the THE Awards Asia 2020 has twice as many categories, giving more opportunities for institutions – whether they are household names or those working near-miracles away from the spotlight – to tell the world about the transformational work they do.
These awards also offer a major international platform to recognise outstanding leadership and institutional performance, and celebrate Asian higher education excellence in all of its diversity.
Julia Buckingham joined Imperial College London in 1997, contributing to the establishment of the new Faculty of Medicine. In 2012, she was appointed to her current role. Throughout her career, she has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life. She has served on numerous national and international review panels and received several prestigious awards for her work; she was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to biology and education. Former roles include president of the British Pharmacological Society, president of the Society for Endocrinology and chairman of Bioscientifica Ltd.
Dr Gruss, in his current post since 2017, is an expert in gene control and developmental biology, and plays a leading role in the field of technology transfer of research results and innovation creation. He was a professor and a member of the directorate of the Molecular Biology Centre at the University of Heidelberg (1982-86) and served as director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (1986-2014). He was appointed president of the Max Planck Society in Germany (2002-14) and is the current chairman of the Siemens Technology and Innovation Council.
Former executive member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy
Cabinet Office of Japan
Dr Harayama is a former executive member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy in the Cabinet Office of Japan. She is also the former deputy director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD. She is a Légion d’honneur recipient (Chevalier) and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. Previously, she was a professor in the department of management science and technology at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University. She holds two PhDs – in education sciences and in economics – from the University of Geneva.
Professor Høj’s previous appointments have included the same role at the University of South Australia, chief executive officer of the Australian Research Council and managing director of the Australian Wine Research Institute. He serves as a member on numerous boards including the Medical Research Future Fund Advisory Board and Group of Eight universities, and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
In 1963, Shigetaka Komori joined Fuji Photo Film Co Ltd (now Fujifilm Holdings Corporation), after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in economics. From 1996 until 2000, he served as managing director of Fuji Photo Film (Europe) GmbH. In 2000, he became president, representative director of Fuji Photo Film Co Ltd and, in 2003, was appointed president and CEO. Faced with the development of digitalisation, Mr Komori led the management reform and dynamic transformation of Fujifilm. He accomplished a V-shaped recovery by focusing on the growing business fields including medical equipment.
Professor Lamberts took on his present role at the University of Sheffield in 2018. He is also chair of the UK Council for International Student Affairs and deputy chair and board member of the Russell Group. He is a cognitive psychologist with an extensive track record in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory, for which he has been awarded prizes from the Experimental Psychology Society and the British Psychological Society. From 2014 to 2018, he was vice-chancellor of the University of York.
Before taking on his current role, Professor Lu held academic and leadership positions at the University of Queensland from 1994 to 2016, most recently as provost and senior vice-president. He has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and serves on several boards including UK Research and Innovation, and Universities UK. He founded the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials and has twice been the recipient of the Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship.
Yoshinori Ohsumi studied molecular biology at the University of Tokyo in 1963, where he returned in 1977 as an assistant professor. In 1988, he opened his own small laboratory and started to work on the lytic function of the vacuole, and then found yeast autophagy by light and electron microscopy. After leaving the University of Tokyo, he continued his research at the National Institute for Basic Biology at Okazaki. In 2009, he moved to the Tokyo Institute of Technology and received the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2016 for elucidating the mechanisms for autophagy.
Professor Rahman is responsible for the development and strategic enhancement of research and innovation at the University of Malaya. She is also responsible for building and managing relationships with internal and external research stakeholders, including industry and the local community. Prior to her current role, she was the director of the university’s Institute of Research Management and Monitoring.
Professor Tan took up his post in January 2018. He is the university’s fifth president and the 23rd leader to head Singapore’s oldest higher education institution. A pioneer architect of the current academic system at NUS, Professor Tan has seeded many initiatives such as the Special Programme in Science, University Scholars Programme, University Town College Programme, Grade-free Year and Technology-enhanced Education.
THE will host its first summit in Japan next year, with the Asia Universities Summit 2020 taking place in partnership with Fujita Health University. The event will bring together higher education leaders, senior researchers and industry experts from across the continent and beyond.
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