About the summit

Hosted by the editors of Times Higher Education, the global authority on university excellence, the summit covers two full days of interview, debate and discussion, and networking events including a gala dinner, drinks reception, lunches and social events.

Building on the success of last year’s summit, THE are delighted to be partnering with Fujita Health University – one of Japan’s leading medical universities, renowned for its expertise in rehabilitative and regenerative medicine. The THE  Asia Universities Summit 2020 will discover how the 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 will feature again at this year’s Asia Universities Summit. These awards offer a major international platform to recognise outstanding leadership and institutional performance, and celebrate Asian higher education excellence in all of its diversity.

Programme themes

A combination of keynote speeches, participatory debates, live polling, case studies and panel discussions will support attendees as they consider these key themes:

  • Creativity arising across boundaries
  • Universities’ role in the demographic distribution and ageing society
  • Unlocking untapped potential

Click here to read more about the summit themes

Why attend?

  • Be the first to know the results of the Times Higher Education  Asia University Rankings 2020, which will be revealed at the summit
  • Gain exclusive analysis and understand the data behind the ranking, and learn how your institution can improve
  • Join a global network of leaders, experts and decision-makers who set the agenda for excellence in higher education
  • Share your experience with THE’s worldwide audience of higher education professionals

Who should attend?

Hundreds of leaders from the world’s best and most ambitious universities and research-led companies will reflect on what are the optimum conditions for human talent to develop and how some of the key obstacles can be overcome.

Participants include vice-chancellors, rectors, presidents, deputy presidents, vice-presidents and distinguished scholars representing higher education and governments along with industries and businesses with close links to both sectors.

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Asia Universities Summit 2019

The Times Higher Education  Asia Universities Summit 2019 took place 30 April – 2 May at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, in UAE. The summit united leaders of Asia’s best institutions with industry executives, policymakers and star researchers for three days of debate and discussion that addressed challenges and framed the agenda for group, highlighting the importance of inter-Asian partnerships as the vital networks of our era.

Programme: View the full summit programme and list of speakers

Podcast: Hear the THE  team and university leaders talk about their highlights and the hot topics discussed at the summit

Video portal: Revisit the summit sessions

Global partners