The Asia region represents the majority of the Earth’s people, the fastest-growing economies, the richest cultural diversity and therefore the greatest potential for universities to invent, innovate and apply knowledge to change our shared future. In a hyperconnected world, what and where are the boundaries for research universities this century, and how significant are they in obstructing progress?
Research universities collectively hold the keys to our future. Through fundamental research, institutional relationships, and by identifying, developing and supporting highly talented individuals, they can be the foundations of humanity’s progress. But university leaders face immense internal and external pressures in sustaining their institutions – this theme will explore how they analyse their weaknesses, understand opportunities, and make strategic decisions on how they can have the greatest impact.
Asian universities are vital actors in the rising economic power and political influence of the Asian region this century. They are protectors of cultural heritage and established knowledge, yet also sit at the vanguard of research into the most transformative science and innovation that is certain to change our world. This final section of the summit will see university leaders identify their greatest strengths within their sector, and explore how they can develop and evolve universities in Asia to maximise their potential to support human progress.