The transformation of universities’ impact in the fourth industrial revolution

2-4 April 2019, Daejeon, South Korea

What is the THE  Innovation & Impact Summit?

Times Higher Education, the global authority on higher education, is delighted to be partnering with the prestigious Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) for the Innovation and Impact Summit 2019. The summit will build on THE’s global dialogue to unite leaders of the best and most ambitious universities with policy-makers, world-class researchers and the companies that are shaping our future around the vital questions on university impact, next April 2-4 in Daejeon, South Korea.

The fourth industrial revolution’s influence on our economies, politics, environment and social behaviors is already being felt around the world. The established position of research universities is being challenged by this global transformation; the question of how the higher education sector will respond to this transformation is more crucial than ever before.

How can established universities responsibly create knowledge, build partnerships, attract investment, protect their missions and adapt their culture in a new technology-led world. How may they safeguard their legacies and their future? How can we understand and evaluate their impact?

The summit will also launch a new global THE  ranking, focused on university impact. This ranking will use the internationally recognised Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to explore the real impact that higher education is having on society. There will be an opportunity for delegates to explore what the data tells us about progress towards the goals, and shape the future development of the ranking.

We invite you to join this essential conversation, in partnership with KAIST with university leaders, innovators, investors, research directors and policy-makers across the globe, to build your network and understanding of the most pressing issues in global higher education.

Click here for more information about the summit.

Our speakers

The summit will bring together leading experts to unravel the opportunities and challenges, successes and risks, of this new world. During three days of critical keynotes and panel debates, networking events and workshops, we will tackle the most pressing concerns for leaders on the culture of artificial intelligence, the nature of industry collaboration, and the development of future learning infrastructure.
Charmaine Dean
Vice-president (research and international)
University of Waterloo
Tae-Jeong Heo
Daejeon City
Mooyoung Jung
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Hiroshi Komiyama
Chairman, Mitsubishi Research Institute
President emeritus, University of Tokyo
Tze Yun Leong
Director of AI technology
AI Singapore
Miranda Lou
Executive vice-president
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Max Lu
President and vice-chancellor
University of Surrey
Yong Qiu
Tsinghua University
Marina Ranga
Senior researcher
European Commission's Joint Research Centre
Deborah Sherry
Senior vice-president and chief commercial officer
GE Digital Europe, Russia and CIS
Michael Spence
University of Sydney

I loved the focus on innovative teaching, research and translation. Universities must be distinctive in order to thrive in the global market for graduates.

Albert Schram, vice-chancellor and president, Papua New Guinea University of Technology


The THE  Innovation & Impact Summit was a great experience that was valuable not only in a professional context but also in a social capacity, and provided an opportunity to meet innovative sector leaders.

Juris Iljins, director of quality management department, Riga Technical University Ana Mari Cauce, president, University of Washington


The THE  Innovation & Impact Summit was quite outstanding and thought-provoking, it successfully gathered lots of expertise in the field which is good for building networks.

Kitty Leung, project officer, Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan University

Featured articles

THE Podcast: Measuring universities’ social impact

Data scientists at Times Higher Education are busy analyzing thousands of data points evidencing how universities are contributing to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

Why universities must work together to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Duncan Ross explains why submitting data on global partnerships is mandatory for inclusion in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm

How we are evaluating impact in our new SDG-based ranking

More than 500 universities from around the world have submitted data to our new Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, a league table based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 10:00 am

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