Managing universities in the 21st century: strategies and innovations

17-19 July 2019, Hong Kong

The inaugural THE  Leadership and Management Summit took place 17-19 July in Hong Kong. In partnership with City University of Hong Kong, our first ever forum of top university leaders focused specifically on the models and processes adopted by universities to meet the challenges of the next few decades. Together, we shared best practice on management strategies, and discussed how these can be further improved through innovative methods.


The summit also saw the exclusive reveal of the World Reputation Rankings 2019. The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only survey of senior scholars, providing an unparalleled insight into the world’s leading university brands and into the shifting global reputation of universities. The ranking results are based purely on opinion, but it is the opinion of those who know most about excellence across teaching and research – senior published scholars themselves – and while reputation is nebulous, it has real-world effects: influencing a university’s ability to attract talent, funding and partnerships.

The 2019 rankings were based on a survey of 11,554 respondents in 135 countries, across all core academic disciplines, carried out in the spring of 2019. The 2019 reputation survey was also used to create two of the 13 performance indicators that will make up the overall 2020 THE World University Rankings, published in September.



This is one of the most intellectually stimulating conferences I have been to in some time. Mitchell Stevens Associate professor, Stanford University


It was a great platform for networking opportunities across the globe and I gained a lot of knowledge out of the sessions. Sasipraba Thankappan, pro-vice-chancellor, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology


I have attended many conferences over the past years and I must say the THE World Academic Summit is truly a great conference not to be missed. Marcin Jacoby, director for international relations, SWPS University of social sciences and humanities

Featured articles

Leadership intelligence: how to communicate with your institution

University leaders are increasingly expected to communicate directly with staff and students, often on controversial topics – how should they handle this tricky task?

...Read More
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 12:10 pm

Leadership intelligence: how to deal with incompetence

Difficult conversations about student complaints and colleagues’ underperformance will test the skills and judgement of senior academic staff, says Robert MacIntosh

...Read More
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Progress of female leadership stalls in world’s top universities

Analysis of THE World University Rankings data shows no progress in number of women leading highest-ranked institutions

...Read More
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:50 am

Join our World Summit Series mailing list

We will not share your details, check our privacy policy