Leaders of change:
building a sustainable future for universities

3 November 2020 | 06:30 - 15:35 GMT

We are living through uncertain times and universities around the world are transitioning through a period of radical change and adjustment. The return to campus and uncertainty over the next academic year will present university leaders with an imperative to realign their priorities and rebuild a sustainable university model that can thrive in the next era of challenges.

During this one-day virtual summit we will seek to challenge the current model for university leadership and explore:

  • Adaptive leadership during a crisis
  • The triumphs and pitfalls of a technology-driven research, teaching and learning environment
  • Diversity and the need to champion an equal and inclusive campus
  • Strategies for designing an efficient funding model
  • The evolving role of reputation in a post-truth world


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The summit will also feature the exclusive live reveal of the THE World Reputation Rankings 2020, which reveals the top universities with the best reputations, as determined by academics around the world.


Who should attend?
This summit is intended for global senior leaders in HE, including presidents and vice-presidents, rectors and vice-rectors, vice-chancellors, provosts, deans, policy makers and other members of the senior executive team.
Additionally, marketing/communications chiefs who are interested in the advancement and reputation of their institution will find inspiration here.
If you are an aspiring, next generation leader then you should also attend this summit.

Our speakers

More speakers to be announced soon
Phil Baty
Chief knowledge officer
Ronald Daniels
Johns Hopkins University
Cheryl de la Rey
University of Canterbury
Adam Habib
Principal and vice-chancellor
University of the Witwatersrand
Lily Kong
Singapore Management University
Santa Ono
President and vice-chancellor
The University of British Columbia
Rachel Sandison
Vice-principal of external relations
University of Glasgow
Elizabeth Shepherd
Managing director of consultancy services

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