Building knowledge, transforming skills

25 - 27 March 2020, Tianjin, China

What is the THE  Teaching Excellence Summit?

As well as groundbreaking research that helps to answer society’s grand challenges, universities have a fundamental mission to teach and share knowledge. They are society’s drivers of intellectual and cultural growth, providing lifechanging access to higher education for many. In order to raise higher education teaching standards in China and beyond, this summit will explore the latest innovative methods and best teaching practices from around the globe.

We will examine how a learning-centred curriculum is vital to shape the next generation of problem solvers. The potential of edtech to enhance both teaching and learning continues to evolve, and as it does, so do the challenges on how best to leverage this tool to improve learning. At this summit, we will examine edtech’s role in the curriculum, but also its role in measuring the impact of teaching on students’ aptitude for and attitude to learning.

As we work through the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), the demand for highly skilled workers rises and this summit will address the crucial role that universities and their faculties play in preparing graduates who can answer this need. We will also examine how institutions can ensure access to quality education that promotes lifelong learning – a crucial development to combat the technological skills gap.   

Hosted by the editors of Times Higher Education, the global authority on university excellence, the Teaching Excellence Summit covers two full days of interviews, debates and discussions, and networking events including a gala dinner, drinks reception, lunches and social events.

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Teaching Excellence Summit 2019

Watch the 2019 highlights video below to get an overview of the summit


A summit that brings the leaders of higher education under one roof with active discussions and networking towards a better future.

Khaled Alkattan
Alfaisal University


There is no other event with so many top representatives of world-class universities in once place.

Mladen Kraljić
Deputy secretary-general
University of Maribor


This is one of the most intellectually stimulating conferences I have been to in a long time. The Times Higher Education summit is creating a vehicle for governance-like discussion.

Mitchell Stevens
Associate professor
Stanford University


Featured articles

Students must be introduced to the human-machine workplace

There is wide acceptance of the prediction that robots will replace millions of human workers over the next decade. Stronger ties between educators and companies will be essential if humans are to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution, says Adenekan Dedeke.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Can mapping curricula shed light on teaching and academic impact?

Academics’ decisions about the texts that feature in modules and courses shape what students learn and how they understand their subject. Columbia University project reveals which texts are set most often on university courses around the world.

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Monday, August 19, 2019 at 4:42 pm

AI tutors will make mass retraining a viable reality

It is commonly agreed that automation will take over large numbers of existing jobs over the next generation, requiring humans to train and retrain for new but different roles. Artificial intelligence may be threatening employment but it could also be key to helping humans find alternative jobs, argues Shigeru Miyagawa.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2:04 pm

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