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.
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 life-changing 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.
Professor Cao’s research focuses on innate immunity and inflammation, tumour immunology and immunotherapy. Academy memberships include the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the US National Academy of Medicine, among others. He is secretary-general and a past-president of the Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania, secretary-general and a past-president of the Chinese Society for Immunology, president of the Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering, and chair of China Union of Life Science Societies of the China Association for Science and Technology.
Deputy vice-chancellor and vice-president of research
Professor Elliott joined Monash University in 2017 from the University of Melbourne where she was deputy provost and deputy vice-chancellor (international). She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Other appointments include immediate past-president of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education – the first Australian and first female academic to be elected to the position. She is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities’ International Policy Advisory Committee and has also served as a board member for the Australia India Institute. She has a particular interest in medical education and the scholarship of education.
Professor Jacobs has led UNSW Sydney since 2015 and been chair of the Group of Eight universities since February 2018. Prior to this, he was vice-president of the University of Manchester for four years. For 30 years, he has led a research team working on the early detection and risk prediction of cancer with a focus on screening for ovarian cancer. Among other roles, he is an honorary senior principal research fellow of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and board member of Research Australia.
In his current role since 2009, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli fulfilled the same role at Heriot-Watt University from 2007-09. He is chair of the Russell Group of UK universities, and of the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group that provides expert advice to Scottish ministers on protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU. He also chairs the Commission on Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers. His research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics.
Valerie Tan is the Hiring Solutions Director, overseeing THEunijobs’ strategic focus in Asia and seeks to support higher education by working with universities in attracting academic talents. Previously, she has worked with universities in South-east Asia to help them expand their data and resources in order to advance their research and knowledge.
A summit that brings the leaders of higher education under one roof with active discussions and networking towards a better future.
There is no other event with so many top representatives of world-class universities in once place.
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.
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.
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.
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.