Degrees of change: Forces shaping the teaching and learning of tomorrow

4-6 June 2019, London, Ontario, Canada

What is the THE  Teaching Excellence Summit?


The Times Higher Education Teaching Excellence Summit 2019 took place at Western University in Canada. The summit brought together an outstanding group of global delegates to discuss how robust, rigorous and fit-for-purpose university teaching is vital to society as we move into the fourth industrial revolution.

The first THE summit to be held in Canada explored global themes that will greatly influence the future of higher education.

How do we overcome barriers to mobility and create clearer pathways for our students to the world of educational opportunities that exist beyond their national borders?

How can we integrate more technology, including artificial intelligence in higher education? How do we leverage technology to improve teaching and learning? How can we continually challenge ourselves to innovate and embrace artificial intelligence across the academy, not only in what we teach, but how we teach?

How can universities better design inclusive campuses to achieve both greater access and excellence?

What is the role of universities in achieving access and building inclusive societies in an era of post-colonial and post-conflict reconciliation, migration, and social change?

Watch the highlights from the summit

Our speakers


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Tia Brown McNair
Vice-president of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Student Success
Association of American Colleges and Universities
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David Helfand
Professor, Columbia University
and Former president, Quest University
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David Lammy
Member of the UK Parliament for Tottenham
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Kevin Lamoureux
Associate vice-president of indigenous initiatives
University of Winnipeg
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Susan McCahan
Vice-provost of academic programs
University of Toronto
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David McKay
President and chief executive officer
Royal Bank of Canada
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Joanna Newman
Chief executive and secretary general
Association of Commonwealth Universities
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Jacqueline Ottmann
Vice-provost for Indigenous engagement
University of Saskatchewan
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Nirmala Rao
Vice-chancellor
Asian University for Women
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Deep Saini
President and vice-chancellor
University of Canberra
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The talks were relevant to academia today, well planned and the discussion elements allowed topics to be explored in depth. I can honestly say that it is the most friendly conference I have ever attended, with introductions, conversations and networking taking place very naturally thanks to the setup. I would urge colleagues to attend. Nicola Innes, associate dean for learning and teaching, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee

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It was an excellent intellectual knowledge feast with dedication to the fundamentals of teaching and excellence. Shirish Patil, vice-chancellor, DY Patil University

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The THE Teaching Excellence Summit is a great opportunity to debate and explore issues such as how universities can improve teaching in the advancement of knowledge and development, dealing with the future trends.. Olga Villa, strategy director, University of Deusto



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