Western University is honoured to be hosting the Times Higher Education Teaching Excellence Summit for 2019.
This is the first time that THE has ventured northwards to host a World Summit Series event in Canada. Western’s campus – considered one of the most beautiful in Canada – provides an idyllic backdrop for teaching and learning and we are excited to put on display all that our university, the city of London and Southwestern Ontario have to offer.
At Western, we pride ourselves on providing Canada’s best student experience – exceptional teaching and unique ways of learning are at the heart of that experience. In today’s higher education landscape, the only real certainty about the future of teaching and learning is that it will look very different from how it looks today, and it will be limited only by our imaginations.
Western’s organising committee is developing an exciting programme that will open our minds and explore the future through three themes that are profoundly influencing higher education globally.
Firstly, as leaders of global universities, we all recognise that educating global citizens is the imperative of our time, and it is clear that promoting student mobility is more important than in the past. We must learn from one another, overcome barriers and create clear pathways for our students to explore opportunities beyond their national borders.
Secondly, in a time of rapid change, when the forces of evolution are reshaping the world at an unprecedented pace, we know we must innovate how we teach to prepare our students for the unpredictable future that lies ahead. Our summit will explore the impact and integration of technology and 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?
Lastly, we will explore the critical role that post-secondary institutions must play in building a more inclusive society. Universities must strive to become more accessible and supportive places for students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds. In welcoming diversity across the academy, we are opening the door to new ideas through classroom debates and discussions that are more challenging and engaging. At the same time, we are culturally enriching our campuses.
Our summit will provide a forum to discuss how inclusive campuses can achieve both greater access and excellence, and we hope we will see you in London, Canada, on 4-6 June 2019 when we can explore together what that future may hold.
President and vice-chancellor, Western University
Since 1878, Western University has combined academic excellence with lifelong opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth to better serve our communities. Western has a proud history of liberal arts teaching and research, delivering graduates who are well grounded in critical thinking, ethics and the importance of service to the larger community.
Western’s alumni, a network of more than 293,000 across more than 150 countries, are making significant contributions in every corner of society – be it business or medicine, politics or engineering, music or athletics.
Western appeals to students from more than 121 countries seeking to study, engage with and eventually lead in the global community. Combining more than 1,350 faculty members and more than 37,000 students, the university has established itself as a globally recognised destination for academic excellence and leadership development achieved through learning and research. Western prides itself on challenging the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest academic standards.
Through 11 faculties, a school of graduate and postdoctoral studies, and three affiliated university colleges, this vibrant centre of learning offers its students more than 400 specialisations, majors and minors, as well as innovative modular degree structures allowing students to combine numerous disciplines.
Western is known across Canada for its excellence in undergraduate student engagement and innovation in the area of active learning across the disciplines. 23 Western faculty members have received the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship – the highest number among universities in Ontario and the second highest across Canada.
The university’s Centre for Teaching and Learning is recognised nationally and internationally for its research-based faculty development practice; international graduate student development programmes that promote intercultural fluency in teaching; its purple guides on doctoral supervision across cultures; and as the home of The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Western’s campus provides an ideal backdrop for teaching and learning. Considered Canada’s most beautiful university, Western’s main campus comprises 400 acres of Gothic-style buildings mixed with modern, LEED-certified structures to provide an idyllic environment for their community of scholars.