About the summit

Times Higher Education World Academic Summit


The THE  World Academic Summit has rapidly established itself as the preeminent annual gathering in global higher education, bringing together the leaders from the world’s best and most ambitious universities, Nobel laureates, leading decision-makers from government and industry.

This event will unite a top-tier delegation around the core theme of “how talent thrives” for three days of engaging and participatory discussion. Four hundred leaders from the world’s best and most ambitious universities and research-led companies will reflect on what are the optimum conditions for human talent to develop and how some of the key obstacles can be overcome.

Over three days we will explore the nature, context and location of talent in the 21st century. As boundaries between institutions become fluid, we will confront the underlying questions of what is the role of universities in creating the ideal environment in which talent thrives and how universities can ensure that they continue to play a vital and transformative role in the new global cultivation of human development.

A combination of keynote speeches, participatory debates, live polling, case studies and panel discussions, accompanying the 2020 THE  World University Rankings data that will be exclusively published during the summit, will support attendees as they consider three key issues.

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Key themes


 

A combination of keynote speeches, participatory debates, live polling, case studies and panel discussions, accompanying the 2020 THE  World University Rankings data that will be exclusively published during the summit, will support attendees as they consider three key issues:

  • Redefining talent
  • Closing the skills gap
  • Who, what, where?

Why attend?


 

  • Be the first to know the results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, which will be revealed at the summit
  • Gain exclusive analysis and understand the data behind the ranking of the best universities in the world, and learn how your institution can improve
  • Join a global network of leaders from the world’s best and most ambitious universities, Nobel laureates, leading figures from government, policymaking and industry
  • Share your experience with THE’s worldwide audience of higher education professionals.

Who should attend?


 

Four hundred leaders from the world’s best and most ambitious universities and research-led companies will reflect on what are the optimum conditions for human talent to develop and how some of the key obstacles can be overcome.

Participants include: vice-chancellors, rectors, presidents, deputy presidents, vice-presidents and distinguished scholars representing higher education and governments along with industries and businesses with close links to both sectors.

Here’s what previous attendees said


99%

WOULD RETURN

94%

WOULD RECOMMEND THE SUMMIT TO THEIR PEERS

76%

SAID THE SUMMIT PROGRAMME WAS VERY GOOD OR EXCEPTIONAL

World Academic Summit 2018


The biggest ever THE  World Academic Summit, took place at the National University of Singapore, 25-27 September, and was attended by more than 500 senior leaders from 53 countries.

Programme View the full three-day summit programme and list of speakers.

Podcast The THE  team select their highlights from the summit.