The power of place

31 Aug - 2 Sept 2021, Toronto, Canada

The THE  World Academic Summit 2021 will focus on the interrelationship between universities and the places in which they are located. The modern university’s mission is evolving. The increasingly interconnected and knowledge-intensive global economy has raised questions about innovation, talent, skills and tomorrow’s workforce. Many universities are reimagining their traditional roles, as students, faculty and staff alike create new opportunities for education and research in partnership with their local communities and regions.

Cities, towns and regions are also re-evaluating their relationships with their institutions of higher education and advanced research, as these institutions are increasingly recognised as vital drivers of resiliency, prosperity and regional success.

University presidents, world-class researchers, political leaders and senior executives from transnational business will gather in Toronto to examine the complex interrelation between university and place.

The summit will also feature the exclusive full reveal of the THE  World University Rankings 2022, accompanied by a detailed masterclass examining the latest data.


As a platform for understanding power shifts in the world of universities, THE summits are hard to beat.

Tim Dunne
Pro vice-chancellor
University of Queensland


A very well organized event with interesting topics, a high level group of participants and professionals, adequate networking opportunities, and a chance to meet industry specialists.

Karma El Hassan
Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
American University of Beirut


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

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