Embracing risk, creating opportunities

26-28 June 2019, Guildford, United Kingdom

What is the THE  Young Universities Summit?

The Times Higher Education  Young Universities Summit in took place from 26-28 June in Guilford, UK. In partnership with the University of Surrey and the University of Wollongong, the summit gathered senior leaders from academia and related industries at Surrey’s campus to assess the global outlook for higher education, analysing disruption, celebrating impact and identifying opportunities for new growth with their peers.

THE  are delighted to be partnering with HSE University next year for the seventh annual Young Universities Summit, held in Russia for the first time ever. The 2020 summit will be a showcase for thought leadership from both young and long-established institutions, as well as industry and government leaders. The summit will also feature the global launch of THE  data on the performance of young universities globally, and these data will be presented to and interrogated by delegates in order to support understanding of university performance.

Read more and register now for the THE  Young Universities Summit 2020


Our speakers

Jim Al-Khalili
Professor of public engagement in science
University of Surrey
Hana Al-Nuaim
Vice-president of women's campuses
King Abdulaziz University
Sue Bennett
Head of School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Wollongong
Dong-Sung Cho
Incheon National University
Christine Goh
Director of the National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
Katharine Hackett
Executive director
Princeton Environmental Institute
Michael Queen
Chair of council
University of Surrey
Ihron Rensburg
Former vice-chancellor
University of Johannesburg
Paulin Straughan
Professor of sociology (practice) and dean of students
Singapore Management University
Sir Mark Walport
Chief executive
UK Research and Innovation

This is a summit that any vice-chancellor of a young university should attend, in order to speak to as many colleagues as possible, to get ideas about the challenges we face, and to network with like-minded universities who share many of the similar challenges. Anthony Forster, vice-chancellor, University of Essex


I met some fascinating people and enjoyed getting to appreciate what Times Higher Education is all about. Ellen Hurwitz, president emerita, American University of Central Asia


This summit was a great opportunity to meet with world-class university staff and faculty and improved my overview regarding young university standards. Felipe Ribeiro, chief of staff, Federal University of Semiarido

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