Official programme

09:00 - 19:30

Registration

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
10:00 - 10:40

Welcome refreshments

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
10:40 - 11:00

Welcome remarks

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
Speakers
11:00 - 11:20

Opening keynote

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
Speakers
11:20 - 12:00

World class universities of the future: university 4.0

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel

Data-led presentation on the profile of a world-class university

Speakers
12:00 - 12:45

World class universities of the future: university 4.0

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel

Critique of what 'world-class' means to early-career researchers and leaders

Speakers
12:45 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
13:15 - 13:45

Lunchtime session: THE Branding Solutions workshop

Speakers
14:00 - 15:00

How to start a highly-ranked university

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
Leaders of highly successful recently founded institutions discuss what their approach would be if they were to create a new university today.
Chair
Speakers
15:00 - 15:30

Networking refreshments

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
15:30 - 16:45

What does 'future-ready' look like?

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
Chair
Speakers
18:45 - 21:00

Gala dinner and exclusive reveal of the Young University Rankings 2019

Location: Old Thorns Hotel
07:00 - 08:00

Breakfast masterclass - full data of 2019 Young University Rankings

Location: Old Thorns Hotel
Speakers
08:30 - 09:00

Registration and welcome refreshments

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
09:00 - 09:05

Opening remarks

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
09:05 - 12:45

HIGHER EDUCATION AND PLANNING FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

As some universities have survived for close to a millennium, how exposed are universities to external threats, and how much can university leaders build resilience? Are ‘young universities’ especially well placed to adapt to rapid change? Could radically disruptive external events even be embraced as an opportunity for rapid progressive transformation? The following sessions will debate the role of governance, collaboration and innovation in responding to external grand challenges, discussing best practice of the past and envisioning effective practices for the future.
09:05 - 09:25

Keynote speech

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
09:25 - 10:30

Higher education and grand challenges: creating a networked approach

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Chair
Speakers
10:30 - 11:00

Networking refreshments

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
11:00 - 11:45

Keynote

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
11:45 - 12:45

Responding to change, building resilience - the institutional perspective

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Chair
Speakers
12:45 - 14:15

Networking lunch

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
14:00 - 17:15

STUDENTS AS PARTNERS

Young people today are being educated in a world increasingly transformed by the three megatrends of hyper-connectedness, super intelligence, and the convergence of cyber, physical and biological systems. This must impact how universities identify and develop human talent, therefore how do universities today have an accurate impression of what their future students will want, need and where they will be? How challenging will it be to offer life-long learning to a mature audience alongside the potentially differing needs of Generation Alpha, and what alternatives providers of life-long learning might emerge? We invite industry leaders and forecasting experts to share their experiences working directly with young people, and hand the platform over to students from the UK and Australia for their informative stance on how well universities are equipped to satisfy the demands of the future student. Our panel of higher education leaders will respond with their approach to redesigning what universities can offer across teaching and learning, and proving their public value.
14:00 - 14:30

Digital behaviour of generation alpha

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
14:30 - 15:45

Participatory workshop

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey

The universities of Surrey and Wollongong are excited to introduce a new student-led session to this year’s THE Young Universities Summit. A session that we feel confident will offer an open and honest dialogue with the university audience that matters the most – the students.

As university leaders, this is your opportunity to hear about their hopes and ambitions; the challenges that they not only expect to face, but those that they have faced; how they feel that being part of the digital native generation has influenced their university experience; and whether they are confident that universities are keeping up with the outside world when it comes to digital learning. Our students will also share their thoughts on the future of work and how they feel universities are preparing them for their careers.

Following the student-led session, there will be responses from a carefully selected panel to include Sue Bennett, professor of education, University of Wollongong; Tod Laursen, senior vice-chancellor and provost, State University of New York; and Paulin Tay Straughan, dean of students, Singapore Management University.

We have selected a range of students at different stages of their university journey, from foundation level, through to PhD. They will offer their honest and open opinions in an informative and thought-provoking session.

Speakers
15:45 - 16:15

Networking refreshments

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
16:15 - 17:15

Responding to the students

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
17:15 - 17:20

Closing remarks

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
17:30 - 19:30

Drinks reception

Location: University of Surrey
09:30 - 09:45

Welcome refreshments

09:45 - 13:30

CREATING CHANGE

A Times Higher Education global survey of university presidents in 2018 revealed an expectation of declining public funding for fundamental research and teaching. In some countries, the rise of populist movements is creating doubts of the value of universities and the public knowledge they create. In order to reaffirm universities’ vital contribution towards a civilised world, what strategies and partnerships can universities employ to enable progressive change? How best can universities measure that impact, and when? How can young universities create and utilise new interdisciplinary research practices and emerging industry partnerships in contrast to their more established peers?

This session will celebrate examples of how young universities are approaching ‘real world’ problems with ‘real world’ solutions by putting social consequence at the heart of their research. We will also question the significance of applied research’s potential to have wider social consequences on university strategy, and hear perspectives from around the world on what they see as the greatest priority areas for higher education development in varied political and economic contexts. Does a common model for growth exist, or is diversity a key asset for the higher education sector as a whole?
09:45 - 09:50

Opening remarks

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
09:45 - 11:00

The innovation ecosystem

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
11:00 - 11:30

Networking refreshments

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
11:30 - 12:15

A UK success story: public engagement in science

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Chair
Speakers
12:15 - 13:15

Opportunities for growth

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Chair
Speakers
13:15 - 13:30

Closing remarks

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
13:30 - 15:00

Networking lunch

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey