A new dawn for higher education?

1-2 September 2020

This year’s World Academic Summit will take place online to enable hundreds of leaders in higher education from across the globe to unite in this period of profound global disruption.

This platform?provides 48 hours for us to analyse new data, explore new ideas and set the global shared agenda for the next 10?years.?The summit will give you space to reflect with your peers on the challenges created or accelerated by the pandemic, and to identify new opportunities for progressive reform.

We hope that you can join us on 1-2 September 2020 for what we believe to be the most important conversation of our time.

The exciting programme is out now. Highlights include:

  • Will universities be forced to reduce their global ambitions?
  • Is this the defining decade for university impact?
  • Is the race for a Covid-19 vaccine uniting – or dividing us?
  • The exclusive and full reveal of the data?for the THE?World University Rankings 2021

A special early bird rate is available until 31 July.

Our speakers include


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Sarah Anyang Agbor
Commissioner for human resources, sciences and technology
African Union Commission
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Jean Chambaz
President
Sorbonne University
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Dawn Freshwater
Vice-chancellor
University of Auckland
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Teruo Fujii
Executive vice-president
University of Tokyo
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Meric Gertler
President
University of Toronto
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Mamokgethi Phakeng
Vice-chancellor
University of Cape Town
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Dame Nancy Rothwell
President and vice-chancellor
The University of Manchester
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Reeta Roy
President and CEO
Mastercard Foundation
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Eng Chye Tan
President
National University of Singapore
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Stephen Toope
Vice-chancellor
University of Cambridge

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It’s time to rebuild the university on a foundation of interdisciplinarity

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