Collaborating for a better world: new models for research universities

4 September 2017

The THE World Academic Summit 2017 was held at King's College London, from 3 September to 5 September, explored the theme: "Collaborating for a better world: new models for research universities". More than 500 leaders from universities, research organisations and businesses came together to debate key issues affecting education including international partnerships, research and diversity.

 

News

View the Times Higher Education's coverage of the World Academic Summit here 

 

Podcast

The THE team select their highlights from the summit. Listen here 

 

Flickr album

Our Flickr album contains more than 3,000 photos from the summit sessions, drinks reception and gala dinner. Download and share 

Watch the highlights video to get an overview of the event and see where we’ll be hosting next year’s summit:

 

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Tuesday 11 July 2017

Monday 4 September 2017

08:45
Opening remarks

Phil Baty, editorial director, global rankings, Times Higher Education

Ed Byrne, president and principal, King's College London


09:45
Modern graduates: citizens of the world or citizens of nowhere?

Phil Baty, editorial director, global rankings, Times Higher Education

Andrew Hamilton, president, New York University

Sabine Kunst, president, Humboldt University of Berlin

Peter Mathieson, president and vice-chancellor, The University of Hong Kong 

Santa Ono, president and vice-chancellor, The University of British Columbia


11:15
Cities and universities - mutual dependency for mutual growth?

Jo Beall, director, education and society and executive board member, British Council

Ronald Daniels, president, Johns Hopkins University

Sir Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice-chancellor, University of Glasgow

Cheryl de la Rey, vice-chancellor and principal, University of Pretoria

Chorh Chuan Tan, president, National University of Singapore


13:15
Breakout session 1: The PLuS Alliance - designing the new global university

Joanna Newman, chief executive and secretary-general, Association of Commonwealth Universities

Ed Byrne, president and principal, King's College London

Michael Crow, president, Arizona State University

Ian Jacobs, president and vice-chancellor, University of New South Wales


13:15
Breakout session 2: Accessing the facts - how libraries support 21st century research

Youngsuk 'YS' Chi, chairman, Elsevier

Roly Keating, chief executive, British Library

Ihron Rensburg, vice-chancellor, University of Johannesburg

Sarah Thomas, vice-president for the Harvard Library and university librarian, Harvard University


13:15
Breakout session 3: Changing global mobility: walls up and down

Chris Parr, digital and communities editor, Times Higher Education

Karan Khemka, director of education practice, Parthenon-EY

Janet Ilieva, director and founder, Education Insight

Atsushi Seike, president emeritus, Keio University

Sir Nigel Thrift, executive director, Schwarzman Scholars


13:15
Breakout session 4: Entrepreneurship: how universities can fuel the knowledge economy

Jack Grove, reporter, Times Higher Education

Stefan Allesch-Taylor, professor of practice, Entrepreneurship Institute, King's College London

Bhavagaya Bakshi, medical doctor and co-founder, C the signs

Julie Devonshire, director, Entrepreneurship Institute, King's College London  

Nicolas Pejout, director of executive education and co-director of digital learning, Sciences Po

Neil Saada, co-founder, Teech


13:15
Breakout session 5: Teaching and technology: collaborating for success

Chris Havergal, news editor, Times Higher Education

Sarah Davies, head of higher education and student experience, Jisc

Lino Guzzella, president, ETH Zurich

Eric Mazur, Balkanski professor of physics and applied physics, Harvard University

Kathy Pugh, vice-president of education services, edX


14:15
In Conversation: Maintaining research excellence in a changing Europe

Evelyn Welch, provost and senior vice-president (arts and sciences), King’s College London

Michael Arthur, president and provost, University College London

Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general, League of European Research Universities

Frédéric Mion, president, Sciences Po


16:30
Excellence in research - the virtues of gentle anarchy

Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel laureate and director, Francis Crick Institute


16:45
Closing remarks

Phil Baty, editorial director, global rankings, Times Higher Education


Tuesday 5 September 2017

08:30
Welcome remarks

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education


09:30
How do research-intensive universities embrace inclusion?

Lord Willetts, visiting professor, King’s College London

Sir Michael Barber, chairman, Office for Students (UK)

Carol Folt, chancellor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ihron Rensburg, vice-chancellor, University of Johannesburg

Sir Nigel Thrift, executive director, Schwarzman Scholars


11:00
Diversity in Leadership

Evelyn Welch, provost and senior vice-president (arts and sciences), King's College London

Hana Abdullah Ali Al-Nuaim, dean of women's campuses, King Abdulaziz University

Shiyi Chen, president, Southern University of Science and Technology

C. Raj Kumar, founding vice-chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University

Nirmala Rao, vice-chancellor, Asian University for Women


13:00
Launch of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018

Phil Baty, editorial director, global rankings, Times Higher Education

M'hamed el Aisati, vice-president, product management, funding and content analytics, Elsevier

Duncan Ross, data and analytics director, Times Higher Education

Sam Tomlinson, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)


15:00
Breakout session 1: Transnational education: changing the higher education landscape

Ellie Bothwell, reporter, Times Higher Education

Hassan al-Derham, president, Qatar University

Andrew Hamilton, president, New York University

Rebecca Hughes, director of education, British Council

Noorsaadah Abdul Rahman, deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation), University of Malaya


15:00
Breakout session 2: Partnerships for peace and prosperity: collaborating with fragile states

Paul Jump, features editor, Times Higher Education

Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, president, Middle East Research Institute

Rajika Bhandari, director, IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research

Funmi Olonisakin, vice-principal (international) King's College London

Rabih Shibli, director, Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service, American University of Beirut


15:00
Breakout session 3: The challenges of university governance

Nicholas Dirks, chancellor emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education


15:00
Breakout session 4: Global challenges and new partnership approaches

Joanna Newman, chief executive and secretary-general, Association of Commonwealth Universities

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, science director, São Paulo Research Foundation

Teck Hua Ho, deputy president (research and technology), National University of Singapore

Jan Palmowski, secretary-general, Guild of European Research Intensive Universities


15:00
Breakout session 5: The art of engagement

Sue Cunningham, president, CASE

Adrian Collette, vice-principal (engagement), University of Melbourne

Mark Curtis, director of development, New College, University of Oxford

Sarah Thomas, vice-president for the Harvard Library and university librarian, Harvard University

 


16:00
‘The future of world-class research’ – in association with Lindau Nobel laureate meetings

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education

Peter Agre, Nobel laureate, Bloomberg distinguished professor and director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute

Rivka Isaacson, senior lecturer in chemical biology, King’s College London

Prabha Kotiswaran, reader in law and social justice, King’s College London

 


17:00
Closing remarks

Ed Byrne, president and principal, King's College London

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education