Young universities coming of age: the future is here

5 June 2018

Our Young Universities Summit took place in partnership with the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA, 5-7 June 2018.


Senior higher education leaders from universities around the world joined us in our celebration of universities founded in the last 70 years, and the innovation and dynamism they bring to the sector. Discussions focussed on strategies for success and explored how young universities might compete against their more established peers.


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

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Opening remarks

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

Judy Genshaft, president, University of South Florida

Opening keynote: Building university reputation - examples from the old and the new

Andrew Hamilton, president, New York University

Young universities - stepping out from the shadows

Karen Holbrook, regional chancellor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Rivka Carmi, president, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Lu Chun, vice-president for international affairs, Southern University of Science and Technology

Joachim Hahn, vice-president for academic affairs, University of the North, Colombia

Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, vice-chancellor, University of Ghana

Juan Romo, president, University Carlos III of Madrid

Reputation and attraction – how can young universities appeal?

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

Jorge Arosemena, executive president, City of Knowledge Foundation

Tania Rhodes-Taylor, vice-principal external relations, University of Sydney

César Wazen, director of scholarships and partnerships, Qatar University

Cengiz Yilmaz, vice-rector, Abdullah Gül University

Keynote: Towards sustainable national and international university collaborations

Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, former minister for education, Ghana

New models of partnerships for new models of institution

Renee Hindmarsh, executive director, Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN)

Caroline Fern Benton, vice-president and executive director for global affairs, University of Tsukuba

Anthony Forster, vice-chancellor, University of Essex

Deborah Terry, vice-chancellor, Curtin University

Keynote: Advancing student success through international collaboration and a liberal education for the twenty-first century

Lynn Pasquerella, president, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Thursday 7 June 2018

Full reveal of the 2018 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings

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

Bamini Jayabalasingham, senior analytical product manager, Elsevier

Duncan Ross, director of data and analytics, Times Higher Education

Keynote: We are on a mission - universities for a better society

Seunghwan Kim, director of Tae-Joon Park Institute, dean of Graduate School, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

Translational research - bridging the gap from campus to community

Paul R. Sanberg, senior vice-president for research, innovation and knowledge enterprise, University of South Florida

Cédric Denis-Rémis, vice-president for development, Paris Sciences et Lettres - PSL University

Ann Gabriel, vice-president for strategic alliance, Elsevier

Cam Donaldson, pro vice-chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Michael Kearney, provost and executive vice-president, University of Surrey

Margaret Sheil, vice-chancellor and president, Queensland University of Technology

Keynote: Higher education for student success

Rhonda L. Lenton, president, York University

Student outcomes – new environments for new challenges

Paul Dosal, vice-president for student affairs and student success, University of South Florida

Courtney Brown, vice-president for strategic impact, Lumina Foundation

Richard DeMillo, executive director, C12U, Georgia Institute of Technology

Angina Parekh, deputy vice-chancellor, University of Johannesburg

Christine Victorino, associate chancellor, University of California, Riverside

Closing remarks

Judy Genshaft, president, University of South Florida

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education