What is the THE  Emerging Economies Summit?

The Times Higher Education  Emerging Economies Summit 2019, in partnership with Qatar University, will bring together leaders from the most significant research universities in the world’s emerging economies, as well as policymakers and industry executives, to share and advance understanding of the opportunities and role of research universities to secure their future and play a key role in their nation’s development. As mature economies realign after the 2008 financial crisis, emerging markets have risen to account for more than half of the global economy and the vast majority of global growth. An important question now for university presidents in these countries is how best to secure and sustain their institutions through the formation of international partnerships, production of graduates and research innovation. At the same time, national leaders are attempting to create the optimum stable environment for their universities to flourish, in an effort to maintain economic growth and educate more students than ever before.

Our speakers

Leaders will come together to debate and explore questions such as: Can higher education institutions in emerging economies benefit from high rates of growth to enable them to further progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals? Can they entrench their social value so that they can be resilient against potential risks posed by future global environmental or financial instability? Can technology enable new models of institutions to develop that will be stronger than those of the 20th century? Join world-class experts from across the globe in Qatar to examine these questions and more.
Francisco Marmolejo
Lead tertiary education specialist
The World Bank
Mariam Al-Maadeed
Vice-president for research and graduate studies
Qatar University
Adnan Abu-Dayya
Executive director
Qatar Mobility Innovation Centre
Jamie Morris
Hiring Solutions director, Europe and Middle East
Hessa Al-Jaber
Former minister of ICT
Qatar Government
Dlawer Ala'Aldeen
Middle East Research Institute
Roberto Alvarez
Executive director
Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils
Valerie Amos
SOAS, University of London
Sarah Anyang Agbor
Commissioner for human resources, science and technology
African Union
Phil Baty
Chief knowledge officer

The summit was an excellent experience regarding both the content and the networking potential. I was impressed by the strategies adopted in some universities from countries with a more recent academic tradition. We have a lot to learn from each other.

Ioannis Karakassis, vice-rector, University of Crete


Times Higher Education strengthens ties for better partnerships between universities of emerging economies.

El Ayachi Chater, assistant professor, Mohammed V University in Rabat


Attending this summit opened my eyes to experience the issues that are key in the shaping of our universities for the future.

Sibusiso Mdletshe, head of department, University of Johannesburg

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