Crossing boundaries, unlocking creativity

2-4 June 2020, Nagoya, Japan

What is the THE  Asia Universities Summit?

Times Higher Education’s first summit in Japan will take place at Fujita Health University in Nagoya – the industrial heartland of the nation and one of the world’s great urban and commercial hubs.

Fujita – one of Japan’s leading medical universities, renowned for its expertise in rehabilitative and neuropsychiatric medicine – was established almost 60 years ago to spark creative approaches to medical education. The 2020 Asia Universities Summit will discover how this spirit of innovation continues today in research, education and collaborations with industry, and how it has been strengthened by scholars and students increasingly crossing national and disciplinary boundaries, as well as building links between industry and academia.

We will examine how internationalisation efforts in Japan and elsewhere have contributed to a more vibrant academy – in spite of a few missed opportunities and wrong turns – and where this agenda goes now, drawing on insight from university leaders, senior researchers and experts from industry, including those from Toyota and Fuji Film.

We will explore how Asian universities should respond to emerging demographic pressures – the sharp decline in Asian student numbers predicted in many countries over the next 30 years, coupled with the expansion of internationally mobile students, mainly from China and India, whose numbers are forecast to double to 10 million over the next decade.

And we will shine a light on how Japanese and other Asian universities are seeking to promote female scientific talent (still a minority in medicine and university management) and what can be done to foster talent in other groups who have traditionally struggled to reach academia’s highest levels.

And just six weeks before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we will hear from leading Japanese and international researchers on how the 2020 Games have helped to spark collaborations and new avenues of research within sports science, medical technology and rehab medicine, and how institutions and industry can create the conditions for this work to thrive.


The most extraordinary concentration of wisdom, expertise and top contacts in higher education today. Jesús Seade, associate vice-president for global affairs, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Such partnerships have given us the opportunity to broaden our knowledge of the importance of scientific research, and how to best manage it.

Omer Inja, vice-president of administrative affairs, University of Kirkuk


A unique and wonderful experience for the formation of relationships and for the knowledge of modern technologies. THE also achieved just and impartial results in the selection of award winners. Manal Mohamed Almarzooqi, instructor of arabic language, New York University Abu Dhabi

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