How talent thrives

10-12 September 2019, Zurich, Switzerland

What is the THE  World Academic Summit?

Year on year, the World Academic Summit provides an unmissable opportunity for senior managers and expert thinkers to gather, reflect and redefine the key questions impacting higher education globally. Going further than a series of talks, this event will unite a top-tier delegation around the core theme of “how talent thrives” for three days of engaging and participatory discussion.

The sixth World Academic Summit in 2019, hosted in partnership with ETH Zurich, is firmly placed to be THE’s most ambitious and influential summit of all, having established a world-renowned reputation through our World University Rankings, THE magazine and the THE  World Summit Series.

We will deliver a range of thought-provoking keynote sessions and panel debates from the world’s most innovative thinkers – across industry, policy, academia and higher education management – to answer the biggest questions facing universities and beyond on the topic of “how talent thrives”. This topic will explore key questions for higher education on issues of lifelong learning, industry partnerships, meeting the skills gap, research consortiums, and talent recruitment and management. We hope to reflect the diversity of experiences on these topics within our programme, by inviting senior leaders and emerging talent to tackle the opportunities and challenges being felt across higher education globally.

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Our speakers

Anant Agarwal
Chief executive officer, edX
Professor, MIT
Howard Gardner
Senior director
Project Zero, Harvard University
Gordana Landen
Group chief HR officer
Anton Muscatelli
Principal and vice-chancellor, University of Glasgow
Chair, Russell Group
Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman
Former minister for education
Mamokgethi Phakeng
University of Cape Town
Michel Servoz
Senior advisor to the president
European Commission
Sarah Springman
ETH Zurich
Eng Chye Tan
National University of Singapore
Karin Vey
Executive innovation consultant
IBM ThinkLab and IBM Research Zurich

A summit that brings the leaders of higher education under one roof with active discussions and networking towards a better future. Khaled Alkattan, vice-president, Alfaisal University


There is no other event with so many top representatives of world-class universities in once place. Mladen Kraljić, deputy secretary-general, University of Maribor


This is one of the most intellectually stimulating conferences I have been to in a long time. The Times Higher Education Summit is creating a vehicle for governance-like discussion. Mitchell Stevens, associate professor, Stanford University

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