Managing universities in the 21st century: strategies and innovations

17-19 July 2019, Hong Kong


What is the THE  Leadership & Management Summit?

The inaugural THE  Leadership and Management Summit will be our first ever forum of top university leaders in partnership with City University Hong Kong. The summit focuses specifically on the models and processes adopted by universities to meet the challenges of the next few decades. Together, we will share best practice on management strategies, and discuss how these can be further improved through innovative methods. Via open dialogue and knowledge sharing, we will raise the standard of future approaches to human resources, performance management and leadership across higher education.

What does it mean, and what does it take, to be a high-performing institution? Is it right that leaders are appointed as opposed to elected? How will universities need to modernise their financial models to stay adaptive and responsive to future challenges? And how can institutions engage and mobilise their stakeholders to effectively support them in reaching their goals?

We invite you to join this essential conversation, in partnership with CityU, with leaders in higher education, industry and civil society across the globe, to build your network and understanding of the most pressing issues in global higher education.


The summit will also see the exclusive reveal of the World Reputation Rankings 2019 – join us to find out who the top universities with the best reputations are, as determined by academics around the world. The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only survey of senior scholars, providing an unparalleled insight into the world’s leading university brands and into the shifting global reputation of universities. The ranking results are based purely on opinion, but it is the opinion of those who know most about excellence across teaching and research – senior published scholars themselves – and while reputation is nebulous, it has real-world effects: influencing a university’s ability to attract talent, funding and partnerships.

The 2019 rankings are based on a survey of 11,554 respondents in 135 countries, across all core academic disciplines, carried out in the spring of 2019, and the data will be revealed and explored for the first time at the Leadership and Management Summit in July in Hong Kong. The 2019 reputation survey will also be used to create two of the 13 performance indicators that will make up the overall 2020 THE World University Rankings, published in September.


Click here for more information about the summit.

Our speakers

Suhair Al Qurashi
Dar Al-Hekma University
Dawn Freshwater
University of Western Australia
Rachel Sandison
Vice-principal for external relations
University of Glasgow
Bin Yang
Vice-president and provost
Tsinghua University

This is one of the most intellectually stimulating conferences I have been to in some time. Mitchell Stevens Associate professor, Stanford University


It was a great platform for networking opportunities across the globe and I gained a lot of knowledge out of the sessions. Sasipraba Thankappan, pro-vice-chancellor, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology


I have attended many conferences over the past years and I must say the THE World Academic Summit is truly a great conference not to be missed. Marcin Jacoby, director for international relations, SWPS University of social sciences and humanities

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