Degrees of change: Forces shaping the teaching and learning of tomorrow

4-6 June 2019, London, Ontario, Canada

What is the THE  Teaching Excellence Summit?

Robust, rigorous and fit-for-purpose university teaching is vital to society as we move into the fourth industrial revolution, where many of today’s jobs may be automated and where the rise of artificial intelligence raises profound questions about the skills and attributes that humans will need to thrive in the future.

Teaching is surely the most fundamental role of any university. With such serious issues facing us all, best practice in university teaching is more important now than ever before.Therefore, Times Higher Education is delighted to be working with Western University to deliver the 2019 Teaching Excellence Summit, to help ensure that excellent, future-proof university teaching secures its place at the top of the agenda of university leaders around the world.

The first THE summit to be held in Canada aims to explore global themes that will greatly influence the future of higher education.

How do we overcome barriers to mobility and create clearer pathways for our students to the world of educational opportunities that exist beyond their national borders?

How can we integrate more technology, including artificial intelligence in higher education? How do we leverage technology to improve teaching and learning? How can we continually challenge ourselves to innovate and embrace artificial intelligence across the academy, not only in what we teach, but how we teach?

How can universities better design inclusive campuses to achieve both greater access and excellence?

What is the role of universities in achieving access and building inclusive societies in an era of post-colonial and post-conflict reconciliation, migration, and social change?

Join leaders, policymakers, investors and scholars from around the world to explore together what that future may hold.

Click here to find out more about the summit.

Our speakers

Tia Brown McNair
Vice-president of diversity and student success
Association of American Colleges and Universities
David Garza
Tecnológico de Monterrey
David Lammy
Member of the UK Parliament for Tottenham
Kevin Lamoureux
Associate vice-president of indigenous initiatives
University of Winnipeg
Susan McCahan
Vice-provost of academic programs
University of Toronto
David McKay
President and chief executive officer
Royal Bank of Canada
Joanna Newman
Chief executive and secretary general
Association of Commonwealth Universities
Jackie Ottmann
Vice-president of Indigenous engagement
University of Saskatchewan
Nirmala Rao
Asian University for Women
Deep Saini
President and vice-chancellor
University of Canberra

The talks were relevant to academia today, well planned and the discussion elements allowed topics to be explored in depth. I can honestly say that it is the most friendly conference I have ever attended, with introductions, conversations and networking taking place very naturally thanks to the setup. I would urge colleagues to attend. Nicola Innes, associate dean for learning and teaching, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee


It was an excellent intellectual knowledge feast with dedication to the fundamentals of teaching and excellence. Shirish Patil, vice-chancellor, DY Patil University


The THE Teaching Excellence Summit is a great opportunity to debate and explore issues such as how universities can improve teaching in the advancement of knowledge and development, dealing with the future trends.. Olga Villa, strategy director, University of Deusto

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