Embracing risk, creating opportunities

26-28 June 2019, Guildford, United Kingdom

What is the THE  Young Universities Summit?

The Times Higher Education  Young Universities Summit is the essential annual gathering of leaders of the world’s best and most ambitious research universities founded since 1945.

In June 2019, in partnership with the University of Wollongong in Australia and the University of Surrey in the UK, senior leaders from academia and related industries will gather at Surrey’s campus just outside London to assess the global outlook for higher education, analysing disruption, celebrating impact and identifying opportunities for new growth with their peers.

On the theme of “Embracing risk, creating opportunities”, this summit will allow us to identify which institutions are currently succeeding in challenging more established universities, and consider the directions leaders might take to ensure the sustainability of their institution over the next century.

With a programme of visionary keynote talks, discussion groups and panel debates from university and industry that we intend to advance the agenda and trigger fresh perspectives for leaders. Over three days, the summit will explore geopolitical “black swans” and the impact on higher education, assess how future student’s needs will change and how that will challenge current education provision, and debate how technology can create sustainable change to human well-being, with universities being better able to redefine their public value in the 21st century.

The summit will also host the exclusive launch of two THE  university rankings: the “Golden Age” rankings of institutions founded since 1945, and the Young University Rankings, featuring institutions under the age of 50.

Click here for more information about the summit.

Our speakers

Jim Al-Khalili
Professor of public engagement in science
University of Surrey
Hana Al-Nuaim
Vice-president of women's campuses
King Abdulaziz University
Sue Bennett
Head of School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Wollongong
Dong-Sung Cho
Incheon National University
Christine Goh
Director of the National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
Katharine Hackett
Executive director
Princeton Environmental Institute
Michael Queen
Chair of council
University of Surrey
Ihron Rensburg
Former vice-chancellor
University of Johannesburg
Paulin Straughan
Professor of sociology (practice) and dean of students
Singapore Management University
Sir Mark Walport
Chief executive
UK Research and Innovation

This is a summit that any vice-chancellor of a young university should attend, in order to speak to as many colleagues as possible, to get ideas about the challenges we face, and to network with like-minded universities who share many of the similar challenges. Anthony Forster, vice-chancellor, University of Essex


I met some fascinating people and enjoyed getting to appreciate what Times Higher Education is all about. Ellen Hurwitz, president emerita, American University of Central Asia


This summit was a great opportunity to meet with world-class university staff and faculty and improved my overview regarding young university standards. Felipe Ribeiro, chief of staff, Federal University of Semiarido

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