Crossing boundaries, unlocking creativity

1-3 December 2020, Aichi, Japan


Due to the continuing health concerns associated with the novel coronavirus outbreak, THE has taken the difficult decision to change the date of its Asia Universities Summit due to take place at Fujita Health University in Aichi, Japan on 2-4 June and the THE Awards Asia, scheduled to take place on 3 June. We are pleased to confirm that the summit will now take place on 1-3 December with pre-summit sessions on 30 November. The THE Awards Asia will now take place on 1 December.
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We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you in December.


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 Asia Universities Summit 2020 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.



After 14 years as a landmark event in the UK higher education calendar, 2019 saw us take the prestigious THE  Awards overseas for the first time. Following a hugely successful inaugural year, the THE  Awards Asia 2020 has twice as many categories, giving more opportunities for institutions – whether they are household names or those working near-miracles away from the spotlight – to tell the world about the transformational work they do.

These awards also offer a major international platform to recognise outstanding leadership and institutional performance, and celebrate Asian higher education excellence in all of its diversity.


Our speakers

Julia Buckingham
President and vice-chancellor
Brunel University London
Peter Gruss
CEO and president
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Yuko Harayama
Former executive member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy
Cabinet Office of Japan
Peter Høj
President and vice-chancellor
University of Queensland
Shigetaka Komori
Chairman and CEO
Fujifilm Holdings Corporation
Koen Lamberts
President and vice-chancellor
University of Sheffield
Max Lu
President and vice-chancellor
University of Surrey
Yoshinori Ohsumi
Professor in the Institute of Innovation Research
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Noorsadah Rahman
Deputy vice-chancellor of research and innovation
University of Malaysia
Eng Chye Tan
National University of Singapore

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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