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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THE  Festival of Data

This year we are proud to also be introducing the THE  Festival of Data, an optional pre-summit fringe event where you will have the opportunity to discover the latest innovations in university performance analysis and evaluation. Join us for a full day on 9 September, just before the full launch of the THE World University Rankings 2020 and the start of the World Academic Summit, and help us shape the future of the rankings.

Click here for more information about the Festival of Data.



Closing video

Watch the closing video of the THE  World Academic Summit 2019 below.

Our speakers

Anant Agarwal
Chief executive officer, edX
Professor, MIT
Katherine Fleming
Howard Gardner
Senior director
Project Zero, Harvard University
Feridun Hamdullahpur
President, University of Waterloo
Former chair, U15 (Canada)
Gordana Landen
Group chief HR officer
Adecco Group
Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman
Former minister for education
Eng Chye Tan
President, National University of Singapore
Member, Asian Universities Alliance
Dirk Van Damme
Senior Counsellor, Directorate for education and Skills
Karin Vey
Executive innovation consultant
IBM ThinkLab and IBM Research Zurich
Saadia Zahidi
Managing director and head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society
World Economic Forum

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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