The power of place

1-3 September 2020, Toronto, Canada

What is the THE  World Academic Summit?

The 2020 Times Higher Education World Academic Summit will focus on the interrelationship between universities and the places in which they are located. The modern university’s mission is evolving. The increasingly interconnected and knowledge-intensive global economy has raised questions about innovation, talent, skills and tomorrow’s workforce. Many universities are reimagining their traditional roles, as students, faculty and staff alike create new opportunities for education and research in partnership with their local communities and regions.

Cities, towns and regions are also re-evaluating their relationships with their institutions of higher education and advanced research, as these institutions are increasingly recognised as vital drivers of resiliency, prosperity and regional success.

University presidents, world-class researchers, political leaders and senior executives from transnational business will gather in Toronto to examine the complex interrelation between university and place.

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World Academic Summit 2019

Watch the 2019 closing video below to get an overview of the summit


As a platform for understanding power shifts in the world of universities, THE summits are hard to beat.

Tim Dunnee
Pro vice-chancellor
University of Queensland


A very well organized event with interesting topics, a high level group of participants and professionals, adequate networking opportunities, and a chance to meet industry specialists.

Karma El Hassan
Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
American University of Beirut


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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THE World Academic Summit 2020 heads to Toronto

THE’s World Academic Summit 2020 will be held in partnership with the University of Toronto next September. The event will bring together university presidents, world-class researchers, political leaders and senior executives from industry in one of the most prestigious gatherings of its kind in the world.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 1:59 pm

THE podcast: ETH Zurich, Toronto and NYU presidents talk talent

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Friday, January 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm

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