The power of place

1-3 September 2020, Toronto, Canada

What is the THE  World Academic Summit?


The THE World Academic Summit 2020 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.

Our speakers


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Ernest Aryeetey
Secretary-general
African Research Universities Alliance
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Sara Diamond
President and vice-chancellor
OCAD University
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Mohamed Lachemi
President and vice-chancellor
Ryerson University
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Rhonda Lenton
President and vice-chancellor
York University
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Jaroslav Miller
Rector
Palacký University Olomouc
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Angela Owusu-Ansah
Provost and professor
Ashesi University
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Mamokgethi Phakeng
Vice-chancellor
University of Cape Town
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Krishna Rajagopal
Dean of digital learning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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AnnaLee Saxenian
Professor of regional development
University of California, Berkeley
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Eng Chye Tan
President, NUS
Member, Asian Universities Alliance
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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

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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

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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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There is still “huge public support” for Australia maintaining academic and student ties with China despite the growing “geopolitical tensions” between the Asian giant and Western governments, a vice-chancellor has said.

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