China to Host Asia Universities Summit 2018

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 09:35

The Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen will host Times Higher Education’s (THE) first summit 2018.

More than 20 university presidents from 12 countries will speak at Times Higher Education’s Asia Universities Summit in February, .Times Higher Education reports.

The event, which will be hosted by the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen from 5 to 7 February 2018, will be the first THE summit to take place in mainland China. It will be on the theme of “Connecting cities, changing the world: research universities building Asia”.

Subra Suresh, president designate of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore – one of the world’s fastest-rising universities – will deliver the opening keynote on trends, opportunities and challenges for global research and education.

Meanwhile, Alice Gast, president of Imperial College London, will give a speech on pursuing the endless frontier in the era of AlphaGo, and Jianhua Lin, president of China’s top-ranked institution, Peking University, will explore the theme of competition and collaboration and Beijing’s universities at the nexus of the Asian century.

The summit will also explore the current hubs of excellence and rising stars in the region; the universities that are sustaining cities in the 21st century; the idea of universities as catalysts and connectors for innovation; and how universities can lead the “fourth industrial revolution”.

The summit will also host the launch of the THE Asia University Rankings 2018 and include a data masterclass on the results. The continuing rise of Asia is one of the main themes of the latest THE World University Rankings, which includes three Asian universities in the top 30 for the first time since 2010-11.


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