NUS, in partnership with Times Higher Education (THE), will host the 2018 THE World Academic Summit from 25 to 27 September next year. The annual flagship THE event gathers the world’s thought leaders across universities, research institutions, industry and government to shape the future of higher education.
Announcing the event theme “The Transformative Power of Research: Advancing Knowledge, Driving Economies, Building Nations”, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “This is a topic central to the vision and work of many universities, and yet the goals and pathways that each of our universities will pursue will vary, based on our differing contexts and priorities of the university community and our major stakeholders.
“The Summit will therefore provide a powerful forum for us to gain deep insights into these issues that are common to all universities, alongside opportunities for differentiation and innovation,” he added. He was speaking from London, UK, where he attended this year’s edition of the THE World Academic Summit hosted by King’s College London and THE.
To be held at NUS, the 2018 Summit will address questions such as how universities can balance supporting long-term fundamental research and promoting research translation and commercialisation; and how they can position themselves strategically in a future of accelerated and constant change.
Slated to share their views at the event are eminent speakers such as Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University; Professor Stephen Toope, incoming Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; Professor Lino Guzzella, President of ETH Zurich; Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, Chair of the Israel National Council for Research and Development; Professor Lin Jianhua, President of Peking University; Professor Peretz Lavie from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology; as well as Dr Lily Chan, CEO of NUS Enterprise.
THE Editor Mr John Gill said, “We are thrilled to be working with NUS to convene the THE World Academic Summit 2018. These summits are now a real landmark in global higher education, bringing together the largest and most diverse groups of university leaders from every continent. It’s this gathering of minds, and time spent away from day-to-day challenges, that allow new thinking, partnerships and collaborations to emerge.”