If the 21st century is truly to be dominated by Asia, the continent’s universities have a vital role to play, producing the next generation of leaders, world-class research, fuel for growth in the knowledge economy and a solution to the challenges – policy-related and practical – of providing more than half of the world’s population with health, security and prosperity. Therefore how universities can collaborate and support industry to achieve mutual and sustainable benefits is an essential question of our age.
What do scholars, policymakers, chief executives and leaders of the best universities in Asia believe their roles, opportunities and responsibilities to be? Times Higher Education invites you to find out what higher education excellence looks like now in these countries – and what it may look like in the future.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Vice-chancellors, rectors, presidents, deputy presidents, vice-presidents and distinguished scholars representing higher education and governments along with industries and businesses with close links to both sectors.
Watch the official summit video to find out what to expect at the event
Professor Coaldrake has held his current position since 2003, having previously been deputy vice-chancellor at QUT. He is a former chair of Universities Australia and of Queensland’s Public Sector Management Commission. He has also written several books, including most recently (with Lawrence Stedman) Raising the Stakes: Gambling with the Future of Universities.
Tricia King recently became a vice-president at CASE after 20 years in UK higher education leadership roles, most recently as pro vice-master for strategic engagement at Birkbeck, University of London. She has previously served as director of marketing, recruitment and admissions at Roehampton University and as head of marketing at York St John University.
Professor Yeon-Cheon Oh took up his current role in 2015, having previously been president of Seoul National University. He is a former chairman of the Industry Development Advisory Committee and the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology at the Ministry of Knowledge and Economics. He is also former chairman of the Judicial Policy Advisory Committee.
Professor Casals took up his current position at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (UPF) in 2013, having previously served as executive vice-president of the university’s Continuing Education Institute, vice-rector for teaching staff and vice-rector for postgraduate and doctoral studies. He is also a full professor of Philosophy and a senior fellow of the Institute for Catalan Studies.
Professor Borrás is head of the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School, and visiting professor at CIRCLE (Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy), Lund University, Sweden. She is also on the board of directors of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.