How can we hope to meet future challenges if we do not address the changing needs of the current cohort of students? Times Higher EducationAsian Universities Summit 2022, co-hosted with Fujita Health University Nagoya for the second time, will explore how the world’s largest and most populous continent can work towards a more symbiotic relationship with its network of higher education institutions to serve a rapidly changing society, while acknowledging its current state of recovery at this stage of the pandemic. The summit will be a hybrid event, taking place simultaneously from May 31 to June 2 on the FHU campus, while also hosting a number of speakers and virtual delegates.
Phil Baty, THEsaid, “After so many virtual meetings, it is a real privilege to have the opportunity to meet our colleagues from around the world at the first in-person Asian Universities Summit in three years. It is also a special honor to partner with FHU for the second consecutive year for this summit, as their output as a medical university has played an important role in regional efforts to circumvent the worst effects of Covid-19 . Rarely has the cross-border collaboration demonstrated by the higher education community during our mandatory physical separation seemed so inspiring, and having the chance to once again reveal the ranking of Asian universities there, as well as the THE The 2022 Asia Awards, celebrating the work of universities that have kept us safe and informed, will be particularly poignant this year. »
The summit program includes an interview between Mr. Baty and Xing Qu, Deputy General of Unesco, on how universities can be effective agents of change and accurately reflect the communities they aim to serve. Yoshinori Ohsumi, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will discuss how to bridge the gap between global research ecosystems and regional universities to enable an equitable distribution of talent, especially in crisis-affected areas. John Ross, THEThe Asia-Pacific editor will lead a conversation with Yasuhiko Hashimoto, president and CEO of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, exploring how innovation and resources can best be deployed in these areas through university- successful industry. The topic of universities’ contributions to society at large will be addressed in a subsequent panel discussion, with Se-jung Oh, President of Seoul National University, and Margaret Sheil, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology from Queensland.
The second day of the summit will explore how universities can build their capacity for impact and resilience, with insights from Arshad Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences. Leading educational psychologist Sung-il Kim, who is currently Dean of Korea University’s College of Education, will discuss how the next generation of adaptable students will shape how society can pivot to meet challenges. .
Hiroshi Amano, a professor at Nagoya University’s Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability and winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, will explore how mission-oriented research can be effectively integrated into higher education in East Asia to help the Vulnerable, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA). YS Chi, President of Elsevier, will moderate a panel discussion on Developing University Leaders for a VUCA World, including Santhaya Kittikowit, Director of Chula Innovation Hub at Chulalongkorn University, and Rocky Tuan, Vice Chancellor of China University from Hong Kong. Providing a stable academic experience in this context will be explored during a panel with Choltis Dhirathiti, Executive Director of the ASEAN University Network, and Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General of the Association of Indian Universities. Additionally, the degree of recognition of how the parameters have changed in an increasingly VUCA world, as well as the eligibility criteria for awarding merit within universities as more and more skills are validated, will be analyzed in the penultimate panel of the summit, including Ayesha Al Dhaheri, Associate Rector of Student Affairs at United Arab Emirates University, and Kunihiro Ohta, Executive Vice President of Education, Transformation digital, institutional research and long-term vision of academic research and education, and former dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo.
The summit’s final panel will focus on transforming access to higher education across Asia through a broader and augmented digital infrastructure, with Madhu Chitkara, Pro Chancellor of Chitkara University, Xuetao Cao, President from Nankai University, Banchong Mahaisavariya, president of Mahidol University, and Norihiro Tokitoh, vice-president of Kyoto University.
“We are delighted to be joined by a long list of esteemed speakers from academia, government and industry in Asia to discuss opportunities for growth in a rapidly changing society whose needs have evolved during the pandemic, as well as methods of tackling present and future challenges creatively and effectively,” Mr. Baty added.
Following the revelation of THE Asia University Rankings 2022, an exclusive data masterclass will be conducted by THE‘s Chief Data Officer, Duncan Ross, on the day after and final day of the summit, reflecting on how teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international perspectives play a fundamental role in the future successes of Asian universities.
“In order to be a university that can respond immediately to bigger problems, we want our members to be those who don’t put problems aside, but can all work together to solve problems,” said Yukio Yuzawa, president of Fujita Health University.