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Welcome to THE Emerging Economies Summit 2018

April 27, 2018

On the theme of “Empowering the next generation of universities”, the fourth annual THE Emerging Economies Summit founded with Project 5-100 goes to the Kingdom of Morocco, to tackle problems and explore some of the pressing questions facing universities and higher education institutions in the region and worldwide.

The Summit was founded in 2014 with the Russian Academic Excellence Project (Project 5-100). This year the Summit will be held in partnership with Mohammed V University of Rabat from 8 to 10 May. It is one of the essential gatherings for leaders of research universities in some of the world’s fastest-growing countries.

The topics will include new approaches to widening internationalization, the impact of higher education on national policies and the skills gap, key measures of empowering the next generation of universities and addressing inequality of opportunity to support employer, and ways how public research universities can encourage further private sector investment in tertiary education.

Andrei Volkov, deputy chairman of Russian Academic Excellence Project Council, will deliver a speech on how higher education can prove the returns on national investment, while Mamdouh Shoukri, president emeritus at York University, will offer suggestions on how the next generation of talent can be produced and retained.

Project 5–100 organizes a special session “Subject rankings development” on May 10. This event will bring together universities, opinion leaders and decision-makers from across the world to discuss and explore how universities can be a beacon of sustainable growth and impact, as well as discuss world university subject rankings. The featured speakers are A. Svistunov, first vice-rector of Sechenov University, G. Zaslavsky, rector of Russian Institute of Theatre Arts GITIS, B. Wong, THE’s lead data scientist.

Another panel will consider how academic research can compete for talent and hear from Mikhail Strikhanov, rector of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Amine Bensaid, president of Mundiapolis University; Mohamed Albaili, vice-chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University; Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi, president of King Abdulaziz University; Essam Elkordi, president of Alexandria University; Ioannis Karakassis, deputy rector of academic affairs at the University of Crete.

The summit will host the global launch of the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2018. A special session with THE data scientists will provide exclusive insight into the most comprehensive measure of research universities’ performance across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, and include a data masterclass from Phil Baty, THE’s editorial director of global rankings.

Emerging Economies Summit, co-founded by Times Higher Education and Project 5-100, serves as a platform for academics, educators and opinion leaders to discuss and promote universities from emerging economies. It provides a friendly, supportive environment in which educational and expert communities, state institutions, business and global industrial leaders interested in the internationalization of higher education can network and learn.