The University of Melbourne will host the prestigious Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in October 2015, bringing senior university, government and industry leaders from around the world to Melbourne.

The World Academic Summit is the flagship event of Times Higher Education. It includes a two-day conference and the announcement of the widely referenced 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said he was delighted that the WAS would bring leading thinkers in higher education from around the world to Melbourne.

“Melbourne prides itself on its position as a Knowledge city so it is only fitting that the THE would choose our city as the first Australian city to hold its summit,” he said.

“Repeatedly ranked as the World’s Most Liveable City, Melbourne will provide an ideal backdrop for industry leaders to meet to consider global issues in higher education and research and to forge or renew partnerships with leading institutions.”

Times Higher Education Editor-at-large Phil Baty said he was delighted to be bringing the WAS to Melbourne.

“Not only is Melbourne one of the greatest cities in the world, it is also home to one of the greatest universities in the world. The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked as the number one university in Australia, but it is of course a real leader in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. So we have the perfect setting, and the perfect host, to build on the success of our 2013 World Academic Summit in Singapore,” he said.

“The summit brings together outstanding global thought leaders from industry, government, higher education and research to explore the fundamental role that world-class universities play in pushing the boundaries of our collective understanding and fueling the future knowledge economy. The event offers unparalleled opportunities to networking, share experience and set the agenda for the global future of higher education and research.

“I am particularly pleased to be hosting the launch of the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings exclusively at the Melbourne summit – the global rankings have never been more prominent in global higher education strategy, and the summit will be a unique opportunity to engage with the data, unpick the methodology and to examine the results’ trends at the very moment of their worldwide release.”

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