World Academic Summit 2024 | Making a Difference: The Purpose of Universities in a Rapidly Changing World

Our flagship event will focus on ways universities can act as drivers of positive social change.

We are delighted to be partnering with The University of Manchester in its bicentenary year for the next edition of the THE World Academic Summit. 500+ delegates will convene at our flagship event to focus on social responsibility and the obligation of universities to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Join some of the world’s most inspiring thought leaders and influential changemakers to explore how higher education, industry and policymakers can work together to ensure that universities can act as drivers of positive change within local, national and international communities.

Agenda themes:

  • The importance of civic responsibility
  • Driving innovation for the future
  • Collaboration within and between institutions
  • Global impact for the common good


The event will feature the exclusive reveal of the THE World University Rankings 2025, and an in-depth masterclass from THE’s data team. The masterclass will feature detailed analysis and insight into the key findings, trends and stories from the data.