The University of Toronto has confirmed it will be hosting the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World Academic Summit 2020.

According to the THE website, the summit is meant to bring together leaders across higher education, research, industry and government to share best practice and innovation in the “development and leadership of world-class universities and research.”

Meric Gertler, president of U of T, said he hoped that the 2020 summit would provide a “broader understanding of the importance that place plays in an increasingly digital world of higher education.”

“[I hope] that there will be a deeper appreciation for the learning opportunities that places provide, for the research opportunities that place provide, and for the opportunities for higher education institutions to engage in city building, which would be good for both the cities around them as well as, of course, the institutions themselves,” he said.

THE has also partnered with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and New York University as hosts of the summit in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

The World Academic Summit 2019 will focus on the theme “how talent thrives.”

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