On Aug. 30, Times Higher Education (THE) announced that PwC, the global network of professional services firms, is joining the prestigious THE World Summit Series as a Global Partner. The sponsorship will see PwC participants run sessions and speak at THE’s global summits, including THE World Academic Summit, Leadership & Management Summit, Teaching Excellence Summit, Emerging Economies Summit, THE Arab University Rankings Forum and the Climate Impact Forum.
An essential forum for university presidents and vice-chancellors, chief executives and decision-makers, THE’s World Summit Series has been running since 2013. The events bring together pre-eminent global thought leaders across higher education, research, industry and government to share best practices and innovation in the development and leadership of world-class universities and shape the future for international higher education governance and innovation.
The sponsorship will focus on PwC’s Global Education & Skills network, established to address the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing colleges and universities around the world and to support them in adapting to today’s increasingly dynamic and digital world.
“The THE World Summit Series is all about understanding and resolving the challenges and opportunities facing global higher education. PwC is a natural fit as a Global Partner for the series, with a purpose that aligns with both THE’s goals and those of our audience,” said Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at THE. “We look forward to working with them over the coming year to provide support, guidance and actions for our global community as we look to navigate the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector.”
“Global higher education is vital to enabling a workforce fit for the future and providing greater opportunity. PwC is focused on working with organizations to build trust and deliver sustained outcomes, and this has never been more important to our colleges and universities in serving their students, faculty and community,” said Sally Jeffery, Global Education & Skills Network Leader, PwC Middle East. “We’re genuinely excited to join with THE through their industry-leading World Summit Series. With our combined expertise, we can support the world’s higher education leaders in furthering their core mission and to help address the opportunities and challenges they face, heightened by the Covid-19 experience.”
The sponsorship will commence at THE’s World Academic Summit 2021, held virtually between 1-3 September. PwC participants will be running a session titled “Developing robust and sustainable faculty support for greater international collaboration,” covering topics including resources for developing and delivering blended learning, maximizing international collaboration among teaching staff, and flexible learning and assessment to maximize engagement with international students. The session will include panelists from a series of roundtable events held by PwC in Africa, the Middle East, the UK and Australia. You can find out more or register here.