Join us on 13–14 July 2021 for the THE Latin American Universities Summit 2021 to examine how the higher education sector across the region can develop strategies to build capacity, adapt to digitisation, increase strategic impact and improve public appreciation of universities’ role in progressing society.
Hosted in partnership with the University of São Paulo, this online summit will bring together leaders from across the region and their institutional partners across the world to focus on the internationalisation of universities within South and Central America, and how universities can strengthen their work in the humanities and social sciences, reinforce their partnerships with the private sector, and reposition themselves as agents for positive change.
The summit will also feature the exclusive live reveal of the THE Latin America University Rankings 2021, accompanied by a detailed masterclass examining the latest data.
A combination of keynote speeches, participatory debates, industry visits, case studies and panel discussions will support delegates as they consider these agenda themes:
Universities maximising their impact
These sessions will debate the most effective way of measuring and understanding university impact. Are the current metrics and methodologies able to record what is most meaningful to stakeholders outside the higher education sector?
We will examine the role of universities in responding to the public health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and explore what options are available to universities to improve their public and political engagement at local and national levels.
Is it possible to widen access and focus on local priorities while sustaining research excellence and international impact?
The challenge of internationalisation
These sessions will examine the different challenges facing universities in Central and South America as they seek to internationalise, especially in relation to the global disruption created by the pandemic. We will ask how non-English language nations can improve their integration into global teaching and research networks.
With demographic growth in the global south, we will explore whether the future for research collaboration will be south-south partnerships. And we will find out the best practice for developing an international university brand and projecting values to international audiences.
Building capacity to build impact
The final section of the programme will focus on improving institutional capacity for change and action. Is there strategic competition between local needs and the demands of global goals?
We will discuss the issue of talent flows within and beyond Latin America – how might the best researchers be encouraged to spend more of their time in the region without becoming isolated from the global circulation of knowledge? How can universities sustain and encourage the arts, humanities and social sciences in our modern era of the fourth industrial revolution?
Be the first to know the results of the THE Latin America University Rankings 2021 which will be revealed at the summit
Gain exclusive analysis and understand the data behind our rankings, and learn how your institution can improve
Hear from thought leaders from across the world, engage in debates, and share ideas
Help set the agenda for how the higher education sector may be transformed by this period of crisis
OUR EVENTS IN 2020
DELEGATES REGISTERED IN 2020
7 July 2020
Universities for the public good: reasserting the value of higher education post-pandemic
The THE Latin America Universities Summit 2020 took place online. We were honoured to host delegates from over 80 countries to examine how research universities can respond to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and rebuild the higher education sector within Latin America. The summit also featured the reveal of the THE Latin America Universisity Rankings 2020.
Rewatch your favourite sessions on-demand
THE Latin America University Rankings 2020
17-18 June 2019
Building alliances, broadening inclusion towards excellence
The THE Latin America Forum 2019 took place in Lima, Peru, in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). Thsi special event brought together university leaders, experts and decision-makers to discuss and debate the best initiatives and newest ideas on how to achieve academic excellence in the region.
Over the two days, we discussed how Latin America can confront challenges and embrace new strategies and ideas to further develop the great potential that the region undoubtedly has, and heard how both international and Latin American collaborations and alliances are creating fruitful partnerships to boost research in the region.
The forum also featured the reveal of the THE Latin America University Rankings 2019, along with a detailed masterclass to examine the latest data, analyse the most recent trends, and explain the current state of higher education in the region.
View the full 2019 forum agenda and list of speakers
Access the Flickr album for all the summit photos
View the results of the THE Latin America University Rankings 2019
6-8 July 2016
World-class universities for Latin America
The inaugural THE Latin America Universities Summit 2016 took place in Bogotá, Colombia, in partnership with Antonio Nariño University. It saw over 150 delegates gather for the exclusive publication of a pilot THE Latin America University Ranking and deep analysis of the performance of universities across the region. Together, we shaped the future of university rankings in Latin America and engaged in an open consultation on a full ranking for 2017. Issues addressed included sustainable expansion for transitioning from an elite to a mass system, data-informed decision making to achieve accountability and excellence in teaching and research, and internationalisation by using global networks as a driver of world-class higher education.
View the full 2016 summit agenda and list of speakers
Access the Flickr album with all the summit photos
View the results of the THE Latin America University Rankings 2016