If this year’s Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in Zurich is focused on how talent thrives, then next year’s event – hosted for the first time by the University of Toronto – will be all about where it thrives, and why.
That was the message U of T President Meric Gertler delivered to attendees in Zurich this week during a panel conversation with Zurich’s mayor Corine Mauch at the annual global conference.
President Gertler said next year’s U of T-hosted conference will explore “the kinds of qualities of particular places that make them attractive to talent and help them retain that talent.”
He added that U of T’s relationship to the city it calls home has grown closer in recent years, citing a memorandum of understanding the university penned with the city of Toronto in 2017.
“We’re very keen to make our expertise available so it can be put to work to address Toronto’s challenges and help it fulfil its opportunities,” President Gertler said at the conference hosted by ETH Zurich.
From Berlin to Beijing, universities everywhere are looking to leverage their unique location and contribute to their communities in order to attract the world’s top talent and enhance their teaching and research missions.
With the theme “the power of place,” next year’s World Academic Summit, to be held Sept. 1-3, is expected to draw more than 400 leaders from the worlds of academia, research and business to Toronto. President Gertler has likened hosting the summit to the Toronto International Film Festival in the sense that it puts a spotlight on the city and local talent.