The QS Higher Ed Summits have attracted high level speaker and leaders from around the world, including royalty, national leaders, technology experts, Vice-Chancellors, and community leaders, on a vast range of topics. Explore some of our past speakers to learn more about what to expect at future QS Higher Ed Summits.
Past Featured Speakers
Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi,
His Excellency General Prayut Chan-O-Cha
The Kingdom of Thailand
Higher Education, Science,
Research and Innovation of Thailand
Honorary Rosy Akbar
Ministry of Education
J. Prospero “Popoy” E. De Vera III
Chairman, Commission on Higher Education
Irina Georgieva Bokova
Chief Content Officer,
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan
President of the Royal Scientific Society, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Haifa Al Kaylani
Founder & Chairman,
Arab International Women’s Forum and Commissioner,
ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work
Sophia the Robot
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Innovation Champion,
Sonia Ben Jaafar
Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education
Vice President -
Worldwide Education, Microsoft
Executive Director, UN Global Pulse,
Executive Office of the Secretary-General,
Haifa Al Najjar
Senator, Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament (Jordanian Senate)&
Superintendent; Ahliyyah School for Girls &
Bishop's School for Boys Amman, Jordan
27 - 28 July 2023
Panel: Future Proofing Higher Education from Crises | Europe 2023
A number of crises are impacting higher education in the United Kingdom and Europe, such as restricted student mobility, equality pay gaps, and the costs of living crisis. Innovative long-term solutions need to be integrated, such as investing more to aid financial hardship and improve technology, as well as incorporating long-term hybrid learning.
27 - 28 July 2023
Opening Panel: The State of European Higher Education | Europe 2023
After an unexpected start to the decade, European higher education is back on course to meet its targets and expectations. This high-level panel brings together leaders throughout Europe to discuss the state of higher education in the continent, unexpected outcomes in recent history, and the decisions that must be made in the coming months and […]
07 - 10 July 2021
Understanding European educational sector and role of Sustainable Development Goals in educational context | QS EUROPE 2021
This session represents European students’ perspective on discoveries, and innovation strategies to achieve more equitable and sustainable habitat and reiterates the role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs’) in the higher education setting.
23 - 26 March 2021
Analysing the pandemic affect in the field of science in the education context | MAPLE 2021
This session delves into the pandemic affect on educational sector in the Arab world, especially in the field of science. It further highlights the need for more fund allocation for scientific research and promote scientific advancement also in education context.
15 - 19 December 2020
Dealing the issues of migration and education in Russia with Russian Federation Migration Policy | SFS Language & Linguistics 2020
This track focuses on the Russian Federation Migration Policy in the education context, and through this to create an inclusive environment for all, especially non-Russian speakers in the Russian context.
09 - 15 December 2022
Evolution of China’s Edtech sector in the pandemic | Reimagine Education 2020
This panel discussion focuses on three broad topics- The impact of pandemic in the Chinese education market, the evolution of the digitalisation of Chinese education market, and Tencent’s strategies to combat the obstacles during these times.
25 - 30 November 2020
Coursera’s role in digitalisation evolution amidst the pandemic | APPLE 2020
This discussion reiterates digitalisation evolution and explores the ceaseless reach to various educational courses via Coursera, and the tie-ups with many universities have eased the process of one to access courses with just a click.
25 - 30 November 2020
Analysing the climate changes in the educational context | APPLE 2020
The focus on future citizens’ problem-solving capability is one of the key take-away from this session. The role of educational sector in the climate change such as the pandemic is one of the pertinent areas of discussion to address.
16 - 18 September 2020
Sophia the robot and David Hanson’s take on the evolution of digital world, and educational sector | MAPLE 2020
This session emphasises on the untapped learning and discoveries in the field of technology from Sophia the robot, its importance in being the catalyst to encourage ceaseless research, and inclusion of its study in education.
04 - 07 August 2020
Analysing the medical advancement in Thailand during the pandemic | SFS Medicine 2020
The COVID times has seen boost in medical advancement in Thailand such as the success of vaccines. The extensive reach medical assistance to all sectors of society in Thailand, and the efforts taken to promote more medical advancement especially in the medical education sector.