Frequently asked questions

How can I keep up to date with the latest THE Awards Asia news?

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Who can enter?

The awards are open to anyone involved in higher education in the following countries or territories:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

Entries can be completed by those working at institutions, or consultants working on an institution’s instruction. If you are entering on behalf of an institution, please ensure that you supply an institutional contact as well as your own.

How do I enter?

Please read our entry guidelines , then click ‘Enter now’ at the top of the page. Please note that all entries must be in English.

When can I enter?

The entry window opens on Thursday 7 January 2021, and will close on Wednesday 24 February 2021 *extended to 23:59 (GMT) on Monday 1 March 2021.

How much does it cost to enter the awards?

There is no charge to enter.

What period do these awards relate to?

These awards focus primarily on activity during the 2020 calendar year. Judges will pay special attention to initiatives completed during 2020, but submissions may be based on those that commenced prior to this period, where proof of impact during 2020 can be included.

Can we enter more than one category?

Yes, you may enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a different submission for each category.

Can we enter the same submission in more than one category?

No, please choose the most appropriate category for each entry. If you are unsure which category to choose, please contact to discuss your options.

Can an institution enter more than one project or team in a single category?

Yes, if the entries are distinctive and unrelated you may submit more than one. Otherwise, we advise you to combine the best elements of each to form a stronger single entry.

How will I know that my entry has been safely received?

Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your institution name, the nominee and the category you have entered. You will also find a copy of your entry attached. This email will also contain a unique Nomination Code that will be used in future THE Awards Asia 2021 correspondence relating to your entry. If you do not receive your confirmation email, please email

Are collaborative entries accepted?


Institutions working together

If your entry relates to an initiative or project carried out in collaboration with another institution or institutions, the submission should come from the lead institution. In such cases, please enter “<Name of lead institution> in collaboration with <name of secondary institution>” or, in cases where the institutions are working together under project title, “<Name of lead institution> on behalf of <name of project>”, in the ‘Institution name’ field on the entry form. If there is no lead institution, to avoid multiple entries for the same project, please agree who will make the submission on behalf of the group.

Institutions working with public or private partners

You may enter a project that has been undertaken in collaboration with an external public or private partner. In such cases, please include “<Name of institution> in collaboration with <name of partner>” in the ‘Institution name’ field on the entry form. Please note that the award will be given to the winning higher education institution.

When will I find out if we have been shortlisted?

We will notify shortlisted institutions by email on the same day as the shortlists are officially published, on 2 June 2021.

If we are not shortlisted, can we get feedback on our entry?

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of entries, we are not able to give feedback on individual entries.

When are the winners announced?

THE Awards Asia will once again be the celebratory grand finale of our THE Live Asia event, taking place over the 14th and 15th December 2021. We hope this will be held in Asia, and in-person, although it is possible that we may have to revert to a virtual event once again. We will confirm which it is to be as soon as we can.

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