Following 14 years as a landmark event in the UK higher education calendar, in 2019 we took the prestigious THE Awards overseas for the first time. The response to THE Awards Asia from across the continent far exceeded our expectations, with the number of entrants, their wide geographical spread and the brilliant stories they told making them a huge success.

In year two we expanded to twice as many categories, giving more opportunities for institutions – whether they are household names or those working near-miracles away from the spotlight – to tell the world about the transformational work they do.

For 2021 we are retaining those same ten categories, eight of which require entries from institutions, and two where our data specialists take a fresh look at the data submitted during our rankings data collection process and reveal something about university performance that the rankings cannot.

THE Awards Asia offer a major international platform to recognise outstanding leadership and institutional performance, and celebrate the continent's higher education excellence in all of its diversity.

Along with all the brilliant work you do across the board, year in and year out, in 2021 we are particularly looking forward to shining a spotlight on Asian higher education’s brilliant response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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