What are the judges looking for?

Our judges will be assessing excellence across eight categories, with two others being assessed using THE data previously collected for our suite of university rankings (these do not require entries from institutions). They will be looking for clear planning and strategy, coupled with excellent delivery and outcomes.

Universities are encouraged, where appropriate, to provide evidence in the form of metrics that demonstrate success, as well as a narrative. Please also include examples that demonstrate the positive impact of the work.

Judges will be looking for examples of creative solutions to common challenges, innovation that has improved a university’s performance and broadened its impact, and where possible, instances of excellence that are scalable or transferrable to other higher education institutions.

Eligible countries and territories

THE Awards Asia are simple to enter and open to anyone involved in higher education in the following countries and 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, Palestinian Territory, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

Entry guidelines

  • The information below will help you prepare your entry. The entry system will open on 7 January 2021.
  • Entry is free.
  • There are 10 categories in all, with eight requiring entries from institutions.
  • Entries must be submitted in English.
  • These awards focus primarily on activity during the 2020 calendar year. The 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.
  • We open for entries on 7 January 2021 , and the final deadline is 23:59 (GMT) on 24 February 2021 *extended unti 23:59 (GMT) on Monday 1 March 2021 . Please allow plenty of time to research, compose and submit your entry.
  • All entries must be submitted online. For Chinese institutions, we have made improvements to the website this year, meaning you should be able to submit in the same way as everyone else. If you do experience problems, please email david.suter@timeshighereduation.com .
  • You must register in order to enter our awards. Once registered, your details will be retained on the site whenever you are logged in. If you have previously entered the THE Awards Asia, those login details should still be valid. Your details will not be shared with any third party, and will only be used by THE for awards-related communications.
  • When logged in, entries can be drafted and redrafted as many times as you wish – please click ‘SAVE’ any time you wish to leave an incomplete submission. When you have finalised your entry, please click the ‘SUBMIT’ button.
  • The judges will be looking for a good story, well told, and backed up with solid metrics where applicable.
  • Submissions must consist of up to 500 words of text specifically addressing the key criteria set out for the relevant category. You may also attach up to two sets of materials which should support or expand on aspects of your 500-word text. Supporting documentation should be no more than four sides of A4 in total (entries may be printed out during shortlisting and final judging). Please see below for more details on the supporting material requirements .
  • If you wish to submit tables or graphics, they must be included within your supporting materials rather than as part of the submission text.
  • We are aware that some entries may include sensitive information, so please be reassured that the 500-word submission and any supporting documents will remain confidential, seen only by those assessing the entry.
    We are also asking you to send us an edited version of the submission (150-words maximum), which will be published on this website if the entry is shortlisted, so in this case you should remove any details that you wish to keep private.
    (We will be directing people to these pages in our marketing, so this is an excellent way for your entry to receive additional attention.)
  • You may enter as many categories as you wish, but no single submission can be entered in more than one category. If you are unsure which is the best category for your entry, please contact david.suter@timeshighereducation.com .
  • An institution may submit more than one entry per category where projects or initiatives are distinctive and unrelated. Otherwise, we advise you to combine the best elements of each in a stronger single entry.
  • You may enter a project that has been undertaken in collaboration with an external public or private partner, but the award will be given to the winning higher education institution.
  • If your entry is based on a collaboration with other institutions, the submission should come from the lead institution. In such cases, please enter “ [lead institution] in collaboration with [other institutions] " or, in cases where the institutions are working under a collective banner or project name, “ [project name] ([list of participating institutions]) ”, in the ‘Institution‘ field on the entry form, and we will credit all institutions if shortlisted.
  • If there is no lead institution in a collaborative project, to avoid multiple entries focusing on the same activity, please agree who will make the submission on behalf of the partnership, and enter “ [institution a] and [institution b] ” in the ‘Institution’ field.
  • 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.
  • If you are an individual considering submitting an entry, we ask that you let senior management and your university’s marketing team know that you are doing so (though no formal letter of approval is required by THE).
  • The shortlist will be announced on 2 June 2021 during our THE Asia Universities Summit, with the winners being announced at a ceremony taking place in Asia in the autumn . More details on the venue and date will follow soon.
  • If you are shortlisted, we will send you a notification email which will include your unique nomination code number, previously issued in the email confirming your original entry. Please check that these numbers are the same.
  • For anyone experiencing problems with the website, please email THEawardsasia@timeshighereducation.com .

Supporting material

Documents should be in PDF or Word doc format.

  • Up to three sets of supporting documents may be submitted, but in total they should comprise no more than four sides of A4. PowerPoint and video files will not be accepted, however you may submit screenshots.
  • Supporting materials may include photographs, tables, graphs, documents containing statistics, testimonials, supporting research, evaluation or inspection reports, promotional materials and media coverage (PowerPoint and video files will not be accepted; however, you may submit screenshots).

Any information submitted outside these guidelines will not be considered as part of the submission.

Contact details

The contact details you provide in your entry form will be used by us throughout the awards process. This will be the person who receives all direct correspondence from us in relation to THE Awards Asia 2021, including acknowledgement of submission, notification of shortlisting, and marketing materials in the event of you being shortlisted and winning.

If you would like to change your main point of contact at any time during the process, please send the new person’s contact information by email to THEawardsasia@timeshighereducation.com . Please also use this email address for any questions you might have.

Please contact david.suter@timeshighereducation.com if you have any specific questions about eligibility, or if you require clarification about any of the category criteria.

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