APRU presidents have frequently discussed ways research universities could contribute to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the international community through the UN. These are now being evaluated and future objectives will move to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ms. Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, is the Administrator of the UN Development Program, the third most senior official at the UN and the key UN leader for implementation of the MDGs. The day she returned from an official visit to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, Secretary General Chris Tremewan met with her in the UN headquarters in New York on 19 February.
Ms. Clark expressed considerable interest in APRU’s work and possible synergies with UNDP’s work in the Asia-Pacific region which focuses on
She offered to assist APRU build relationships with the UNDP regional office in Bangkok and the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore.
Ms. Clark will attend the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in March at which APRU’s Tohoku University-based program hub on Multi-Hazards will host three panel discussions and will share the reults of its recent survey. APRU will participate in a panel discussion and highlight the benefits of regional collaboration in education and research.
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Twenty APRU members met in the US capital on 16 February to be updated on the 2015 agenda of activities and to exchange news about their own universities. Secretary General Chris Tremewan hosted the occasion within the annual conference of AIEA attended by 700 US and international senior international officers. Dr Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, AIEA, and Assistant Director Dafina Blacksher Diabate, joined the APRU meeting, welcomed APRU participants and expressed their hopes for closer collaboration.
Dr. Tremewan briefed APRU colleagues on highlights including the innovative program for the Presidential Retreat and Annual Meeting in Osaka, June 28-30. IPAC Co-chair, Dennis Galvan, outlined the work plan for the next IPAC meeting in Singapore March 5-6. Vice Provost Jeff Riedinger, University of Washington, spoke on UW’s proposal for an APRU Teaching and Learning Program which will be further developed by UW’s hosting of the Provosts’ Forum in 2016.
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APEC is on the lookout for young scientists whose collaborative research in the Asia-Pacific stands to revolutionise efforts to protect lives, livelihoods and the future of the global economy against the increasing threat posed by climate change.
Nominations are now open for the 2015 APEC Science for Innovation, Research and Education whose theme, Disaster Risk Reduction: Understanding the Role of Climate Change and Variability, spotlights the cross-border development of next generation technologies vital to helping economies adapt to changing natural conditions, strengthen environmental protection and build more resilient, sustainable communities.
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has won two awards at the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education, also known as the “Oscars” of innovation in higher education.
Prof Ting-chuen Pong, Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice-President and Provost (Teaching Innovation and e-Learning), and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering of HKUST, and his team won awards for their “Hong Kong Virtual University” program (HKVU), and the "Chemists Online" program under the HKVU initiative.
The HKVU program aims at creating a virtual campus for students around the world to study blended learning courses offered by universities in Hong Kong.
Prof Pong is also on the organzing committee of APRU's Chief Information Officers (CIO) and Education and Research Technology (ERT) Forums 2015 hosted by HKUST in January 2015.
Drawing inspiration from a prestigious and diverse membership around the dynamic Asia-Pacific region, APRU’s Senior Staff, vice-provosts, directors and other university leaders and administrators, met in Jakarta to review the past year and plan for 2015.
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Renowned Ageing Researchers in the Asia-Pacific region met at University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology from 14-17 September 2014 to discuss the rapid demographic changes and its impact among the Pacific Rim economies. USC’s Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett welcomed all participants in Los Angeles and stressed that ageing populations and its impact is of concern to all of us. Ageing populations are a challenge for politics and the society in each Pacific Rim economy. According to UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) the Pacific region hosts with Japan the oldest population in the world. In addition the region also hosts with Hong Kong the population with the lowest number of people under the age of 14 according to data of the World Bank. Other Pacific economies are not far behind like Korea, Singapore and also China is ageing on a fast track.
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The PKU-IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Peking University hosted the 5th APRU Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific (BMAP 2014) from August 28th to 30th, 2014 at Peking University. The organization committee chaired by Prof. Shihui Han invited 4 keynote speakers and 3 workshops.
Keynote speakers included Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg from University of Heidelberg, Germany, Keiji Tanaka from Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan, Yi Rao from Peking University, China, Shinobu Kitayama from University of Michigan, USA. The topics of keynote speeches and workshops covered multiple disciplines and topics such as neural mechanisms of mental disorders, cognitive genetics, and cultural neuroscience.
Over 140 participants from China, USA, Germany, UK, New Zealand, and others submitted 87 abstracts. Presentations and discussions promoted communication and exchange of new ideas and methods of brain research and led to possible cooperation in future. Please find further information below.
Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), an APRU member in Russia, hosted the 3rd APEC Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region on 25 September in Vladivostok. The conference was supported and co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and was attended by delegations from 10 APEC economies from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the U.S., in addition to Russia.
Other APRU members at the conference were Tohoku University and the University of Melbourne. Together with FEFU delegates, representatives of both institutions participated in the conference which stimulated a productive dialogue between governments and universities from across the region. APRU members contributed to the discussions on regional educational systems, coordination of educational policy and the proposed APEC Academic Mobility Card. Overall, the conference called for the promotion of academic mobility (students, researchers, providers) through short-term mobility programs, international student scholarships, scientific networks and the mapping of quality assessment systems across APEC economies, among others.
FEFU has also hosted past meetings since 2012 and is looking at hosting a fourth conference in 2015.
Government Chief Science Advisors from APEC member economies engaged with an APRU panel on “University Networks: A Resource for Chief Science Advisors” meeting in Auckland on 30 August 2014. The meeting was co-sponsored by APRU and Elsevier.
Chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb (formerly Vice- Chancellor of ANU and an APRU president), the panel included Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland, Professor Zukri Abdul Hamid, Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, APRU, and Dr. Brad Fenwick, Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Alliances, Elsevier.
Dr. Fenwick, Elsevier, stated, "It would be a lost opportunity for the emerging network of APEC Chief Science Advisors to not intersect with the well established network of leading APEC research universities who make up APRU."
The panel members each addressed how APRU could interact with the Chief Science Advisors and act as a resource within APEC. It was pointed out that APRU is the only non-government member of the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), which meets twice annually.
Dr. Tremewan drew attention to APRU’s origins in 1997 as a response by four leading research universities in California to the formation of APEC in order to provide policy advice to governments on higher education and research.
He said that three years ago APRU faced three challenges:
- How should it aggregate and leverage the extraordinary capability of its members into the public policy space?
- How should it respond to the increasing pressure for engagement from other international organisations to address global issues?
- How could it develop mechanisms that took account of the cross-disciplinary nature of the challenges the Asia-Pacific region faces?
Underlying these questions were the shifts in economic power, public investment in higher education and research, and public perceptions of ins...
APRU's newest initiative, Early Career Researchers (ECR) Network was launched at the 13th APRU Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) on 19 August 2014. APRU's Program Director for Global Leadership, Ms Cheryl Torrado gave an overview of the virtual network which aims to link early researchers and PhD students from multidisciplinary backgrounds to their peers, senior role models and potential research collaborators; and create a discussion platform on a vast range of topics and issues across different disciplines.
DSC participants representing 19 leading research universities were invited to join the online community on LinkedIn. This is in line with APRU's effort on assisting doctoral students in building relationships outside the DSC.
Interested faculty, researchers and doctoral students are invited to join the online community on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/APRU-Early-Career-Researchers-Network-6665208?home&gid=6665208&trk=anet_ug_hm.
The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University was hosting the 2nd APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School in Sendai from 22 to 25 July 2014. The summer school was titled: “Prepare for high-impact disasters: towards the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction”. The next UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNWCDRRR) will be held in Sendai in March 2015 to adopt a new global framework for action on disaster risk reduction.
At the four day summer school the 34 participants from 15 universities among the Pacific Rim were discussing the multi-disciplinary approach of disaster science and got practical policy insights from the community level to the the global level.
Dr John Green (Imperial College and Cambridge University) is a key leader in developing the Snowball Metrics which enable more accurate comparisons between research universities, better data within each institution on which to base investment decisions and which may develop into a global standard. UK and US universities are already engaged in joint development and research universities in Japan, Australia and NZ are also expressing interest. APRU is encouraging members to examine this model to see if it can benefit them.
Dr Green will be a keynote speaker at the APRU Provosts' Forum hosted by the University of Malaya, 3-5 November 2014. The following is a link to a recent article on Dr Green and Snowball Metrics: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/snowball-metrics-no-pinch-of-salt-needed/2014496.article
APRU elected its 7th chair, President C. L. Max Nikias of University of Southern California, at the 18th APRU Annual Presidents Meeting (APM 2014) held in Canberra, Australia. President Nikias takes over from Chancellor Henry Yang of UC Santa Barbara who has served two terms as chair of the association since 2010.
President Nikias said, “The greatest problems we face today are global and there is no doubt that the solutions will require the combined resources and intellectual might of our leading academic institutions. This is why the work we do as part of APRU is so important. I am honored that my peers have appointed me as the association’s Chairman and look forward to collaborating with all of APRU’s members to maintain the momentum of our collective efforts throughout my term.”
USC was one of four founding member universities when APRU was established in 1997. Back then, APRU’s founding chair, former USC President Steven Sample, together with the president and chancellors of Caltech, UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles, envisioned a premier alliance of leading research universities focused on the advancement of the Pacific Rim. APRU comes full circle with President Nikias’ leadership where he heads not only the association but its Steering Committee comprising members from China, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. The Steering Committee provides leadership and overall vision for the association and its strategic direction.
APRU today comprises 45 premier research universities in the Asia Pacific where member universities play an active and important role in shaping the policy environment for higher education and research, enhancing global leadership capabilities, and working with partners from government, business and international organizations on solutions to regional and global challenges.
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