Women, Gender, and Efforts for Equality: Comparative Asian-Western Perspectives Seminar, University of Hong Kong
APRU's APWiL program has been featured at the recent seminar on Women, Gender and Efforts for Equality held on 22 April at the University of Hong Kong. Dr Masako Egawa, inaugural Chair of the APWiL program (2013-2015) and former Executive Vice-President of the University of Tokyo (UT) reported on the key findings of the APRU Gender Gap Report, key APWiL activities and the status of women at UT. She joined the seminar's panel of distinguished speakers, faculty and researchers comprising men and women.
The seminar was co-organised by the University of Hong Kong's Department of History, School of Humanities, and Women's Studies Research Centre.
The seminar program can be downloaded here. More information on the event can be viewed here.
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IPAC meeting, Singapore 5-6 March 2015
(L-R) IPAC Co-Chair Prof Andrew Wee (National University of Singapore), Dr Christopher Tremewan (APRU Secretary General) and IPAC Co-Chair Prof Dennis Galvan (University of Oregon) leading the discussions.
IPAC’s meeting in Singapore in March 2015 followed up on the action points which came from the Senior Staff Meeting in Jakarta:
- Specify APRU’s value proposition
- Build an APRU-wide research dashboard, updated annually
- Publish and disseminate policy papers
- Streamline information flow between the Secretariat and members
- Establish evaluation criteria for programs
- Develop a database on member engagement
- Engage with NGOs relevant to APRU’s programs
- Ensure a successful APM in Osaka in June 2015 and a more interactive Senior Staff Meeting in Auckland in September 2015
The International Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC) provides leadership from the APRU Senior Staff by advising the Secretary General on ensuring activities align with strategy, on overall program initiation, management and evaluation, on communications with members and on preparations for the Annual Presidents’ Meeting.
In his report to IPAC, Secretary General Christopher Tremewan stressed APRU’s ambition to identify new steps which re-shape global thinking and action, to propose new ideas and to offer leadership through engagement.
The Secretariat had been implementing the Strategic Framework through
- Program review & development
- Strengthening deliberative structures
- Fitting organisation to the strategy
- Identifying new models for engagement
- Establishing new international partnerships
- Improving communications and relationship management
Dr Tremewan stated that APRU was now moving into a phase of reviewing progress and focusing on key priorities. The total portfoli...
APRU-APAIE Joint Session at APAIE Conference 2015, Beijing
(L-R) Professor Katsuichi Uchida of APAIE and Dr Christopher Tremewan of APRU co-chairing and speaking at the APRU-APAIE joint session.
On 25 March, at a major conference in Beijing, APRU Secretary General Christopher Tremewan floated the proposition that more value could be realised by cross-breeding two species of international networks: networks focused on international education, such as APAIE, and networks of research universities, such as APRU. He outlined the areas where cooperation would bring benefits to both ‘species’. These included:
- Student mobility related to global challenges
- Professional development
- Improving the student experience
- Research on internationalization e.g. in employment, new collaborative models for universities
- Policy influence e.g. bringing expertise to bear in APEC and UN bodies
Dr Tremewan observed that, as a foundation board member of APAIE, he was confident it had a clear role to fulfil on international education in the Asia-Pacific region and noted that most of the APAIE Board come from APRU member universities. Together, they could have a strong impact as the major Asia-Pacific regional organisations in higher education.
In his address to the same conference session, Professor Katsuichi Uchida, President of APAIE, and formerly APRU Senior Staff for Waseda University, expressed his agreement with this approach of being clear about the distinctive yet complementary objectives of the different organisations while seeking greater collaboration. He advocated joint attention to policies on international students, to mobility and to capacity-building in developing countries where global issues have greatest impact. He spoke about APAIE’s track record in convening one of the Asia Pacific’s largest international education conferences and possible partnerships which could add value for members. He noted that a number of APRU members were either already in APAIE leader...
Professor Yi Xie has been awarded this year's L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2015, Laureate for Asia-Pacific at a ceremony held on 18 March in Paris. A professor of chemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Professor Yi is among the top women researchers honored for their ground-breaking discoveries in the field of science.
Launched 1998, the annual L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards honors five outstanding women scientists – one per continent – for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society.
USTC is one of China's leading universities and a charter member of APRU since 1997. USTC was established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1958.
Last year's award for Asia-Pacific was also given to professor from an APRU member university, Professor Kayo Inaba of Kyoto University.
Sixteen member universities convened to discuss issues on gender gap at the APRU Asia-Pacific Women and Leadership (APWiL) Workshop 2015 from 9 to 11 March. The international workshop was hosted by the University of Auckland in New Zealand and supported by Elsevier. The host university welcomed participants at the university's cultural heritage landmark, the Waipapa Marae, whereby participants engaged in Powhiri, a Māori welcoming ceremony.
The overview on the state of the gender gap in Asia-Pacific higher education on 10 March elicited dynamic discussions on building the pipeline and the nurturing of talent in universities. Professor Jenny Dixon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) at the University of Auckland (UoA) and Professor Ann Brewer, Dean of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Sydney lead the discussions followed by case study presentations from UoA and the Australian National University. In addition, the workshop featured presentations on women's experiences in universities, identifying points of gender gap intervention and upskilling of universities for capacity building. These presentations included case studies from Tohoku University, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the University of Malaya, in addition to UoA.
Read more here.
Keio University’s International Center for the Internet and Society brought together top Asia-Pacific leaders from the business world, top academic researchers and senior officials in Tokyo for an off-the-record exchange of views on the key issues for the future of the internet. Researchers from 17 APRU universities attended.
Click here to view photographs from the meeting.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science offers research opportunities through fellowships, collaborations and other schemes which can be taken up by APRU member universities. Professor Kunio Takeyasu, Director of JSPS London, and a former well-known APRU Senior Staff from Kyoto University, informed Secretary General Tremewan of these possibilities when he visited. He also met Deputy Director Matsumoto (from Tokyo University) and other staff members seconded from Keio, Tokyo and other universities as well as MEXT (Ministry of Education). For more information on fellowships and funding see: www.jsps.org
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.
For more information on the United Nations Development Programme, please click here.
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.
For more information please visit: http://www.apec.org/aspire
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.