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  • APRU launches a virtual network for early career researchers
    APRU launches a virtual network for early career researchers

    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.

  • 2nd APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School: towards the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reductio
    2nd APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School: towards the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reductio

    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.

  • APRU Global Health Program Newsletter Issue #3
  • IPAC (International Policy Advisory Committee)
    IPAC (International Policy Advisory Committee)

    APRU’s International Policy Advisory Committee met in Singapore 21-22 March chaired by Professor Lily Kong, Vice President, National University of Singapore and Professor Bill Lacy, Vice-Provost, UC Davis.

    IPAC consists of ten senior faculty members of APRU institutions who meet to evaluate APRU’s programs, take an overview of the total range of activities and their fit with the Strategic Framework and resources available, and advise on the planning cycle and future initiatives. The outcomes of this meeting are shared with all APRU Senior Staff to assist their engagement and also their preparation for the Annual Presidents’ Meeting.

    This was the last IPAC meeting for both co-chairs who move to new responsibilities in their respective universities. IPAC members and the APRU Secretariat expressed their gratitude for their leadership.

  • Visit by APRU Vice-Chair
    Visit by APRU Vice-Chair

    Dr C L Max Nikias, President of USC and Vice-Chairman of APRU, visited the APRU Secretariat in Singapore on 25 February, 2014, during his visit to Singapore and Indonesia.

  • North American Consultative Meeting at UC Davis
    North American Consultative Meeting at UC Davis


    Hosted by UC Davis and Vice Provost Bill Lacy on their campus 20-21 February, 2014, APRU held a North American Consultative Meeting of the Vice-Provosts/ Deans/ Senior International Officers of its North American members.

    Twenty participants were represented:

    - Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
    - UC Davis
    - UC San Diego
    - UC Santa Barbara
    - University of Hawai’i at Manoa
    - University of Oregon
    -  University of Southern California
    - University of Washington

    The meeting took an overview of the APRU strategic framework and its activities under the three thematic priorities in order to evaluate how North American members may wish to strengthen their engagement. Meeting recommendations and action items included: 

    - Tracking institutional participation across APRU activities
    - Communications – the need for a comprehensive communications program focused on branding and marketing
    - Collaboration with other international organisations
    - Fund-raising
    - Strengthening Program Hubs on Multi-hazards, Global Health, Sustainability and Climate Change
    - Increasing collaboration on summer programs, internships, service learning

    New topics of interest: Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership, science education, intellectual property principles, projects in humanities and the arts, university research museums.

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