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.
APRU provides the international architecture linking leading universities on the Pacific Rim and among the dynamic APEC ec...
The 18th APRU Annual Presidents Meeting (APM) held in Canberra, Australia provided a platform for APRU presidents to discuss the issue of gender gap in higher education. At the Presidents Open Forum on 25 June, Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon of the University of Auckland shared the University’s strategies in promoting gender equity and in providing equal opportunities for both men and women. These included support systems for both parents working at the university, childcare, promoting STEM education, networking, mentoring and research on gender issues, among others.
On 26 June, Professor Mayumi Ishikawa of Osaka University gave a progress report on the APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Program (APWiL). The presentation was made on behalf of Executive Vice-President Masako Egawa of the University of Tokyo and current chair of the APWiL program. A key highlight of the report was the upcoming APWiL workshops in 2014-16 which attest to the overall support of APRU members for the program since it was adopted in 2013. In addition to the report, a call for action was also made at the meeting. APRU members were encouraged to further support the program by: 1) allocating resources to engage in activities that address the gender gap and other related issues at member institutions; 2) appointing faculty (preferably a man and a woman) to spearhead such activities; or 3) hosting local, regional or APRU international workshops on this issue.
APWiL aims to enhance the institutional competitiveness of APRU universities by promoting gender equity and advancing the participation of women in academic leadership and research.
More information on APWiL is available at http://apru.org/creating-global-leaders/asia-pacific-women-in-leadership and information on the 18th APRU APM is available at http://apru.org/governance-meetings/annual-presidents-meeting....
APRU was among the international university networks represented at the APEC University Associations Cross-Border Education Cooperation Workshop. Organised by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, the workshop was held from 20 to 22 May in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 3-day workshop brought together education ministries, universities and university associations from APEC economies to share information and experiences, gather and canvass ideas, and collaborate on cross-border education (CBE) cooperation. It also featured presentations and discussions on enhancing the mobility of students, researchers, educational providers and cross-border education without movement (i.e. virtual mobility). Workshop delegates examined various ways to progress priority areas identified by APEC leaders for enhancing mobility in higher education and discussed engagement within their respective economies.
APRU’s Program Director for Global Leadership, Cheryl Torrado (2nd row, 3rd from the right) spoke at a panel on how university networks like APRU enhance mobility across institutions, and drive the ‘mobility of knowledge’ through research collaborations. The University of Malaya, the University of Sydney and Waseda University were also represented at the meeting.
The workshop also identified potential initiatives and projects that might be undertaken by APEC economies. Potential projects of interest to APRU universities are shared resources and facilities for enhancing mobility, a central database on available research funding and a mobility scheme for female researchers. These proposals and other recommendations will be presented to APEC’s Education Network under the Human Resources Development Working Group.
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The 3rd meeting of APEC-PPSTI and the first under China’s chairmanship of APEC this year met 9-11 April in Changzhou, China. APRU was represented at the meeting by its Treasurer and Director (Secretariat) Margaret Leong.
The APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) supports the development of science and technology cooperation and effective innovation policy in APEC economies. It serves as APEC’s primary forum to engage government, private sector and academia in joint scientific research.
On behalf of Prof John Rundle of UC Davis, who is a core group member of APRU’s Multi-hazards Program and Director of the APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation (ACES), Director (Secretariat) Margaret Leong gave a presentation re-introducing ACES to APEC and which proposed closer links between ACES, APEC’s PPSTI and Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), and APRU’s Multi-hazards Program whose hub is established at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS). The proposal was endorsed at the meeting.
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.
The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education was founded by Korea University along with several other APRU members (National University of Singapore, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Auckland) and others. It is now the leading organization in the region for Asia-Pacific international educators and holds a large annual conference and exhibition. This year it was held 17-19 March in Seoul and hosted by 14 Korean universities.
The new President of APAIE is Professor Katsuichi Uchida, Vice President, Waseda University, and the Vice-President is Professor Sue Elliott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne, both APRU members. Dr Chris Tremewan presented at a panel session on Collaboration and Internationalization. His co-presenters were Prof John Hearn, Executive Director, Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), and Mr Iain Watt, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Western Australia.
APRU hopes to deepen its collaboration with APAIE in the years ahead rather than to develop its own programs in international education.
Further information: http://www.apaie.org/conference/2014/program/
The Second Annual PCSI Forum was held in Manila, Philippines, March 11-13, 2014 on the above theme. It brought together an invitation-only group of urban sustainability experts from across the Philippines, North America, and Asia for a high- level dialogue to explore promising new approaches to creating cities that are both livable and resilient, in Manila and beyond. This year’s Forum looked at a number of critical issue areas, including governance and public sector preparedness, resilient infrastructure, community networks, civic participation, public-private partnerships, long-range planning, and housing and access.
The Forum provides a platform for an action-oriented exchange of best practices and lessons learned. It brought together a wide range of government representatives and global experts from urban planning, civil society, the private sector, and academia.
APRU relates to the PCSI through its Sustainability and Climate Change Program. Dr Richard Drobnick, APRU Senior Strategic Adviser, plays a leading role in the PCSI from his current position in the Marshall School of Business at USC. He and Dr Chris Tremewan, Secretary General, represented APRU at the Forum.
Further information: http://sites.asiasociety.org/PCSI/
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