It is my great pleasure to serve as chair of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. We at UCLA are extremely proud to have been a founding member of the APRU in 1997 and prouder still that, two decades later, we enjoy meaningful strategic partnerships with other leading institutions of higher education throughout our region. It is especially gratifying that our collaboration and cooperation through APRU is leading directly to discoveries and advances that are improving countless lives. By fostering cross-disciplinary research partnerships, we have already made great strides in addressing issues of regional and global relevance — including reducing the risk of and impact from disasters, improving global health and empowering women — and we look forward to even greater advances on the horizon.
The universities that make up the APRU are beacons for some of the world’s most outstanding scholars in areas from neurosurgery and neurology to evolutionary biology and nanoscience. By enabling collaboration among them in these and numerous other fields, we have created a hub for innovation that has the power to transform communities and shape policy and industry throughout the Pacific Rim and globally. Together, we will continue to harness our institutions’ shared strengths and capabilities to generate knowledge and understanding that will continue to resonate for generations to come.
APRU links knowledge to action, learning to opportunity, research power to policy impact. We connect the capabilities of leading Asia-Pacific universities to real world solutions. Through APRU, people and institutions act together for the common good in ways they cannot do otherwise. If you want to shape strong, high quality university education which leads the world, if you are inspired by creating global leaders, women and men from a wide diversity of nations, and if you want to partner with us on solutions to Asia-Pacific challenges, then work with us. APRU provides the international architecture linking leading universities on the Pacific Rim and among the dynamic APEC economies. We aspire to serve our societies and to bring knowledge to bear on urgent challenges to their well-being. Look at our website, see what we do as a knowledge action network and join with us in making a difference.