Annual Presidents Meeting
The Annual Presidents Meeting (APM) is the centerpiece of APRU’s calendar of events. Leaders of APRU member universities meet to interact on issues relating to higher education and to the future of the consortium. The event usually takes place over two and a half days, beginning with a welcome dinner, and encompassing an APRU Forum which may include keynote speeches, discussion forums, and panel and group discussions. There is also a half day set aside for the APRU Business Meeting where there is a review of the overall direction and implementation of APRU’s policies and initiatives. Host universities typically provide all meals and two-way airport transfers for guests, as well as social activities and/or workshops for participants’ spouses. The APM usually takes place in June.
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The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) will be hosting the 21st Annual Presidents' Meeting and Presidential Retreat (APM) in Sydney from 25 to 27 June 2017. This significant meeting commemorates APRU’s 20th anniversary since its inception in 1997.
The Secretariat is now working closely with UNSW Sydney on the programme as well as details of registration and hotel reservation. Further information will be ready in January 2017 and we will keep you posted on the progress.
Collaborating across borders to resolve societies’ most pressing challenges
APRU Presidential Retreat and 20th Annual Presidents Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, 26-28 June 2016
- APRU Impact Report Launched
- Leading Economists Highlight International Shifts
- Presidential Statement On Gender Equity And Diversity
- UCLA Chancellor Takes Over As Chair Of APRU
- Presidential Retreat: Presidents Exchange Views On Common Challenges
- APRU’s Directions
- University of Malaya– The Perfect Host
The APRU Impact Report 2016 provides for the first time the evidence base for the contribution of leading research universities to the Asia-Pacific’s most pressing challenges and to the social and economic well-being of societies. This report provides an overview of the expertise of APRU’s member universities and the current state of play regarding international collaboration in key fields of research and education. It does this through contextual data, research metrics and case studies.
(Photo: University of Malaya)
President Tony Chan, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), demonstrated how APRU presidents could employ the report on the public policy front, for instance, as a useful piece of resource to inform government agencies, such as the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, on the contribution of research universities on resolving societies’ most pressing challenges, whilst advocating for further investment in research.
(Photo: University of Malaya)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International) Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, University of Malaya (UM), spoke about UM’s contribution to society by highlighting two cases in the report. They were case study 9: UM’s Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS’ (CERIA) needle exchange and methadone programme efforts reduced the spread of HIV epidemics driven by drug injection; and case study 21: UM’s Centre for Separation Science and Technology’s (CSST) built a mobile ultrafiltration system which supplied clean water to disaster victims.
(Photo: University of Malaya)
Dr Brad Fenwick, Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Alliances, Elsevier, and APRU Senior Advisor, stated that the report provided tangible and direct evidence of the high calibre impact that APRU institutions have made through international collaboration among member universities.
Presidents emphasise APRU’s role of international advocacy
APRU Presidential Retreat and 19th Annual Presidents Meeting
Osaka University, 28-30 June 2015
The APRU Presidential Retreat and 19th Annual Presidential Meeting, Osaka.
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“Government and industry across APEC economies are increasingly looking to leading research universities for a number of challenging issues such as global health, multi-hazards and risk management, climate change and sustainability, population ageing and gender equity, among others. As APRU moves to a more international role of advocacy, the Annual Presidents Meeting is the stage for APRU presidents to discuss these issues and share new ideas for the future.”
- APRU Chairman, President C.L. Max Nikias, University of Southern California
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Photo courtesy of ANU
General information on APM 2014
Information on Canberra, Australia and Canberra Hyatt Hotel
- Panel on Higher Education in Australia
- Big Data and The Shape of Things to Come
- Presidents Open Forum
- APRU Future Initiatives
- Invitation to 19th Annual Presidents Meeting 2015 (PPT file) Download: Video (.mp4)
How can APRU universities contribute to the processes that shape the future of research universities in the Asia Pacific? Under APM 2013's overarching theme "Partnering on Education, Research and Innovation for Pacific Rim Challenges", a series of panel sessions at the meeting that included speakers from the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Elsevier and the Governor of Primorsky Krai of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Miklushevsky, addressed the future development and growth prospects of Northeast Asia and Russia, university engagement with regional communities and translating knowledge to policy.
This year's APM hosted by the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in Vladivostok, Russia was attended by 15 presidents and 30 universities. APRU presidents also endorsed APRU's thematic priorities in Shaping Asia-Pacific Higher Education and Research, Creating Asia-Pacific Global Leaders and Partnering on Solutions to Asia-Pacific Challenges with key developments in the Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) and APRU-Chile Equity initiatives and the APRU-Tohoku Multi-hazards Program.
APRU presidents also agreed that APRU was well-positioned to play a role as a "collective expert" and partner for regional organizations in higher education, sharing the vision that closer collaboration in areas of education, research and innovation was possible and should be pursued.
A message from FEFU's Rector, Dr. Sergey Ivanets, a former Deputy Minister of Science and Education, on this occasion is given below.