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.