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Partnering on Solutions to Asia-Pacific Challenges

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Under this thematic priority APRU is linking knowledge to action and research power to policy impact. APRU universities work together and with partners from government and business, international organizations, other universities, community leaders and funding bodies on solutions to regional and global challenges. By mobilising the people and the resources APRU is working to harness the collective research capabilities of its membership to foster regional scale partnerships to deliver locally relevant solutions. In addition, APRU Program Hubs allow members to gain value in areas of strategic interest by leveraging the collective research capabilities of APRU universities in a particular area to engage international funding agencies and influence regional public policy.

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Global Health

The APRU Global Health Program aims to leverage the global health education and research of Asia-Pacific universities to address global health issues through interaction with public policy and media. Since its launch in 2007-08, the program has covered a significant range of topics including emerging public health threats, ageing and chronic diseases, infectious diseases and health security issues. It has recently engaged academics, policy leaders, media specialists and communities on non-communicable diseases and on global health issues on campus. The APRU Global Health program hub is hosted by the University of Southern California Institute for Global Health and has an international Core Group and Program Manager coordinating the program. Zhejiang University and National Taiwan University will host meetings for the Global Health Program in the 2013 and 2014 respectively. Read more...

Governing the Internet Economy

Reflecting the growing importance of the Internet, the 2014 APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting agreed to work on a joint Initiative on “Governing the Internet Economy”. The goal is to bring the academic community in the region into stronger contact with other members of the multi-stakeholder community concerned with the future development of the Internet.   The Keio University International Center for the Internet & Society (KICIS) was selected to develop and coordinate APRU programs under this Initiative. Read more...


The APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Program builds upon the strengths of eight APRU Multi-hazards symposia over the past decade in countries spanning the Pacific Ring of Fire. The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University provides secretariat services as the regional program hub that will harness the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on disaster risk reduction and recovery, the sharing of strategies to cope with campus disaster risk management, and contribute to international policy making processes on disaster risk reduction. In particular, the Program focuses on better strategies to deal with low-frequency high impacts disasters. An international Core Group, comprising representatives from APRU universities oversee the program chaired by Professor Yuichi Ono and coordinated by Dr. Takako Izumi of Tohoku University. The Core Group are developing a plan of activities for the next three years, which include an annual summer school program hosted by the IRIDeS. In 2012, Tohoku University hosted the 8th Multi-Hazards Research symposium. National Taiwan University will host the 2013 Multi-Hazards Symposium with expressions of interest from the University of Chile for 2014. Read more...

Population Ageing

The range of demographic change is probably nowhere more diverse than among Pacific Rim economies. Japan has the oldest population in the world and its population number is declining. While Indonesia is one of the economies in the world with the youngest people and its population is increasing in numbers. China with its one-child-policy is facing a rapid aging of its population in the next 20-30 years. Also other Asian economies are facing a decline in fertility rates and its workforces are growing older. Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States attracted a lot of young migrants that influenced the demographic change in the respective economies and their home economies as well. Over a period of six years APRU member universities have hosted five research symposiums on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific to discuss the impact of population ageing and to share solutions from all other the Pacific Rim. In 2015 the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research and UNSW Australia implemented a new APRU Research Hub on Population Ageing to deepen the collaboration among junior and senior researchers on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific. The new program and hub will be launched at the next Research Symposium on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific at UNSW Australia, 27-30 September 2015. Read more...

Sustainability and Climate Change

The APRU Sustainability and Climate Change Program (SCC) aims to strengthen collaboration among Pacific Rim research universities to partner on solutions to issues of sustainability and climate change. Established in 2007 as the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies (CMAS), the program has since evolved into the SCC. Its previous work has focused on a range of key issues associated with integrated water management systems in major Pacific Rim coastal cities and the challenges posed by economic and population growth coupled with climate change. Its 5th meeting in 2010 at the University of Indonesia resulted in the establishment of the university’s Research Centre on Climate Change (http://rccc.ui.ac.id) who will host the 2013 SCC meeting on “Coastal Cities, Marine Resources and Climate Change in the Coral Triangle.” In 2012 the SCC produced a report to APRU University Presidents on the threats and responses to sea level rise for Pacific Rim universities. The SCC is partnered with the annual Regional Climate Change session of the Science and Technology in Society Forum (STS) in Kyoto, Japan. Read more...

Research Symposiums  

Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific

The APRU Research Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific (BMAP) was launched in 2006 at the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) of the University of Sydney. The enthusiasm by a number of APRU members has resulted in a decade-long commitment to host BMAP biennially until 2018. The initiative is supported by a core number of APRU member universities including University of Sydney, National University of Singapore, Seoul National University, Keio University, Peking University, University of Auckland and University of Oregon. One of the primary aims of this symposium series is to promote interdisciplinary brain and mind research in the Asia-Pacific and to bring together top researchers and clinicians in the field to share discoveries and explore potentially new areas of collaboration in neuroscience. Peking University will host the 2014 BMAP symposium. Read more...