— By Chakris Kussalanant, Office of International Affairs, University of Oregon
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities has chosen the UO to host the new APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Research Hub, a clearinghouse for collaborative research and innovative solutions in urban development with a focus on city-landscape interactions.
The association is a network of 45 leading research universities in the Asia-Pacific region. The universities span 17 economies, building international cooperation, fostering talent, contributing to social and economic advancement and developing new knowledge on the major challenges facing the region.
“As an international leader in sustainable urban design and landscape planning, the UO is an ideal home for the hub,” said Christoph Lindner, dean of the College of Design.
The new hub is managed at the UO with support from the eight other universities that make up the steering committee: the Australian National University; National Taiwan University; Tsinghua University, China; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Chile; University of Hong Kong; University of New South Wales, Australia; and University of Washington.
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APRU Research Experts say APEC Economies Must Build Educated and Mobile Workforces to Offset the Negative Impact of Aging Populations
(L-R) Rafal Chomik (Senior Research Fellow, CEPAR, UNSW Sydney) Christina Schönleber (Deputy Director (APRU International Secretariat)), John Piggot (Scientia Professor, Director, CEPAR, UNSW Sydney and APRU Population Ageing Research Hub Chair) and Albert Park (Professor of Economics, HKUST and APRU Population Ageing Research Steering Group Member).
Member economies of the APEC Forum need to do a lot more to promote economic growth to combat population ageing, according to a paper presented at the Workshop on the Development of an APEC Labor Mobility Framework in Nha Trang, Viet Nam on February 18.
Representatives from APEC member economies and global experts convened at the Workshop in Viet Nam to share views on the diverse factors which affect mobility of labor and skills in the region and to develop a way forward for the general APEC membership.
The report by APRU experts Rafal Chomik, John Piggottand Peter McDonald, which was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Employment to APRU, aims to influence a regional framework on labor mobility issues. The report suggests that cooperation in migration policy, education, and technology transfer would allow emerging economies within APEC to increase rates of growth, countering the “headwinds” of population aging.
APRU held a session on 21 February at the AIEA Conference 2017 on the evidence base for the impact of research universities on global issues. Entitled ‘The Dynamic Diversity of the Asia-Pacific’, the session facilitated a discussion on strategies for demonstrating universities contribution to society and the value of networks as a mechanism for doing this. A broader view of internationalization was argued for and the APRU Impact Report explained and debated. Prof Cindy Fan, UCLA, Prof Dennis Galvan, University of Oregon and Dr Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General gave presentations at the session.
Professor Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, UCLA and APRU IPAC Co-chair and Secretary General Christopher Tremewan hosted APRU delegates attending the 2017 AIEA Annual Conference to a breakfast meeting on 20 February.
The News Update and APRU Calendar of Activities for 2017 is attached.