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APRU Presidents in US and Canada Respond to Executive Order

APRU members in the United States (US) and Canada are deeply concerned about the recent US Presidential Executive Order on immigration.

Below are statements made by these APRU members in response to this policy. This list is not all-inclusive and is being updated on a regular basis.  

California Institute of Technology
President Thomas F. Rosenbaum’s statement on the Executive Order

Stanford University
Stanford’s support for our international and undocumented community

University of British Columbia
UBC Statement in Response to U.S. Executive Order

University of California
UC Office of the President Statement on President Trump's Executive Order (signed by all University of California presidents/chancellors)
Guidance for the UC Community on the Executive Order Affecting Visa Processes and Entry into the United States

University of California, Berkeley
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks' Statement Regarding Federal Executive Order Restricting Immigration

University of California, Davis
Chancellor Ralph Hexter Statement: ‘We Embrace Scholars and Workers of All Backgrounds and Ideals
UC Davis Global Affairs website

University of California, Irvine
Chancellor Howard Gillman's Guidance on the Executive Order Affecting Visa Processes and Entry into the United States

University of California, Los Angeles
Message from Chancellor Gene Block, APRU Chair, and EVC Scott Waugh on Immigration Executive Order

University of California, Santa Barbara
‘We Stand Ready to Help’: A message from Chancellor Henry T. Yang on the executive order restricting immigration

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
UH Keeping Close Watch on Impact of U.S. Travel Restrictions

University of Oregon
President Michael H. Schill and Provost Scott Coltrane Joint Letter: UO Values Global Engagement and Our International Scholars

University of Southern California
Supporting Our International Community

University of Washington
President Ana Marie Cauce's Message: Supporting Our International Scholars and Students


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06 February 2017
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APRU Global Health Publication on the Atlas of Science

APRU Global Health (GH) Program’s research entitled “Training the next generation of global health leaders in the Pacific Rim” was published on the Atlas of Science, signaling the growing importance of research in the area of public health in Pacific Rim communities.

Through interaction with public policy and media, the APRU GH Program, led by Dr Mellissa Withers at the USC Institute for Global Health, aims to leverage the global health education and research of Asia-Pacific universities to address global health issues.

Click here to view the full article on the Atlas of Science.

27 January 2017
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APRU China Roundtable Meeting

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The International Secretariat hosted a roundtable for APRU’s China members on 9-10 January 2017. The discussion was most helpful in celebrating APRU’s headquarters location in China and in setting out ways in which the organisation can bring more value to its China members.


Ms Ann TANG, Deputy Director, Foreign Affairs Office, Fudan University
Dr Eden WOON, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, HKUST
Dr Timothy SZE, Head of Mainland Affairs, HKUST
Prof PU Lijie, Associate Vice President, Nanjing University
Mrs XU Xin, Deputy Section Chief for International Exchange, Nanjing University
Dr XIA Hongwei, Director, Office of International Relations, Peking University
Mr ZHANG Jian, Assistant Dean (Global partnerships, International Office), Tsinghua University
Mr XIA Guangzhi, Associate Dean, External & Public Relations and Information Services, Tsinghua University Graduate School at Shenzhen
Prof John KAO, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global), The University of Hong Kong
Mr JIANG Jiajie, Vice Director, Office of International Cooperation, University of Science and Technology of China
Prof LI Min, Deputy Director, Office of International Relations, Zhejiang University
Dr Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, APRU International Secretariat
Mr Keith Wong, Director, APRU International Secretariat
Ms Christina Schönleber, Deputy Director, APRU International Secretariat
Mr Daniel Liew, Honorary General Council, APRU International Secretariat
Ms Florence Chan, Office Manager/EA to Secretary General, APRU International Secretariat

18 January 2017
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(L-R) Keith Wong (APRU) signing the MOU with Prof Biao Jiang (CAS).

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the cooperation in science, technology and innovation between the Innovation Cooperation Centre (Bangkok), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS-ICC) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) was signed today by Prof Biao Jiang, Vice President of Shanghai Advanced Research Institute and Mr Keith Wong, Director (APRU International Secretariat).

APRU and the CAS-ICC recognize the importance of strengthening the cooperation and partnership between the two organizations based on the recent global and regional development, particularly the One Belt One Road Initiative incorporating the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road proposed by China.

“APRU is looking forward to discuss opportunities for cooperation which are mutually beneficial to CAS-ICC and our members”, said Dr Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General. Some opportunities include the development of exchange opportunities for scholars and students for training and scholarly activities and networking, promotion and implementation of joint research and development projects.

Both organizations will discuss and establish cooperative mechanisms to support joint capacity building and identify areas and proposal for future cooperation.

CAS and APRU delegates at the MOU signing ceremony.

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS):
Prof Biao JIANG, Vice President of Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) – Head of delegation
Dr ZongHai WANG, Director of the Incubation Centre, SARI, CAS;
Dr JunWei WANG, Deputy Director of Innovation Cooperation Centre (Bangkok), CAS;
Dr ZiFeng YANG, Project Overseer of the APEC PO Office, CAS

Dr Christopher TREMEWAN, Secretary General, APRU
Mr Keith WONG, Director (International Secretariat), APRU
Ms Christina SCHÖNLEBER, Deputy Director, APRU

For further details, please contact:
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18 January 2017
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Can looking at art make for better doctors?

(Photo: Jodie Hutchinson)

Can looking at art make for better doctors
By Heather Gaunt
Curator of Academic Programs at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

In 1984, artist Jon Cattapan’s sister Adriana died in a car accident. His painting, titled Sister, and some accompanying drawings, were a response to this tragedy. Sister depicts a grey-shrouded body lying on a bright red structure. Behind it are five figures in two separate groups. One represents living relatives and friends; the other, the spiritual world.

Sister’s distorted figures reflect Cattapan’s interest in primitivism and animism. Its colours and twisted forms project his anguish, and express the heightened intensity of the state of grieving. Cattapan has written about the disorientation experienced in grieving and also how the “topsy-turvy” space in all the Sister images represents his sister’s schizophrenia.

One day, a few months ago, a group of third year medical students spent a long time looking at these works, which were on display at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University.

They were encouraged by the Museum’s Academic Programs Curator to describe aspects of the painting as objectively as possible - its style, colours, content. Then they began to share their personal interpretations of the narrative.

Read full article at The Conversation

22 December 2016
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Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network Meeting 2017

Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network Meeting 2017
20 – 22 February 2016, University of Hong Kong

The second APRI Network Meeting 2017 is co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong and the University of California, San Diego and will be held in Hong Kong from the 20 - 22 February.

Research by scientists, engineers, and other scholars is essential to the future of our communities, but the integrity of research is increasingly challenged by misconduct, misinformation, and inadequate training and mentoring. To meet these challenges, leaders from many nations have created the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network.

16 December 2016
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