Ear to Asia is an exciting interview-style podcast (hosted by ABC broadcaster Sen Lam) which engages listeners in in-depth conversations with Asia Institute's academic staff and their research. From Japan to Turkey, from China to Indonesia, and to many places in between, Ear to Asia talks with researchers who focus on Asia -- in all its diversity of peoples, societies and histories.
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“Global Health LIVE!” is a graduate seminar for students from universities around the world, including USC, University of California, Irvine; National Taiwan University; and University of Tokyo. First offered in Fall 2015, the course extends global health theory to global health practice, and features renowned global health leaders as guest lecturers to discuss their challenges and successes in the field. The course is taught by Drs. Shubha Kumar and Mellissa Withers.
Global Health LIVE! extends global health theory to global health practice. Over the course of 10 weeks students from universities around the world attend live sessions simultaneously for two hours via live video using Google Hangouts.
Past guest lecturers included Hans Rosling, Purnima Mane, Al Somer, Larry Gostin and more. Students interacted with the lecturers and each other in teams. One major assignment requires students to work in groups to create videos on global health leadership topics. View the 2015 video projects »
Preventive Medicine 568: Ethical Issues in Global Health
Beginning in Fall 2016 a new online global health ethics course taught by Drs. Shubha Kumar and Mellissa Withers is bringing five APRU universities together for a virtual classroom experience in global health ethics. Students from USC, Osaka University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the University of the Philippines will participate simultaneously each week for 11 weeks. This online graduate-level seminar course will introduce students to some of the major ethical challenges in conducting global health research and practice using case studies on a range of topics including organ transplantation, clinical trials in developing countries, assisted reproductive technologies, and many more. Learn more »
APRU Multi-Hazards Program Core Group contributes to the first UNISDR Asia Science and Technology Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
23-24 August 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction was organised by the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII) of the Royal Thai Government and UNISDR Asia-Pacific office, in collaboration and support of Asian Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and other scientific organisations and networks.
This conference brought together key DRR policy-makers and representatives of key scientific organisations from Asian countries to discuss on strengthening the science-policy interface towards science based DRR policy development. APRU was represented by three Multi-Hazards Core Group members:
Prof. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, Advisor to the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) spoke about “Integrated research bridging science and society through transdisciplinary approach”.
Prof. Supot Teachavorasinskun, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University shared his experience through his presentation “The impact of investment in disaster risk reduction based on the assessment on economic growth, safety and wellbeing of the general public”.
Dr Takako Izumi who is the APRU Multi-Hazards Program Coordinator and from the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University summarised the presentations and discussions made under Session 2 and reported to the audience. She also played a key role to the preparation of this conference from the initial stage as an ASTAAG member by sharing her inputs on the program, speakers and draft outcome document.
The key recommendations and messages from this two-day dialogue will feed in to the discussions at the succeeding Asian Science Conference in Bangkok and subsequently at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016 in New Delhi.
New report reveals the impact of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities on the region’s greatest challenges
By Brad Fenwick, DVM, PhD
Anyone who has flown from the west coast of the United States to Asia knows the vast expanse of the Asia Pacific region. Rich in natural resources, it spans about a third of the Earth’s surface and is home to the world’s most influential economic centers as well as the 45 prestigious research institutions that make up the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).
During the past two decades, events of both natural and manmade origins have had devastating impacts on the region. Such tumult was the impetus behind the APRU Impact Report 2016, a comprehensive study of comparative data and case studies demonstrating the impact of the work of APRU’s member universities on their societies and the region’s challenges.
In-depth analysis in the 70-page report draws extensively on research metrics provided by Elsevier. It includes more than two dozen case studies and graphics about critical global issues such as health and infectious disease, investment in education and workforce readiness, environmental changes and disaster preparedness, population demographics, global religions, exports and trade.
The report’s findings were presented by APRU Secretary General Dr. Christopher Tremewan at the APRU Annual Presidents Meeting 2016 at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Mayasia. It is the first phase of a three-year pilot project intended to provide data and analysis of use to regional policymakers on ways to develop the region’s economies in a sustainable way.
One area of focus is the volatility of the region’s geologic composition, which has caused devastating tsunamis, floods and other natural disasters. It is estimated that 90 percent of all earthquakes occur along the “Ring of Fire,” where 75 percent of the Earth’s active volcanoes are located.
During the past decade, the region has incurred more than $1.7 trillion in economic damage affecting 2.9 billion people, according to estimates from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Much of the increasing impact of such disasters can be attributed to the region’s growing urbanization; it is home to some of the world’s most densely populated cities, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Taipei. The Philippines, with its capital city Manila, is often regarded as the most densely populated city in the world with 41,515 people per square kilometer, and has been identified as the most at-risk nation on the planet by the United Nations. Safer and more resilient infrastructure and more effective early warning systems will be key to minimizing the impact of future catastrophes upon the area’s inhabitants, according to the impact report.
Several APRU universities are collaborating on ways to mitigate the impact of such disasters as part of the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). For example, a partnership between Tohoku University, National Taiwan University and the University of California’s Davis and Irvine campuses has resulted in an operational prototype of a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) early warning system for tsunamis. Deployment of additional GNSS stations and satellites at test locations on the Pacific Rim support the development of data sharing agreements among partners. The report details research case studies from Tohoku University, University of the Philippines, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, UC Davis and the University of Malaya on how the Multi-Hazards program has succeeded in enhancing disaster preparedness by improving critical dialogue between research communities, area governments, industry and civil society. They are focusing on developing disaster risk assessment methodologies and models and using traditional, indigenous and local knowledge and practices to complement scientific knowledge.
The area’s challenges are expected to grow during the 21st century as greater demands are made on the region’s environment and limited resources, but those involved hope that enhanced cooperation and collaboration among the region’s universities will continue to lead to solutions. “No single nation can solve the cross-border issues that confront them,” said Dr. Tremewan. “The value of international collaboration is crucial, and APRU is an ideal platform to facilitate the interdisciplinary research and partnerships required to find solutions to critical challenges facing the region.”
For Immediate Release
New Report Demonstrates Critical Role of Research Universities
In Solving Asia-Pacific Challenges
Note to editors: A copy of the report can be downloaded at the link provided in this press release. You will find the data useful for stories on sustainability, climate change, urban development, health, Pacific Rim natural disasters, higher education investment and Asia-Pacific economic growth. Jpegs of the graphics in the report are available upon request.
Hong Kong, 19 August, 2016 – The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) has released the APRU Impact Report 2016, a comprehensive study of comparative data and case studies demonstrating the value and impact of the work of the 45 APRU member universities, on their societies and the challenges of the region.
In-depth analysis and more than two dozen case studies and graphics about critical global issues are featured covering health, infectious diseases, investment in education and workforce readiness, environmental changes and disaster preparedness, population demographics, global religions, exports and trade. It is the first phase of a three-year pilot project that identifies information and analyses that will be useful to policymakers considering policy options arising from the region’s opportunities and risks.
One particular area of focus in the Report details how APRU’s Multi-Hazards Program led from the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and other member universities across the Asia-Pacific, are collaborating to build safer and more resilient societies on the ‘Ring of Fire’ which are susceptible to tsunami, floods, earthquakes and volcanic activity. Through education and research, the Multi-Hazards program has succeeded in enhancing disaster preparedness measures on campuses and improving dialogue with governments, industry and civil society. These efforts are instrumental to the implementation of the Sendai Framework, which was adopted at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015.
Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General, presented the findings of the Impact Report at the recent APRU Annual Presidents Meeting, in Kuala Lumpur. “No single nation can solve the cross-border issues that confront them, said Dr.Tremewan. “The value of international collaboration is crucial, and APRU is an ideal platform to facilitate the interdisciplinary research and partnerships required to find the solutions to the critical challenges of the region.”
The APRU Impact Report draws extensively on research metrics provided by data partner Elsevier, one of the world’s largest data companies and publishers
Download the report at http://apru.org/press/news/item/660-apru-impact-report-2016.
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The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is an international network of 45 leading research universities from 17 APEC economies.
APRU was established in 1997 by the presidents of the California Institute of Technology (Thomas Everhart), the University of California, Berkeley (Chang-Lin Tien), the University of California, Los Angeles (Charles Young) and the University of Southern California (Steven B. Sample). Seeing the rapid economic integration of the Asia-Pacific region and the formation of APEC, their inspiration was to create APRU as the premier alliance of leading research universities in the region as an advisory body to international organisations, governments and business on the development of science and innovation, and on the broader development of higher education. The vision now encompasses focusing new knowledge on the global challenges affecting the region.
Located initially in Los Angeles and then in Singapore, the APRU International Secretariat is now based in Hong Kong on the campus of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and make ground-breaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey — and publishes over 2,500 journals and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.