‘Crafting Cyber Security in a Less Secure World’ was the theme of a high-level meeting organized by the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan in Okinawa 7-8 November, 2015 with the support of the World Economic Forum and opened by the Prime Minister of Japan. Called the Cyber3 Conference it was attended by CEOs from leading IT companies from around the region, security and intelligence specialists, senior military and political leaders now in consulting roles and academic researchers on the Internet and on cyber security.
The intention was a multi-stakeholder approach to identify multi-stakeholder solutions, to focus on urgent issues and concrete steps to cross-border cooperation on all levels and to ‘build a resilient, trusted cyber space’.
Secretary General Chris Tremewan moderated an early session on ‘Our Hyper-Connected World: Problems, Issues and Implications’. Professor Jun Murai, Dean of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, was one of the panelists along with top executives from Cisco, SAP Japan and Nokia. Dr Tremewan also spoke on a later panel on the same topic.
The University of Southern California held its Global Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai, 29-31 October, 2015. Robert Iger, Chairman and CEO if Disney was its lead speaker. Sessions covered medical breakthroughs at USC through to story-telling in virtual environments and the use of big data. Led by President Max Nikias, APRU Chair, and his Provost Michael Quick, this was well-attended by hundreds of USC alumni and guests. It was a signature event which demonstrated the strength of USC’s connections in China through its alumni and friends. Secretary General Chris Tremewan represented APRU at the event.
President Kap-Young Jeong of Yonsei University hosted a summit of university presidents and scholars 26-27 October, 2015, to mark the 130th anniversary of the university. The three themes were:
- Asia and Asian Leadership Education
- Liberal Arts and Residential Education
- The Challenges of 21st Century Higher Education: The Role of University Networks
Speakers included President Peter Mathieson (University of Hong Kong), President Atsushi Seike (Keio University), William Overholt (Harvard University Asia Center), Provost Steven Garton (University of Sydney), Rector Yves Flueckiger (University of Genea) and Prof Katsuichi Uchida (President of APAIE). Secretary General Chris Tremewan led off with a presentation prior to the panel on University Networks.
Along with nine APRU universities who sent senior scholars to speak at the Nanjing Forum, Secretary General Chris Tremewan presented a paper on “The Role of Research Universities in the International Relations of States’. Nanjing University, an APRU member, and the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies held a Forum of academics, senior officials and other policy-makers in Nanjing 19-21 October, 2015. The Forum purpose was to ‘focus on the hot issues and promote cooperation in the Asia-Pacific’ noting that 2015 marks ‘the beginning of China’s Initiative on building the “Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” (The Belt and Road Initiative)’.
There were three thematic streams: Cyber Hyper-Connectivity (its potential for both positive and negative consequences); Cyber Security and the need for a globally coordinated approach; Cybercrime and again the need for international cooperation.
More than 100 international and local participants from various disciplinary fields convene at the 11th APRU Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards around the Pacific Rim held at the University of the Philippines main campus in Diliman, Quezon City from 7 to 9 October 2015.
Symposium partcipants gather for a group photo. Photo by: University of the Philippines
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