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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APRU Chairman and University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias during the APRU Presidential Retreat and 19th Annual Presidential Meeting.
(Photo: Osaka University)
The Carnegie Corporation of New York honoured APRU Chairman and University of Southern California (USC) President C. L. Max Nikias today with its Academic Leadership Award. Dr Nikias is the organisation’s first awardee in Southern California.
The foundation established in 1911 by industrialist Andrew Carnegie bestows the accolade every other year, which comes with a $500,000 grant to further academic initiatives. The award is granted to a select number of university presidents “demonstrating vision and outstanding commitment to excellence and equity fulfilling their administrative and managerial roles with dedication and creativity.”
“The contributions of C. L. Max Nikias, both as provost and president, of the University of Southern California have been phenomenal,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation. “Under his leadership, the quality of the student body and of the faculty continues to reach new heights. Today, USC ranks among the nation’s and indeed the world’s most outstanding private research universities. This award recognises not only the excellence President Nikias has affected, but also his vision of boosting global engagement and scaling up various community initiatives. What has impressed me as a former provost and president is that he has been able, in a relatively brief period, to establish 77 endowed faculty chairs. We are very proud of USC’s progress under and look to its continued success in the future.”
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Consultant for Study into the Motivation of Public Officials in Pakistan and Kazakhstan
Review of Global Trends in Civil Service Reform