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APRU presented members' collective capabilities at the Second APEC Senior Official’s Meeting

(L-R) Christina Schönleber, APRU Program Director (Asia-Pacific Issues), Daria Rybakova, Acting HRDWG Lead Shepherd (Russia), Anastasia Sviridova, Member of the HRDWG (Russia)

19 May 2016

APRU presented and connected APRU’s members’ collective capabilities in education, research and innovation with high level policy development in the Asia-Pacific region, through active participation at the Second APEC Senior Official’s Meeting (SOM2) in Peru from 6-12 May 2016.

APRU was one of the few external organisations invited to contribute to the meetings taking place in Arequipa, Peru. Christina Schönleber, APRU Program Director (Asia- Pacific Issues) represented APRU at the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), the Education Network (EDNET) and Policy Partnership on Science Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) meetings. She presented on APRU and highlighted the relevance of its education, and research programs and activities to APEC’s strategic objectives for education and science & technology development in the Asia Pacific. Publication of the first APRU Impact Report taking place in July this year was also announced to delegates from the 21 economies.

The HRDWG and EDNET play a key role in the High Level Policy Dialogue on Capacity Building. Deputy Lead Shepherd, Darya Rybakova welcomed APRU’s active participation in the meetings and encouraged delegates to take advantage of APRU’s three-year guest status to the groups which provides a direct pathway for APRU to contribute its expertise on higher education and STI research and policy development. In particular, the EDNET and PPSTI endorses, develops projects and influences policy development highly relevant to APRU member universities.

Over the course of the meetings, potential project collaborations between APRU and delegates from the APEC Secretariat and attending economies were discussed. For example, the APRU Impact Report sits well alongside the Baseline Report on Current Education Status in the Asia Pacific Region. A number of discussions in relation to research mapping and framework development collaborations have started in addition to exploring the possibility of linking up with a number of APEC research initiatives to leverage and build on collaborative research expertise.

20 May 2016
Published in APRU News

Maximizing Impact – Collaboration across Disciplines, Sectors and Borders

Elsevier is proud to present the third annual Asia Pacific Research Intelligence Conference, which will take place in Tokyo on Wednesday and Thursday, June 8 and 9, 2016. The conference will be co-hosted with Keio University and will bring together over 200 of the region’s leading Vice Presidents of Research, Research Managers and Research Administrators to share and build upon valuable information in support of long-term research management efforts.

The conference is an invitation only gathering of globally renowned speakers from across Asia Pacific region and Europe. For an impression of last year’s highly successful conference, jointly hosted with Fudan University in Shanghai, you can view an Elsevier Connect article that recaps the key highlights and includes a video clip of the 2015 conference.

Visit the conference website to register:

NOTE: Registration for the conference closes on Friday, May 27.

18 May 2016
Published in APRU News

APRU members convene to discuss bridging the gender gap in universities

Senior university leaders, faculty, researchers and administrators from 19 APRU universities and invited institutions convened at the APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Policy Round Table on Gender Equity. The Round Table meeting was hosted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and was co-organised by the University of Auckland and APRU from 26 to 28 April.

Read full article here.

05 May 2016
Published in APRU News

Registration for the APRU Undergraduate Leaders Program 2016 is now open!

Registration for the APRU Undergraduate Leaders Program 2016 is now open!

Information on the program is available here.

18 February 2016
Published in APRU News

APRU International Secretariat Starts Full Operations in Hong Kong from 11 January 2016

The APRU International Secretariat is located at the new Institute of Advanced Study building on HKUST’s Clear Water Bay campus.
(Photo: HKUST)

Announcement of changeover

On 11 January, APRU welcomed a new staff team and the APRU International Secretariat in Hong Kong took over from the previous office in Singapore.

The new team is:

Dr Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General
Mr Keith Wong, Director (International Secretariat)
Ms Christina Schönleber, Program Director (Asia-Pacific Issues)
Mr Ashley Pereira, Communications Manager
Ms Florence Chan, Office Manager/Executive Assistant

In addition, Ms Cheryl Torrado, Program Director (Global Leadership) continues to work out of Singapore.

The Singapore Office will continue to support the programs and to advise the Hong Kong team throughout the transition until it closes on March 31, 2016.  The staff remaining in Singapore for this period are:

Ms Margaret Leong, Director (Singapore Office)
Ms Jacquelline Heng, Program Director (Higher Education)
Ms Clara Wong, Office Manager/Executive Assistant

I wish to thank APRU members for their support during this transition and also to convey special thanks to outgoing staff in Singapore for their continuing contribution over this period.

We look forward to a new phase of APRU’s life and to an exciting year ahead.

Best wishes

Christopher TREMEWAN PhD
Secretary General
Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)

New Mailing Address:

APRU International Secretariat
Institute for Advanced Study Building, 3F, 3019
Lee Shau Kee Campus
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay
Hong Kong

Tel: +852-3469 2056
Fax: +852-2719 5756
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20 January 2016
Published in APRU News