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Nanjing Forum on China’s Foreign Policy

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.

07 December 2015
Published in APRU News

Multi-Hazards experts convene at the APRU Research Symposium

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.

 Group Photo

Symposium partcipants gather for a group photo. Photo by: University of the Philippines

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15 October 2015
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Carnegie honours APRU Chairman and USC President C.L. Max Nikias with Academic Leadership Award

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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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(Source: http://www.president.usc.edu/carnegie-honors-usc-president-c-l-max-nikias-with-academic-leadership-award/)

02 October 2015
Published in APRU News

Opportunities at UNDP

UNDP is pleased to announce collaborative opportunties for researchers and academic institutions:

Consultant for Study into the Motivation of Public Officials in Pakistan and Kazakhstan
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=59803

Review of Global Trends in Civil Service Reform
http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=25065

14 September 2015
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Multi-Hazards Program launches new website

The APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Program (MHP) has recently launched a new website.  The website features past and upcoming activities under MHP as well as information on APRU and IRIDeS. The Campus Safety Report 2015 and the MHP Statement are also available for download. View the MHP website here.

10 September 2015
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APRU engages in APEC meetings on Science and Technology

APRU was among key organisations invited to the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Science and Technology on Higher Education (HLPDSTHE) held in Manila, the Philippines on 13 to 14 August. The meeting featured presentations on:

Ensuring Relevance, Utilisation & Contribution of Science and Technology in Higher Education to Economic Development in the APEC Region;

Science and Technology Concerns of the Future: Implications for Future Careers; and

Innovations in Higher Education Delivery Modalities and Strategies.

Key recommendations that were put forth by participating APEC economies included:

Cross Border Education & Inter-University Collaboration;


  • Science and Technology Mobility Card: Talent Mobility for Scientists and Researchers; and


Capacity Building through Twinning Programs (Joint & Double Programs for Ph.D. degrees in Science and Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Marine Sciences and Fisheries).

These areas can be of particular interest to APRU member universities as these could bolster greater mobility and knowledge exchange among universities. A number of APRU members were in attendance at the meeting - Chulalongkorn University, Far Eastern Federal University, National Taiwan University, and the University of the Philippines.

Prior to the HLPDSTHE, APRU also attended the APEC Policy Partnership on Social, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) Meeting from 10 to 12 August, in which APRU presented its current collaboration with APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation (ACES) through its Multi-Hazards Program.

26 August 2015
Published in APRU News