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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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
Review of Global Trends in Civil Service Reform
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.
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.
Far Eastern Federal University is happy to invite postdoctoral researchers to fill the positions of Research Fellows to work within one of the University Schools:
- School of Engineering
- School of Biomedicine
- School of Humanities
- School of Natural Sciences
- School of Arts, Culture and Sports
- School of Education
- School of Regional and International Studies
- School of Business and Public Administration
- School of Law
The ideal candidate should have a PhD degree in related disciplines from leading universities and should be highly motivated to conduct research in a challenging research environment. This program is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Academic Excellence Project 5-100.