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Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt to lead ANU

Source: The Australian National University

Professor Brian Schmidt AC and ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC. Photo: Stuart Hay

Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU).

He will take up the position on 1 January 2016 at the conclusion of the term of current Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO.

ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC said the University Council was delighted the renowned astrophysicist and winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics had accepted the offer to become the University's 12th Vice-Chancellor.

"Brian Schmidt is superbly placed to deliver on the ambition of ANU founders - to permanently secure our position among the great universities of the world, and as a crucial contributor to the nation," Professor Evans said.

"We had a stellar field of international and Australian candidates, and have chosen an inspirational leader.

"Brian's vision, vitality, global stature and communication skills are going to take our national university to places it has never been before."

Professor Evans praised the work done by current Vice-Chancellor Professor Young to modernise the operation and strengthen the reputation of the University over the past five years.

"Never afraid of a challenge or a difficult decision, he will leave ANU with an excellent academic reputation, improved administration, in good financial shape with strong donor support, and well positioned for its next era," he said.

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24 June 2015
Published in APRU News

University of Washington and Chinese University Unite to Form Technology Institute

Source: New York Times

A rendering of the new institute that the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, based in China, are going to build in Bellevue, Washington. Photo: Wright Runstad        

SEATTLE — With hometown companies like Amazon and Microsoft, this bustling region on the Puget Sound easily ranks in the top tier of technology hubs in the United States.

But the area lags its peers in one glaring way: It is home to a single major research university, the University of Washington, while nearly every other big technology scene in the country has at least two.

For years, that weakness has stoked local unease about whether the gap between the supply of people with computer-related degrees and the surge in demand for those skills could impede the region’s economy. “We’ve long realized we’re at a relative competitive disadvantage when it comes to higher education,” said Bradford L. Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel.

On Thursday, Seattle’s top academic and business leaders unveiled a plan to create a new institute of learning, with the goal of strengthening the educational foundation of the region’s high-tech economy. The institute, the Global Innovation Exchange, is a partnership between the University of Washington and one of China’s leading research universities, Tsinghua University. It will open in fall 2016 with a master’s degree program in technology innovation.

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22 June 2015
Published in APRU News

APRU attends Global Research Council


The 4th annual meeting of the Global Research Council was held in Tokyo 26-28 May, 2015.  The GRC is an informal organization of Heads of Research Councils from around the world.  The Governing Board is chaired by Dr BAI Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  The meeting was jointly hosted by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.  The Japanese host was JSPS President Yuichiro Anzai, formerly president of Keio University and Chair of APRU.



Sessions focused on:  Funding for Scientific Breakthroughs, Building Research and Education Capacity, and Progress on Open Access.  In addition to APRU, other observers included leaders of the World Economic Forum, the AAAS, European Science Foundation, Elsevier, Nature editor-in-chief, national academies and university associations (LERU, EUA, IAU).

The meeting produced two papers:
a) Statement of Principles for Funding Scientific Breakthroughs
b) Statement of Approaches: Building Research and Education Capacity

The 2016 GRC annual meeting will be jointly hosted by the UK and India in New Delhi. 

09 June 2015
Published in APRU News

APRU Goes Global


APRU was invited to participate in a panel at the Going Global Conference of the British Council held at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Parliament Square, London, 1-3 June, 2015.  Secretary General Chris Tremewan joined a panel with Molly Corbett Broad, President, American Council on Education, Javier Sagi-Vela Gonzalez, Director General, Universia, and John Mountford, Association of Colleges (UK).  The topic was “Could associations cooperate better for greater global good?”.  Further discussion among association leaders was held the next day to determine what areas of global cooperation would be most productive. 

09 June 2015
Published in APRU News

APRU engages APEC at High Level

APRU recently took another step in connecting APRU members’ collective capabilities in education, research and innovation with policy development by governments in the Asia-Pacific region.

At the Second APEC Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM2) and Related Meetings in the Philippines (10-21 May 2015), Steering Committee member and President of the University of the Philippines, Professor Alfredo E. Pascual, and Dr Sergey Ivanets, President of the Far Eastern Federal University, Russia, who also chairs the APEC Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG), represented APRU.

During SOM2 and Related Meetings, both presidents attended the Preparatory Meeting for the High-Level Dialogue on Science and Technology in Higher Education where President Pascual gave a presentation on APRU and the relevance of its education, research and innovation in science and technology to the APEC agenda.

Also, Secretary General Dr Christopher Tremewan led a delegation from the Secretariat (Ms Margaret Leong and Mr Andre Edelhoff) to participate in the working meetings and to meet with experts and government officials related to the day-to-day work of APRU: APEC Study Centers Consortium (ASCC) Conference, Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), Human Resources Development Working Group, which includes the Education Network (EDNET), the Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) as well as the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) Internet Economy Workshop.

APRU has been given three-year guest membership of the HRDWG, which was announced by chaired by President Sergey Ivanets to member economies at the beginning of the 4-day session. This provides a pathway for APRU to contribute its expertise on higher education and on cross-border mobility for academics, researchers and students. In particular, the Education Network (EDNET), a sub-group of HRDWG, develops projects and policies that are relevant to APRU member universities.

Dr Tremewan was invited to be discussant on “Investing in Human Capital Development” at the APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2015. Representatives of APRU were able to introduce APRU’s work by presentations, statements and comments within different APEC fora dedicated to education, science and research. In addition, Dr Jim Foster, Keio University represented APRU at a panel discussion on “Barriers to the Internet” of the PECC Internet Economy Symposium. The Internet Economy is an initiative that aligns well with APRU’s “Governing the Internet Economy”-program.

09 June 2015
Published in APRU News

APWiL featured in international activities

Women, Gender, and Efforts for Equality: Comparative Asian-Western Perspectives Seminar, University of Hong Kong

APRU's APWiL program has been featured at the recent seminar on Women, Gender and Efforts for Equality held on 22 April at the University of Hong Kong. Dr Masako Egawa, inaugural Chair of the APWiL program (2013-2015) and former Executive Vice-President of the University of Tokyo (UT) reported on the key findings of the APRU Gender Gap Report, key APWiL activities and the status of women at UT. She joined the seminar's panel of distinguished speakers, faculty and researchers comprising men and women.

The seminar was co-organised by the University of Hong Kong's Department of History, School of Humanities, and Women's Studies Research Centre.

The seminar program can be downloaded here. More information on the event can be viewed here.


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27 April 2015
Published in APRU News