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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
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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
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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
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Implementing the Strategy

IPAC meeting, Singapore 5-6 March 2015

DSCF9670_copy.jpg(L-R) IPAC Co-Chair Prof Andrew Wee (National University of Singapore), Dr Christopher Tremewan (APRU Secretary General) and IPAC Co-Chair Prof Dennis Galvan (University of Oregon) leading the discussions.

IPAC’s meeting in Singapore in March 2015 followed up on the action points which came from the Senior Staff Meeting in Jakarta:
- Specify APRU’s value proposition
- Build an APRU-wide research dashboard, updated annually
- Publish and disseminate policy papers
- Streamline information flow between the Secretariat and members
- Establish evaluation criteria for programs
- Develop a database on member engagement
- Engage with NGOs relevant to APRU’s programs
- Ensure a successful APM in Osaka in June 2015 and a more interactive Senior Staff Meeting in Auckland in September 2015

The International Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC) provides leadership from the APRU Senior Staff by advising the Secretary General on ensuring activities align with strategy, on overall program initiation, management and evaluation, on communications with members and on preparations for the Annual Presidents’ Meeting.

Co-chairs of the meeting were Prof Andrew Wee, Vice President (University and Global Relations), NUS, and Prof Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Affairs, University of Oregon.  

In his report to IPAC, Secretary General Christopher Tremewan stressed APRU’s ambition to identify new steps which re-shape global thinking and action, to propose new ideas and to offer leadership through engagement.

The Secretariat had been implementing the Strategic Framework through
- Program review & development
- Strengthening deliberative structures
- Fitting organisation to the strategy
- Identifying new models for engagement
- Establishing new international partnerships
- Improving communications and relationship management

Dr Tremewan stated that APRU was now moving into a phase of reviewing progress and focusing on key priorities.  The total portfolio must be coherent, focused and fully engaged both with members and with appropriate partner organisations.  APRU should not try to do everything itself but would have greater impact through selective collaborations.

He proposed that APRU consider having one or two flagship programs with presidential leadership while each Thematic Priority should also have its own flagships. 

He drew IPAC’s attention to the innovation of a presidential retreat at the next APM and that this would give attention to two areas: common challenges faced by presidents of research universities and, secondly, the potential for presidents to exercise collective leadership internationally on a key challenge such as the future of the Pacific Ocean.

 Finally, Dr Tremewan presented two concept papers on potential initiatives:
- An Asia-Pacific Higher Education Review
- An Asia-Pacific Planetary Citizens Porta

The Committee endorsed both of these concept papers for further development into concrete proposals.

DSCF9689_copy.jpgIPAC discussing a new Teaching and Learning initiative over Skype with Dr Beth Kalikoff (University of Washington). 

IPAC Highlights:
- Proposal from the University of Washington on an APRU Teaching and Learning Program
- Proposal from the University of Chile on the Equity and Access Program
- Discussion of a strategic relationship with APAIE
- Proposal for an APRU workshop on university fund-raising
- Decision to merge the doctoral student and early career researcher activities
- Consideration of program evaluation models and reviewing the Strategic Framework
- Launching a communications audit

13 April 2015
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International Networks: will cross-breeding increase impact?

APRU-APAIE Joint Session at APAIE Conference 2015, Beijing

Chris_and_Uchida1.jpg(L-R) Professor Katsuichi Uchida of APAIE and Dr Christopher Tremewan of APRU co-chairing and speaking at the APRU-APAIE joint session.

On 25 March, at a major conference in Beijing, APRU Secretary General Christopher Tremewan floated the proposition that more value could be realised by cross-breeding two species of international networks: networks focused on international education, such as APAIE, and networks of research universities, such as APRU.  He outlined the areas where cooperation would bring benefits to both ‘species’.  These included:

- Student mobility related to global challenges
- Professional development
- Improving the student experience
- Research on internationalization e.g. in employment, new collaborative models for universities
- Policy influence e.g. bringing expertise to bear in APEC and UN bodies

Dr Tremewan observed that, as a foundation board member of APAIE, he was confident it had a clear role to fulfil on international education in the Asia-Pacific region and noted that most of the APAIE Board come from APRU member universities.  Together, they could have a strong impact as the major Asia-Pacific regional organisations in higher education.

In his address to the same conference session, Professor Katsuichi Uchida, President of APAIE, and formerly APRU Senior Staff for Waseda University, expressed his agreement with this approach of being clear about the distinctive yet complementary objectives of the different organisations while seeking greater collaboration.  He advocated joint attention to policies on international students, to mobility and to capacity-building in developing countries where global issues have greatest impact. He spoke about APAIE’s track record in convening one of the Asia Pacific’s largest international education conferences and possible partnerships which could add value for members. He noted that a number of APRU members were either already in APAIE leadership roles or active contributors to the organisation.

Responding to the speakers, a panel built on the propositions put forward.

Professor Joaquin Guerra, Vice Rector of International Affairs, Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico, highlighted the benefits of being a part of the APRU network in enhancing his university’s strengths in service learning, community action and strategic student mobility. 

Professor Susan Elliott, Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of APAIE, was positive about the future directions of both APRU and APAIE in expanding the scope of student mobility and research collaboration. She was of the view that members could leverage on the combined strengths of both organisations towards productive outcomes including benchmarking and serving communities.  She proposed a joint working group to identify areas of collaboration.

Assoc. Professor Anne Pakir, Director of International Relations at The National University of Singapore saw potential collaborative outcomes arising from an APRU-APAIE partnership as exciting, noting that both organisations were at the heart of international education and mobility – the Asia Pacific region.

Adding to this perspective was Professor Wanhua Ma of Peking University, who underscored not only the importance of a multi-cultural experience for students and faculty but the growing global standing of Chinese universities and what they could offer in diversifying education. 

APRU and APAIE’s leadership agreed that working together towards a future strategy was timely and full of potential.

Panel_and_mawh.jpg(1) (L-R): Professor Joaquin Guerra, Assoc. Professor Anne Pakir, Professor Susan Elliott and Professor Katsuichi Uchida.
(2) Professor Wanhua Ma, with Professor Joaquin Guerra, taking questions from the audience.

APRU Senior Staff speakers and facilitators at APAIE 2015 panel sessions. 

For more photos of APAIE 2015, please go to photo gallery

The APAIE Conference and Exhibition is an annual event organised to bring together international educators active in Asia Pacific higher education to promote networking, facilitate collaboration in student exchange and mobility, and enhance professional development in internationalisation. This year’s conference, held in Beijing and hosted by Peking University was attended by 1,500 delegates.
02 April 2015
Published in APRU News

USTC Professor receives the L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Award for Women in Science 2015 (Asia-Pacific)

Professor Yi Xie has been awarded this year's L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2015, Laureate for Asia-Pacific at a ceremony held on 18 March in Paris. A professor of chemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Professor Yi is among the top women researchers honored for their ground-breaking discoveries in the field of science.

Launched 1998, the annual L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards honors five outstanding women scientists – one per continent – for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society.

USTC is one of China's leading universities and a charter member of APRU since 1997. USTC was established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1958.

Last year's award for Asia-Pacific was also given to professor from an APRU member university, Professor Kayo Inaba of Kyoto University.

Read related article here. View photos of the award ceremony here.

20 March 2015
Published in APRU News