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Restored ocean will alleviate poverty, provide jobs and improve global health, finds new report

A healthy ocean will benefit global sustainable development in a number of ways, finds a new report published today by the Nereus Program, a collaboration between the Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia. With climate change and social inequity addressed, restoring the ocean will help alleviate poverty, provide livelihoods, and improve the health of millions around the world.

“The challenges—both environmental and socioeconomic—that confront our oceans have reached a critical level,” said Yoshitaka Ota, Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program Director of Policy. “This report demonstrates how ocean sustainability holds the key not only to our future prosperity but also for our survival from a comprehensive science-based perspective.” READ MORE.

University of British Columbia and the University of Washington, both members of APRU, are part of the Nereus Program. Professor Ota, Director of Policy, and Dr William Cheung, Director of Science, Nereus Program, will be speaking about Climate Change and Social Equity, and Pacific Ocean Sustainability at the upcoming APRU 21st Annual Presidents’ Meeting and Presidential Meeting.

05 June 2017
Published in APRU News

APRU Universities can play active role in increasing economic participation of women by combatting health inequalities in the Asia-Pacific region

(R-L) Assistant Professor Mellissa Withers, USC Institute for Global Health and Program Manager of the APRU Global Health Program and Christina Schönleber, Deputy Director, APRU International Secretariat


Economic participation of women due to health inequalities and gender differentials is lower in the Asia-Pacific region than other global regions. The implications of this are that sustainable economic growth is hard to achieve if women are unable to fully participate in the economy due to health implications.

To combat this trend the US Department of Labor, collaborating closely with the Departments of Health and Labor and the Commission on Women in the Philippines and other APEC economies, set up the Healthy Women Healthy Economies (HWHE) project in 2015 to develop a toolkit to improve economic female economic participation through better health.

This year, alongside the second APEC Senior Official Meetings (SOM2), representatives from APEC economies and global experts convened at a workshop in Hanoi, Viet Nam to share lessons learns and implementation experiences of the HWHE toolkit.

Assistant Professor Mellissa Withers from USC Institute for Global Health and Program Manager of the APRU Global Health (GH) Program was one of the expert presenters at the workshop. Using the APRU Sydney Statement on Employee Health and Well-Being as one example, Dr Withers highlighted how University research is supporting the implementation of health and wellness strategies in the workplace and act as leaders in closing the gender gap in terms of health inequalities.

For more information about the APEC Healthy Women Health Economies project, visit the website:

See the full Sydney Statement on Employee Health and Well-Being here.

For more information about the APRU GH Hub see here.

For more information how APRU member universities can get engaged with APEC and the HWHE project, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

04 June 2017
Published in APRU News

8th Asia Pacific Conference on Education Integrity

The 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity
The University of Sydney, November 6-7, 2017

Call for abstracts and proposals

The theme of the 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity – Academic Integrity as a Public Good – emphasizes academic integrity as a society-wide issue with a strong influence on ethical practices within disciplines, professions, industry and business, government and public institutions. Accordingly, the conference program is being developed to initiate a wide-ranging conversation about the importance of academic integrity from multiple perspectives from within and without the academy and higher education institutions. Importantly, this includes the perspective of students themselves.

This conference will be of interest to academic language and learning educators, academic developers, students, faculty academics, professional staff, and policy developers and implementers.

Abstract submission closes on June 9, 2017.

More information

Conference website:  

15 May 2017
Published in APRU News

Call for APRU Expert Engagement for the development of the APEC Marine Sustainable Development Report 2

The first APEC Marine Sustainable Development Report (AMSD) developed by the APEC Marine Sustainable Development Centre received endorsement in 2014. The AMSD is the first comprehensive report in APEC to research the status and progresses of marine sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific region. Download the AMSD here

At the 2016 APEC Ministerial Meeting in Peru it was proposed to update the AMSD to promote regional marine sustainable development as a key APEC contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The proposed theme of report 2 is ‘APEC Sustainable Development Report: Sustainable Development Goals in APEC'.

The report objectives are to:

1. reflect trends and endeavors of APEC and its member economies in achieving SDGs, especially SDG 14 and other goals and objectives relevant to ocean and coasts;

2. map and take stock of OFWG’s projects and activities relevant to marine sustainable development;

3. serve as a platform to take APEC’s active role in facilitating the implementation of 2030 agenda in Asia-Pacific region.

09 May 2017
Published in APRU News

UO named sustainability hub for Pacific Rim university network

— By Chakris Kussalanant, Office of International Affairs, University of Oregon

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities has chosen the UO to host the new APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Research Hub, a clearinghouse for collaborative research and innovative solutions in urban development with a focus on city-landscape interactions.

The association is a network of 45 leading research universities in the Asia-Pacific region. The universities span 17 economies, building international cooperation, fostering talent, contributing to social and economic advancement and developing new knowledge on the major challenges facing the region.

“As an international leader in sustainable urban design and landscape planning, the UO is an ideal home for the hub,” said Christoph Lindner, dean of the College of Design.

The new hub is managed at the UO with support from the eight other universities that make up the steering committee: the Australian National University; National Taiwan University; Tsinghua University, China; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Chile; University of Hong Kong; University of New South Wales, Australia; and University of Washington.

Rethinking the City- APRU Sustainability Hub from International Ducks on Vimeo.

25 April 2017
Published in APRU News

Invitation to the 6th APEC Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education

Dear Senior Staff:

Please find attached an invitation from Dr Vladimir Kurilov, Vice-President for International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University, to the 6th APEC Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education (APEC CCHE' 17). 

If you have queries, please contact Ms. Anastasia Sviridova, Head of APEC Study Center of Far Eastern Federal University at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

05 April 2017
Published in APRU News