This ground-breaking report provides the evidence base for the contribution of universities to the Asia-Pacific’s most pressing challenges. It demonstrates the impact of international collaboration between research universities, international organisations, governments, NGOs, the private sector and local communities. It does this through case studies, contextual data and extensive research metrics.
A concise 4-page summary of the APRU Impact Report 2016. This report provides for the first time the evidence base for the contribution of universities to the Asia-Pacific’s most pressing challenges.
The 4th APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School, organised by the APRU Multi-Hazards Program and hosted by the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University was held in Sendai from 19 to 22 July 2016.
The theme of the 2016 Offsite was the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The focus of the the discussion was whether the provisions of this still controversial trade agreement (now embracing 12 nations in the region and over 40 percent of global trade) amounts to "a new Digital Economic agenda" for the Asia Pacific region.
In a dynamic break from traditional conference formats of prepared papers and Q&A responses, a fast-paced, truly interactive Internet Business Offsite brought an eclectic mix of thought-leaders, scholarly practitioners, and corporate players together from across Asia, Europe, and the United States for a path-breaking dialogue on “The Internet in Asia: Looking Ahead to 2025” March 10-11 in Tokyo’s landmark International House of Japan.
The APRU Global Health Program aims to expand existing collaborative research efforts among universities to address regional and global health issues. Since its launch in 2007–08, the program has covered a significant range of topics including emerging public health threats, ageing and chronic diseases, infectious diseases and health security issues, among others. The Program’s activities in research, training, and service around the globe illustrate the diverse dimensions of global health. In this paper, the major activities to date are outlined and future planned activities are discussed.
Finding solutions to global health problems will require a highly-trained, inter-disciplinary workforce. Global health education and research can potentially have long-range impact in addressing the global burden of disease and protecting and improving the health of the global population.
The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) held a workshop, “Building Disaster-Resistant Universities: Is Your University Ready for the Next Natural Disaster?” on February 2–4, 2016 at the IRIDeS.
The 3rd APRU Multi-Hazards Summer School was held at Tohoku University on 21-24 July 2015. More than 40 participants from 10 countries participated in the event to learn the lessons-learnt and experience from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and discuss the role of universities to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The main objectives of the Multi-Hazards Program are to harness the collective capacities of APRU Universities for cutting-edge research on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and to contribute to international policy-making discussions to steadily improve DRR.