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Shaping Asia-Pacific Higher Education & Research

Asia-Pacific higher education and research face constant challenges amidst economic, political and cultural forces that impact universities seeking to globalize and make a difference to our world. The discourse within academic and leadership networks of APRU informs our highly inter-connected communities. We seek to frame discourse through the strategic combination of policy research, new technology and comparative studies of disparate systems within the Pacific Rim.    

APRU envisions a key role in shaping the environment for higher education and research in partnership with its members, the policy community and international organisations. Member universities face increasing challenges in understanding emergent and current issues of impact to research, conventional academia and international engagement in Asia-Pacific. A global objective is to create awareness of dynamic aspects in higher education and hone working knowledge of these issues.  We believe in being active proponents through collaborative efforts involving an array of expertise present in our member universities, rather than passive observers of change. 

For APRU's current contributions under this thematic priority, please see the individual programs under this priority area.

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Key Priorities

To address key issues in Asia-Pacific higher education, APRU’s initiatives under this thematic priority are established with the broad objectives of advancing opportunities in education and research, promoting quality teaching and learning through innovation and professional development, and ensuring productive outcomes in the context of international competition and funding challenges.

Building networks of academic leaders and specialists will underpin APRU’s work of stimulating collaboration for capacity-building. Connecting international expertise to national and institutional challenges for mutual benefit will be a central strategic objective.

Partnering with other international organizations will ensure that the consortium plays a significant and influential role as the leading alliance of research universities and a crucial part of the Asia-Pacific higher education architecture.

Working Group on Shaping Higher Education

Working Group Co-Chairs

Vladimir Kurilov
Vice-President for International Affairs
Far Eastern Federal University

Katsuichi Uchida
Vice President for International Affairs
Waseda University