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  • APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE)
    APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE)

    APEC is on the lookout for young scientists whose collaborative research in the Asia-Pacific stands to revolutionise efforts to protect lives, livelihoods and the future of the global economy against the increasing threat posed by climate change. 

    Nominations are now open for the 2015 APEC Science for Innovation, Research and Education whose theme, Disaster Risk Reduction: Understanding the Role of Climate Change and Variability, spotlights the cross-border development of next generation technologies vital to helping economies adapt to changing natural conditions, strengthen environmental protection and build more resilient, sustainable communities. 

    For more information please visit: http://www.apec.org/aspire

  • HKUST wins awards for eLearning and nurturing scientific literacy
    HKUST wins awards for eLearning and nurturing scientific literacy

    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has won two awards at the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education, also known as the “Oscars” of innovation in higher education.

    Prof Ting-chuen Pong, Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice-President and Provost (Teaching Innovation and e-Learning), and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering of HKUST, and his team won awards for their “Hong Kong Virtual University” program (HKVU), and the "Chemists Online" program under the HKVU initiative.

    The HKVU program aims at creating a virtual campus for students around the world to study blended learning courses offered by universities in Hong Kong.

    Prof Pong is also on the organzing committee of APRU's Chief Information Officers (CIO) and Education and Research Technology (ERT) Forums 2015 hosted by HKUST in January 2015.

    Read the full article at: http://www.ust.hk/about-hkust/media-relations/press-releases/hkust-wins-two-wharton-qs-stars-awards-innovative-e-learning-programs-2/

  • 5th APRU Research Symposium on Ageing in Asia-Pacific: “Ageing populations affects every person from n
    5th APRU Research Symposium on Ageing in Asia-Pacific: “Ageing populations affects every person from n

    Renowned Ageing Researchers in the Asia-Pacific region met at University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology from 14-17 September 2014 to discuss the rapid demographic changes and its impact among the Pacific Rim economies. USC’s Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett welcomed all participants in Los Angeles and stressed that ageing populations and its impact is of concern to all of us. Ageing populations are a challenge for politics and the society in each Pacific Rim economy. According to UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) the Pacific region hosts with Japan the oldest population in the world. In addition the region also hosts with Hong Kong the population with the lowest number of people under the age of 14 according to data of the World Bank. Other Pacific economies are not far behind like Korea, Singapore and also China is ageing on a fast track.

  • 5th APRU Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific held at Peking University
    5th APRU Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific held at Peking University

    © by courtesy of Peking University

     The PKU-IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Peking University hosted the 5th APRU Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific (BMAP 2014) from August 28th to 30th, 2014 at Peking University. The organization committee chaired by Prof. Shihui Han invited 4 keynote speakers and 3 workshops.

    Keynote speakers included Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg from University of Heidelberg, Germany, Keiji Tanaka from Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan, Yi Rao from Peking University, China, Shinobu Kitayama from University of Michigan, USA. The topics of keynote speeches and workshops covered multiple disciplines and topics such as neural mechanisms of mental disorders, cognitive genetics, and cultural neuroscience.

    Over 140 participants from China, USA, Germany, UK, New Zealand, and others submitted 87 abstracts. Presentations and discussions promoted communication and exchange of new ideas and methods of brain research and led to possible cooperation in future. Please find further information below.

  • APRU launches a virtual network for early career researchers
    APRU launches a virtual network for early career researchers

    APRU's newest initiative, Early Career Researchers (ECR) Network was launched at the 13th APRU Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) on 19 August 2014. APRU's Program Director for Global Leadership, Ms Cheryl Torrado gave an overview of the virtual network which aims to link early researchers and PhD students from multidisciplinary backgrounds to their peers, senior role models and potential research collaborators; and create a discussion platform on a vast range of topics and issues across different disciplines.

    DSC participants representing 19 leading research universities were invited to join the online community on LinkedIn. This is in line with APRU's effort on assisting doctoral students in building relationships outside the DSC.

    Interested faculty, researchers and doctoral students are invited to join the online community on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/APRU-Early-Career-Researchers-Network-6665208?home&gid=6665208&trk=anet_ug_hm.

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