Christopher Tremewan, PhD

SecGen 2017

Secretary General

Dr Tremewan was elected APRU’s 4thSecretary General from June 2011. He has recently led the transition of the International Secretariat from Singapore to Hong Kong where he formed a new staff team to implement APRU’s strategy for renewed international impact and higher education advocacy. 

Before heading the APRU Secretariat, he was the Vice-President/Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Auckland. He holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in social anthropology from the University of Auckland, a Ph.D. in political science (Southeast Asian politics) from the University of Canterbury, and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

He was a visiting professor at Peking University in 2007 - 2008, and a visiting fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2003. He was elected a senior associate member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, in 1991-92 from where he published the book The Political Economy of Social Control in Singapore (Macmillan and St Martin’s Press, 1994, reprinted 1996).

In 1995 he was appointed the founding director of the New Zealand Asia Institute, which he led until 1999. Previously, he held positions as a senior consultant, executive, and research director for international development organizations based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

A specialist on social regulation in Southeast Asia, his research has recently focused on internationalization and inequality. He was a member of an EU-funded collaborative research project on the globalization of higher education and published “Who Will Win the Global Hunger Games? – the Emerging Significance of Research Universities in the International Relations of States” in The Death of the Public University? (Oxford: Berghahn) 2017.

Dr Tremewan is a member of the international board of Regional Action on Climate Change and was previously a member of the board of Education New Zealand and an Advisory Trustee of the Chinese Language Foundation. He was the founder of the Cambodia Trust (NZ). He has led reviews of university international strategies and was a member of a US accreditation panel.

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