Host: University of Hong Kong (co-organised by the University of Auckland and APRU) 26 – 28 April 2016
Senior university leaders, faculty, researchers and administrators from 19 APRU universities and invited institutions convened at the APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Policy Round Table on Gender Equity. The Round Table meeting was hosted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and was co-organised by the University of Auckland and APRU from 26 to 28 April. A number of participants gather for a group photo. Photo credit: The University of Hong Kong
The meeting featured presentations on recruitment, retention and success in the areas of gender equity and equity in general. These presentations highlighted gender equity policies in several APRU member universities that form part of the sharing of best practices across the network.
(L-R) Lynn Gordon (University of California, Los Angeles) and Kirsten Locke (University of Auckland) speak about unconscious bias and gendered academic career trajectories, respectively.
(R-L, 1st row) Li Chong and Lucas Klein (HKU) talk about policies on enhancing retention in HKU.
(R-L, 1st row) Speakers Prem Ramburuth (UNSW Australia) and Ann Brewer (University of Newcastle and formerly University of Sydney) discuss recruitment, promotion and success in the context of gender equity.
A keynote presentation on Gender Equity in Hong Kong’s Universities set a framework for discussions on the importance of empirical-based assessment and analysis of gender-related challenges in universities.
Sarah Aiston (University of Birmingham and formerly University of Hong Kong, centre) discusses the importance of data in informing policy on gender equity.Photo credit: The University of Hong Kong
A key highlight of the Round Table meeting was the University Presidents and Vice Presidents Panel Discussion whereby university leaders shared institutional aspirations and goals in bridging the gender gap in their respective universities. These included 1) greater participation and engagement of women in senior leadership positions; 2) a balanced gender representation across all disciplinary fields particularly in various academic and professional staff positions and; 3) creation of a more equitable and inclusive environment in universities, among others.
(L-R) Vice Provost Cindy Fan (University of California, Los Angeles), Executive Vice President Toshiya Hoshino (Osaka University), Executive Vice President Ching-Ray Chang (National Taiwan University), and President and Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson (HKU) at the panel discussion facilitated by Trudie McNaughton (University of Auckland), 5th from left.
Overall, the sessions elicited dynamic discussions among participants to identify common challenges and intersectionality among the various dimensions of gender equity in the context of APRU. These discussions were integral in coming up with a set of principles and recommendations to be put forth to the APRU Steering Committee, and the APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Jenny Dixon (University of Auckland, 1st row from right) leads the discussion on policy recommendations arising from the sessions. Photo credit: The University of Hong Kong
HKU President and Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson (1st row from left) share his views on shaping policy recommendations to APRU presidents. Photo credit: The University of Hong Kong