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The 6th APRU Vice – Presidents for Research Meeting 2024

Theme: Collaborative Research For A Better Future

The APRU Vice Presidents for Research Meeting brings together university leadership in strategic and collaborative research. Through this platform, APRU’s VPs for Research network addresses critical issues in the future of research universities, policies, funding, technological transfer and enterprise in research-intensive universities in the Pacific Rim.

Themed “Collaborative Research for A Better Future,” the 6th APRU Vice Presidents for Research Meeting will be held on April 21-23, 2024, at the University of Science and Technology. During the event, the participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss critical issues on capacity building and challenges on advancing emerging technologies research e.g. Artificial Intelligence, New Energy, Sustainable Technology
  • Strengthen university and industry collaboration in research.
  • Share your lessons and learn from other institutions about how to measure research impact.
  • Discuss the possibilities of the role and strategy of APRU for international research collaborations and identify strategies for leveraging the network.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the institutions in China and the strategic priorities and challenges of the host university.
  • Learn about fostering innovation within university institutions and engage in discussion about how to facilitate start-up incubation and technology commercialization.

Sunday, April 21 2024

The meeting will commence with a welcome reception on Sunday, April 21 evening.


Monday, April 22 2024

The meeting will commence at 9am with keynote address from President Xinhe Bao, University of Science and Technology of China. In the morning session, there will be a panel discussion on “Advancing Research in Emerging Technologies.

After lunch, the afternoon session will start with a panel discussion on the topic “Fostering Innovation at Universities for Impact” and follow up the panel discussion on “How to Strengthen University- Industry Collaboration.”

In late afternoon, a campus tour will be organized by USTC.  A gala dinner will be hosted by USTC.


Tuesday, April 23 2024

On the last day of the meeting, the panel discussion will explore “The role of APRU in facilitating International Research Collaboration.”  

The meeting will be ended before lunch and follow by optional Chinese cultural activities offered by USTC such as Chinese tea art, martial art, Gugin musical performance and opera.

The meeting will be held at the Guoxin Campus of the University of Science and Technology of China, at Hefei city, China

The event is open for Vice – Presidents for Research and/or nominated research leaders of APRU member universities only. Registration details have been circulated to the Senior International Leaders and International Officers of all APRU member universities in October 2023.   Please contact [email protected] if you require the registration link.


Joey Chu

Senior Manager, Events

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