APRU 17th Annual Presidents Meeting

APM-2013Hosted by:  Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia
Date: 27-29 June 2013 

How can APRU universities contribute to the processes that shape the future of research universities in the Asia Pacific? Under APM 2013's overarching theme "Partnering on Education, Research and Innovation for Pacific Rim Challenges", a series of panel sessions at the meeting that included speakers from the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Elsevier and the Governor of Primorsky Krai of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Miklushevsky, addressed the future development and growth prospects of Northeast Asia and Russia, university engagement with regional communities and translating knowledge to policy.

This year's APM hosted by the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in Vladivostok, Russia was attended by 15 presidents and 30 universities.  APRU presidents also endorsed APRU's thematic priorities in Shaping Asia-Pacific Higher Education and Research, Creating Asia-Pacific Global Leaders and Partnering on Solutions to Asia-Pacific Challenges with key developments in the Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) and APRU-Chile Equity initiatives and the APRU-Tohoku Multi-hazards Program.

APRU presidents also agreed that APRU was well-positioned to play a role as a "collective expert" and partner for regional organizations in higher education, sharing the vision that closer collaboration in areas of education, research and innovation was possible and should be pursued.

Download APM 2013 Presentation Slides for: June 27th or June 28th

A message from FEFU's Rector, Dr. Sergey Ivanets, a former Deputy Minister of Science and Education, on this occasion is given below.

APM 2013 Background

The offer by Far Eastern Federal University to host the APM 2013 came in the context of Russia's hosting of the APEC Leaders' Meeting in September 2012 at the newly-built FEFU campus on Russky Island. The newly integrated university will play an important role in positioning Russian higher education within the region. This accompanies a strong signal from the country's economic and trade sectors to take a more active role in the Asia-Pacific growth economy and to develop its Pacific region for this purpose.

Several APRU presidents have expressed a wish to see APRU relate more closely to APEC and to have a higher profile in the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. As FEFU reflects Russia's commitment to an Asia-Pacific higher education area via APEC, the APM is well-placed to discuss these objectives. APRU was represented at the first Asia-Pacific Forum held in Moscow in November 2011, and at the APEC Education Conference in Vladivostok in July 2012. There is interest from APEC and several governments for APRU to play a central role in the development of higher education collaboration across the region.

About Vladivostok

Vladivostok is the capital of the Primorsky Territory, at the head of the Golden Horn Bay, and is the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.

The city now has the world's longest cable-stayed bridge from Vladivostok to Russky Island where the new FEFU campus is located and has also upgraded its airport.

About FEFU's Strategic Research Areas

FEFU will play an important part in taking forward Russia's higher education agenda and foreign policy. Its 10-year development program includes the following areas:

• Resources of the world's oceans;
• Energy resources and energy-efficient technologies;
• The industry of nano-systems and nano-materials;
• The transport-logistics sector;
• Russia's economic, technological and cultural interaction with Asia-Pacific states;
• Bio-medicine

Unique clusters are already being established in these spheres. They combine three aspects, namely, education programs, world-class research centers inside each cluster, and agencies for commercializing the results of specific R&D projects.

By 2019, the University plans to have 25,000 full-time students. Foreign students from neighbouring countries, primarily those from China, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc., will account for 25% of the grand total. The University's development program stipulates the objective to join the world's 300 top universities in line with the QS ranking by 2019.

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FEFU Campus

The above satellite photo was taken during construction of the cable-stayed bridge. The bridge to the island is now completed.

FEFU Rector

The new FEFU Rector from 2 July 2012.