The APRU network provides members the ability to:

CONNECT · by building strong relationships among the presidents of the most influential research universities around the rim of the Pacific

ENGAGE · by enabling university presidents and senior leaders to exchange ideas and identify common issues and strategies

COLLABORATE · by working on initiatives collectively to add value to what they are able to achieve alone or outside the network

INFLUENCE · by analyzing and shaping together the fast-changing educational environment

INTERACT · by providing faculty, professional staff and students with opportunities to magnify their work through working with their peers from 16 different economies in a dynamic and diverse region

LEVERAGE · by increasing the impact of their research strengths by partnering on solutions to Asia-Pacific challenges and engaging with governments, international organisations, business and local communities

Membership criteria

To be a member of APRU, candidate universities from around the Pacific Rim must satisfy the following criteria:

Academic Excellence
A member university should be rated as a leading university of the country, or a premier university within its geographical region. It should have attained broad excellence in carrying out the activities of its educational mission. In particular, the university should have developed innovative and quality educational programs at degree and professional levels in a substantial number of fields.

Research Intensity
Beyond the educational thrust, a member university must have a mission of promoting research and scholarship. This could be indicated by the level of research funding attracted and the research recognition received. Another indicator is a high quality of research-based programs conducted at the graduate level.

Global Outlook
A member university should have a strong international orientation. This could be reflected in its student and faculty profile. The university should participate actively in international activities such as university consortiums, forums or meetings. Another indicator of a university's global outlook is its research and educational collaborations with overseas institutions, including student, faculty and staff exchange programs.

Innovative Dimension
A member university should incorporate an innovative dimension in its education and research as well as provide service to the local and international communities. It should promote the spirit of innovation in its activities and interactions with various stakeholders of innovation, such as industry and research agencies. A possible outcome of its innovation could be research and development leading to commercialization.

Admission Process

Candidates for APRU membership are nominated and seconded by the Steering Committee members. Members of the Steering Committee who nominate and second a candidate will provide letters of recommendation to address the qualifications of the candidate university with respect to APRU’s membership criteria.

The Steering Committee will review these recommendations. Support by a two-thirds vote is required by the steering committee before a candidate is proposed to APRU’s entire membership for consideration. Approval of a new member requires a three-fourths vote by existing members.

A paced and measured approach towards membership admission has been adopted over the last decade as the objective has been to steadily develop and strengthen programs within the association.