16th Senior International Leaders’ Meeting
16th Senior International Leaders’ Meeting, Hong Kong, October 8-10, 2018
Host: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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The 16th Senior International Leaders’ Meeting held on HKUST campus welcomed more than 70 delegates to deliberate on ‘APRU’s New Strategic Plan’ which refines the network’s strategy and directions for the next three years.
The three-day meeting was kicked off by President Wei Shyy’s keynote address on ‘HKUST in the Age of Innovation: Contributions, Opportunities and Expectations’ which set the scene for the discussion.
Professor Juan-Carlos Molleda, Dean of School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon highlighted their Media Center for Science and Technology (MCST)’s new model for science and technology communications using storytelling. Molleda pointed out collaborations among APRU members, developing industry partnerships around science communication research and practice, and engaging students in professional development training are pivotal to better communicate the impact of science and technology to the public.
Professor Juan-Carlos Modella, University of Oregon, calls for partnerships to explore better communication of science and technology to the public
On the panel ‘APRU and APEC: Closing the Digital Skills Gap,’ representatives from APEC Project DARE (Data Analytics Raising Employment) Secretariat presented their findings from the recent workshop which aimed at preparing the workforce for the digital age. In developing Asia-Pacific economies’ competency and addressing the gap of digital literacy, panelists called for cross-disciplinary collaborations, as well as partnerships among universities, industry and governments.
Drawing on inputs from partners and research-related hubs, participants were invited to share their insights on the draft Strategic Plan and the implementation of strategy in breakout groups and in the speaking frankly session. Candid feedback on members’ aspirations of the network and the international impact that all members can make collectively were heard.
The meeting also saw the launch of the APRU Impact Report 2018– Amplifying Impact: Transformative solutions to Asia-Pacific challenges. The report provides metrics and case studies that show the ways that APRU and its member universities are responding to the complexity of global challenges.
The celebratory event also featured an expert panel on ‘AI For Good: Advancing Ethical, Transparent, and Equitable Strategies for AI’ where panelists discussed the promises of AI and where its solutions lay with respect to environmental sustainability, gender equity, representation of marginalized communities in data, civil rights and surveillance.
APRU Senior International Leaders’ Meeting 2019 will be hosted by The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada on September 18-20, 2019.