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California Governor Jerry Brown challenges universities to engage in global issues.

September 6, 2017: Governor of California challenges universities to engage with global issues. Just what APRU does.

“The overall crisis facing the world demands universities do much more,” declared California Governor Jerry Brown in Russia at the Eastern Economic Forum.

With President Putin of Russia, Prime Minister Abe of Japan and President Moon of Korea addressing the same meeting, Governor Brown energized an audience drawn from around the Asia-Pacific region at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok on September 6.

He focussed on what universities can do to address the big problems confronting humanity.

15 September 2017
Published in APRU News

ADB Visiting Fellow Program

The Asian Development Bank's Visiting Fellow Program provides an opportunity for researchers and academics to share their ongoing or recently completed economic research in ADB headquarters in Manila.

ADB accepts applications year-round, but selections will be made on a quarterly basis. Female applicants and applicants from ADB developing member countries are especially encouraged to apply.

The program offers visiting fellows the opportunity to:

- Give a presentation or lecture on a research topic that is of mutual interest and relevance to both ADB and the visiting fellow. See ADB's ongoing research topics.

- Interact with staff from the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) and other departments to discuss fresh ideas or methodologies on the selected topic and to give advice on ongoing or future ERCD research; and

- Publish the research paper as an ADB Economics Working Paper, if desired.

For more details about the program, please visit ADB Visiting Fellow Program web page

13 September 2017
Published in APRU News

8th Asia Pacific Conference on Education Integrity

The 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity
The University of Sydney, November 6-7, 2017

Call for conference registration

The theme of the 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity – Academic Integrity as a Public Good – emphasizes academic integrity as a society-wide issue with a strong influence on ethical practices within disciplines, professions, industry and business, government and public institutions. Accordingly, the conference program is being developed to initiate a wide-ranging conversation about the importance of academic integrity from multiple perspectives from within and without the academy and higher education institutions. Importantly, this includes the perspective of students themselves.

This conference will be of interest to academic language and learning educators, academic developers, students, faculty academics, professional staff, and policy developers and implementers.

Take advantage of early bird registration rates until October 2, 2017

Conference website: 

12 September 2017
Published in APRU News

APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School 2017 addressed burning issues around the ring of fire

Tohoku University hosted the 2017 APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School in July. The event drew lessons from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and provided a platform for participants to discuss various disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects that have since been implemented.

"I think disaster mitigation is already as much a global issue as it is a local one," said Takako Izumi, coordinator of the APRU Multi-Hazards Program, and associate professor at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS).

As an example, she pointed to the Sendai Framework that was adopted by 187 countries at the 2015 UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. "Vulnerable countries like the Philippines and Indonesia, which used to spend a lot of money on response and recovery, are now allocating more resources to risk reduction because they realise how important it is to be prepared. And that's very encouraging."

Click here to view the full article 

24 August 2017
Published in APRU News

21st Annual Presidents' Meeting and Presidential Retreat

The Future of the Pacific and its Societies

21st Annual Presidents’ Meeting and Presidential Retreat
Sydney, 25-27 June, 2017
Host: UNSW Sydney

Presidents and speakers at the Meeting

Click here to view APM photos.
here to view program, list of participants and presentations.
Click here to view APRU video.

The Future of the Pacific and its Societies was the focus of the annual meeting of the presidents of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities at UNSW Sydney, 25-27 June, 2017. The meeting began with a briefing on the state of the Pacific Ocean and the implications for social equality and sustainability. Leading scientists and international policy leaders were invited to brief the presidents and senior international leaders on these emerging challenges and the actionable steps for universities. Over the three-day meeting, member universities agreed to address the science and policy challenges collectively to ensure the long-term well-being of one of the world’s most important resources.

03 August 2017
Published in APRU News

Results announced for 2017 Global Health Case Competition and Student Poster Contest

The APRU Global Health Program is delighted to announce the finalists in the 2017 APRU Global Health Virtual Case Competition and winners in the APRU Global Health Program Conference StudentPoster Contest

We congratulate ALL TEAMS for their fantastic and inspiring works. 

The finalists of the virtual case competition, with this year's theme "Promoting Smoke-Free Campuses in the Pacific Rim", were selected by a panel of APRU Global Health Program members and other global expert judges. Here are the three finalists of the 2017 Global Health Virtual Case Competition:

- University of Sydney
- University of Indonesia
- Thammasat University

The videos of the finalist teams will be shown at the 2017 APRU GH Program’s annual conference in Manila, the Philippines this October. The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$500 will be awarded.

View the case competition and video submissions

The winners of the student poster competition were judged by APRU Global Health Program members and a representative from the conference host university. Here are the winners of the APRU Global Health Program Conference Student Poster Contest:


- 1st Place: Taehyun Kim (Seoul National University)
- 2nd Place: Serge Jean Paul Ndashimye (University of Rwanda)
- 3rd Place: Haven Nisly, Ashen Parikh, & Audrey Nguyen (University of California, Los Angeles)


- 1st Place: Justin Trop (University of Southern California)
- 2nd Place: Fan-Ju Hsiao (National Taiwan University)
- 3rd Place: Nurul Syafika A.H. (University of Malaya)

All student posters will be presented at the APRU Global Health Program Conference.  


The 2017 APRU Global Health Conference will take place on October 16-19, hosted by the University of the Philippines in Manila. To take advantage of the early bird registration available until Aug 10 and for more information about the event visit the web page.

02 August 2017
Published in APRU News
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