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Universities of the Asia Pacific prepare to lead in Fourth Industrial Revolution

University Presidents join business leaders and policymakers to tackle critical skills shortage in Data Science & Analytics (DSA) and support regional competitiveness In Fourth Industrial Revolution

Da Nang, Vietnam, November 8, 2017—The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), a network of leading universities in the APEC region, today announced that it would partner with APEC’s Project DARE (Data science and Analytics Raising Employment) to bridge the looming skills gap in Data Science & Analytics (DSA).

“The lack of DSA skills currently sits on top of the skills shortage in the APEC region not just in terms of the size of the gap but also its essential role in driving artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems that are at the center of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the future of work and the future of global prosperity” said Clay Stobaugh, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of global research and learning company Wiley, a co-Chair of APEC Project DARE. Project DARE will benefit from the leadership of APRU and its members in addressing this skill gap, leveraging the APEC platform to bring universities together with industry.”

APRU Secretary General Dr. Chris Tremewan announced the Project DARE collaboration during the inaugural APEC University Leaders Forum, which took place immediately prior to today’s kick off of the 2017 APEC CEO Summit. Organized by APRU, this year’s Forum focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, convening leading academic, industry and government leaders to address sustainability and skills challenges facing the region. According to Dr. Tremewan, the Forum reflects the organization’s commitment to “building the infrastructure” necessary to link academia to the business and policy communities to jointly solve urgent challenges of our time.

08 November 2017
Published in APRU News

Sincere condolences to our colleagues and friends in Mexico

September 19, 2017: Sincere condolences to our colleagues and friends in Mexico 

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities, which is now holding a meeting of its senior international leaders in Monterrey, Mexico, wishes to express sincere condolences to our colleagues and friends in Mexico in the aftermath of today’s earthquake which has hit Mexico City and other communities.  We mourn the tragic loss of life and offer our support to our APRU sister university in Mexico (ITESM), its faculty and students and their families.

- Cindy Fan, University of California Los Angeles; Jiro Kokuryo, Keio University; and Christopher Tremewan, APRU International Secretariat

19 September 2017
Published in APRU News

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.

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"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."

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24 August 2017
Published in APRU News
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