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PECC Singapore Conference on New Priorities of Regional Economic Integration


PECC Singapore Conference on New Priorities of Regional Economic Integration — Mandate for APEC, 10-11 February 2014, Singapore

The conference was opened by the Singapore Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Lim Hng Kiang, and co-organized by the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation and the China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation. APRU was represented by Secretary General Chris Tremewan.

Panel discussions on regional strategy, economic outlook, connectivity and mechanisms for economic integration in Asia Pacific were attended by experts and stakeholders who shared their views on how APEC can play a role in managing the changes.  More information on the conference can be found here.

20 April 2014
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UBC Board appoints Dr. Arvind Gupta president and vice chancellor


A renowned expert in research and innovation policy who has forged close collaborations between universities, civil society and business has been appointed the 13th president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Arvind Gupta is currently chief executive officer and scientific director of Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization recognized internationally for nurturing the next generation of research and business-savvy innovators. Gupta succeeds Professor Stephen Toope, who completes his eight years’ service on June 30, 2014.  Gupta will become president on July 1 for a five-year term, while retaining his position at UBC as professor of computer science.

Source: UBC News

Read the full article at: UBC News (March 2014)

01 April 2014
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APEC to recognize 'intelligent transportation' innovator

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APEC to recognize 'intelligent transportation' innovator

Issued by the APEC Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation

Singapore, 13 Feb 2014 - APEC has opened the nomination period for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research, and Education, also known as the ASPIRE Prize, which in 2014 will honor a young scientist whose work has made an outstanding contribution to ‘intelligent transportation.’

The theme reflects APEC member economies’ focus on improving regional connectivity further during China’s year as APEC chair, including joint work on infrastructure development and the promotion of sustainable transportation solutions.

It was selected in recognition of the bigger influence transportation is exerting on economic growth, environmental protection and people’s livelihoods as more APEC economies face rapid urbanization.

24 February 2014
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Introducing the APRU Global Health Program Newsletter

Read the APRU Global Health Program Newsletter Issue #1 here.

13 February 2014
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APRU at the UNESCO-APEID Consultative Meeting


The consultative meeting of UNESCO-APEID (Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development) programmes took place in Bangkok, Thailand, 19-21 November, with government officials, academia, non-profit specialists and experts from APEID member states, associated members and regional partners discussing the further development of goals and priorities in higher education governance, teacher education and ICT education.  APRU was represented as an official observer by Secretary General, Dr Christopher Tremewan and Director (Higher Eduction), Ms Jacquelline Heng.  The Secretary General gave a presentation on APRU and its main strategies and programs which operate in tandem with APEID’s priorities.  As part of APRU’s capacity-building, this is a preliminary step towards engaging UNESCO through APEID policy discussions in regional higher education and innovative teaching and learning.

26 November 2013
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