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The Dynamic Diversity of the Asia-Pacific

APRU held a session on 21 February at the AIEA Conference 2017 on the evidence base for the impact of research universities on global issues. Entitled ‘The Dynamic Diversity of the Asia-Pacific’, the session facilitated a discussion on strategies for demonstrating universities contribution to society and the value of networks as a mechanism for doing this. A broader view of internationalization was argued for and the APRU Impact Report explained and debated. Prof Cindy Fan, UCLA, Prof Dennis Galvan, University of Oregon and Dr Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General gave presentations at the session.

22 February 2017
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2017 AIEA Annual Conference

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Professor Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, UCLA and APRU IPAC Co-chair and Secretary General Christopher Tremewan hosted APRU delegates attending the 2017 AIEA Annual Conference to a breakfast meeting on 20 February.

The News Update and APRU Calendar of Activities for 2017 is attached.

21 February 2017
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APRU–The New York Times Case Competition


The inaugural APRU-The New York Times Case Competition brings together the best minds from universities in the Asia-Pacific region to solve a pressing issue: The Future of the Pacific Ocean.

For this international competition, student teams will be asked to write an 800-word policy brief on climate change and the future of the Pacific Ocean, which will be the “wake-up call” described in the accompanying NYTimes article. The winning entry will be published in The New York Times International Edition.

For more details, please see

13 February 2017
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APRU Presidents in US and Canada Respond to Executive Order

APRU members in the United States (US) and Canada are deeply concerned about the recent US Presidential Executive Order on immigration.

Below are statements made by these APRU members in response to this policy. This list is not all-inclusive and is being updated on a regular basis.  

California Institute of Technology
President Thomas F. Rosenbaum’s statement on the Executive Order

Stanford University
Stanford’s support for our international and undocumented community

University of British Columbia
UBC Statement in Response to U.S. Executive Order

University of California
UC Office of the President Statement on President Trump's Executive Order (signed by all University of California presidents/chancellors)
Guidance for the UC Community on the Executive Order Affecting Visa Processes and Entry into the United States

University of California, Berkeley
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks' Statement Regarding Federal Executive Order Restricting Immigration

University of California, Davis
Chancellor Ralph Hexter Statement: ‘We Embrace Scholars and Workers of All Backgrounds and Ideals
UC Davis Global Affairs website

University of California, Irvine
Chancellor Howard Gillman's Guidance on the Executive Order Affecting Visa Processes and Entry into the United States

University of California, Los Angeles
Message from Chancellor Gene Block, APRU Chair, and EVC Scott Waugh on Immigration Executive Order

University of California, Santa Barbara
‘We Stand Ready to Help’: A message from Chancellor Henry T. Yang on the executive order restricting immigration

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
UH Keeping Close Watch on Impact of U.S. Travel Restrictions

University of Oregon
President Michael H. Schill and Provost Scott Coltrane Joint Letter: UO Values Global Engagement and Our International Scholars

University of Southern California
Supporting Our International Community

University of Washington
President Ana Marie Cauce's Message: Supporting Our International Scholars and Students


Other related articles:
California universities protest Trump immigration order, offer help to students and faculty
‘A stunning violation of our deepest American values’: Universities respond to Trump’s immigration order
Princeton, Harvard, and dozens of other top American colleges delivered Trump a searing letter accusing him of 'staining the country's reputation'

06 February 2017
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APRU Global Health Publication on the Atlas of Science

APRU Global Health (GH) Program’s research entitled “Training the next generation of global health leaders in the Pacific Rim” was published on the Atlas of Science, signaling the growing importance of research in the area of public health in Pacific Rim communities.

Through interaction with public policy and media, the APRU GH Program, led by Dr Mellissa Withers at the USC Institute for Global Health, aims to leverage the global health education and research of Asia-Pacific universities to address global health issues.

Click here to view the full article on the Atlas of Science.

27 January 2017
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APRU China Roundtable Meeting

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The International Secretariat hosted a roundtable for APRU’s China members on 9-10 January 2017. The discussion was most helpful in celebrating APRU’s headquarters location in China and in setting out ways in which the organisation can bring more value to its China members.


Ms Ann TANG, Deputy Director, Foreign Affairs Office, Fudan University
Dr Eden WOON, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, HKUST
Dr Timothy SZE, Head of Mainland Affairs, HKUST
Prof PU Lijie, Associate Vice President, Nanjing University
Mrs XU Xin, Deputy Section Chief for International Exchange, Nanjing University
Dr XIA Hongwei, Director, Office of International Relations, Peking University
Mr ZHANG Jian, Assistant Dean (Global partnerships, International Office), Tsinghua University
Mr XIA Guangzhi, Associate Dean, External & Public Relations and Information Services, Tsinghua University Graduate School at Shenzhen
Prof John KAO, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global), The University of Hong Kong
Mr JIANG Jiajie, Vice Director, Office of International Cooperation, University of Science and Technology of China
Prof LI Min, Deputy Director, Office of International Relations, Zhejiang University
Dr Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, APRU International Secretariat
Mr Keith Wong, Director, APRU International Secretariat
Ms Christina Schönleber, Deputy Director, APRU International Secretariat
Mr Daniel Liew, Honorary General Council, APRU International Secretariat
Ms Florence Chan, Office Manager/EA to Secretary General, APRU International Secretariat

18 January 2017
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