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(L-R) Keith Wong (APRU) signing the MOU with Prof Biao Jiang (CAS).

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the cooperation in science, technology and innovation between the Innovation Cooperation Centre (Bangkok), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS-ICC) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) was signed today by Prof Biao Jiang, Vice President of Shanghai Advanced Research Institute and Mr Keith Wong, Director (APRU International Secretariat).

APRU and the CAS-ICC recognize the importance of strengthening the cooperation and partnership between the two organizations based on the recent global and regional development, particularly the One Belt One Road Initiative incorporating the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road proposed by China.

“APRU is looking forward to discuss opportunities for cooperation which are mutually beneficial to CAS-ICC and our members”, said Dr Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General. Some opportunities include the development of exchange opportunities for scholars and students for training and scholarly activities and networking, promotion and implementation of joint research and development projects.

Both organizations will discuss and establish cooperative mechanisms to support joint capacity building and identify areas and proposal for future cooperation.

CAS and APRU delegates at the MOU signing ceremony.

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS):
Prof Biao JIANG, Vice President of Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) – Head of delegation
Dr ZongHai WANG, Director of the Incubation Centre, SARI, CAS;
Dr JunWei WANG, Deputy Director of Innovation Cooperation Centre (Bangkok), CAS;
Dr ZiFeng YANG, Project Overseer of the APEC PO Office, CAS

Dr Christopher TREMEWAN, Secretary General, APRU
Mr Keith WONG, Director (International Secretariat), APRU
Ms Christina SCHÖNLEBER, Deputy Director, APRU

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18 January 2017
Published in APRU News

Can looking at art make for better doctors?

(Photo: Jodie Hutchinson)

Can looking at art make for better doctors
By Heather Gaunt
Curator of Academic Programs at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

In 1984, artist Jon Cattapan’s sister Adriana died in a car accident. His painting, titled Sister, and some accompanying drawings, were a response to this tragedy. Sister depicts a grey-shrouded body lying on a bright red structure. Behind it are five figures in two separate groups. One represents living relatives and friends; the other, the spiritual world.

Sister’s distorted figures reflect Cattapan’s interest in primitivism and animism. Its colours and twisted forms project his anguish, and express the heightened intensity of the state of grieving. Cattapan has written about the disorientation experienced in grieving and also how the “topsy-turvy” space in all the Sister images represents his sister’s schizophrenia.

One day, a few months ago, a group of third year medical students spent a long time looking at these works, which were on display at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University.

They were encouraged by the Museum’s Academic Programs Curator to describe aspects of the painting as objectively as possible - its style, colours, content. Then they began to share their personal interpretations of the narrative.

Read full article at The Conversation

22 December 2016
Published in APRU News

Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network Meeting 2017

Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network Meeting 2017
20 – 22 February 2016, University of Hong Kong

The second APRI Network Meeting 2017 is co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong and the University of California, San Diego and will be held in Hong Kong from the 20 - 22 February.

Research by scientists, engineers, and other scholars is essential to the future of our communities, but the integrity of research is increasingly challenged by misconduct, misinformation, and inadequate training and mentoring. To meet these challenges, leaders from many nations have created the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network.

16 December 2016
Published in APRU News

2016 APRU – IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School Report

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This year’s Multi-Hazards Summer School was titled: “Handing down disaster experience and lessons-learnt to the next generation”Download the report to find out how the 2016 summer school met its core objectives.

07 December 2016
Published in APRU News

APRU Secretary General hosts Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, former Vice-Chancellor and President of HKU

On 25 November 2016, Dr Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, and the Director, Mr Keith Wong, met with Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, Founding President of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong and former Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Hong Kong. They discussed ways APRU could aid with promoting the development and advancement of science and technology in Hong Kong, raising the city’s profile as a centre of scientific excellence and a regional higher education hub. Dr Tremewan described the meeting with Professor Tsui as an excellent dialouge on future collaboration between APRU and the Academy.

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28 November 2016
Published in APRU News

APRU Experts from 4 continents attended and contributed to APEC Quality Assurance Workshop

Expert colleagues from the University of Oregon, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, University of Indonesia and Australian National University attended and contributed to the APEC Quality Assurance Education Workshop. The workshop was held in Bali from 1-3 November 2016 and hosted by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Higher education quality is a priority area for policy makers, accreditation agencies, regulators and higher education institutions of the region. The workshop provided an important forum to develop a shared understanding of the opportunities and challenges of online higher education delivery and to gain a better understanding of the different approaches to its quality assurance across the APEC region.

New forms of technology are increasingly being used by institutions both for domestic and cross border delivery, creating teaching and learning opportunities with significant benefits for diverse groups of students. Other benefits include meeting new labour force requirements, facilitating the formation of global partnerships between education institutions and increasing student mobility.

Bringing together experts from academia, government and agencies from across the Asia-Pacific region provided a platform to feed their experience and expertise into the development of a draft toolkit for quality assurance of online education. The intention is to work with APEC economies and experts to refine and finalise the tool kit before seeking its endorsement by the APEC Education Network.

Click here to view Workshop Program
Click here to view QA Education Discussion Paper

26 November 2016
Published in APRU News