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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

The XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE)

The XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology

Envisioning Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures: Celebrating diversity, pursuing integration, and developing livable communities
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
November 28 – December 1, 2017

Society for Human Ecology (SHE) is an international interdisciplinary professional society that promotes the use of an ecological perspective in research, education, and application. The XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology is meant to be as broadly interdisciplinary as possible – bridging science, social science, and policy perspectives – with literature, humanities and creative arts. Like previous SHE meetings, it is intended to bring together a diverse group of educators, researchers and practitioners who utilize, or are interested in, interdisciplinary and ecological approaches to all aspects of human ecology education and research across a range of scales.

We look forward to a diverse and exciting program with an excellent range of speakers, symposia, roundtables, and individual presentations. Symposia and papers on the following themes are especially encouraged:

- Health, Aging, and Demographic Change
- Sustainable Cities and Landscapes
- Food and Water Systems
- Communities in Transition: Implications for rural resilience, biodiversity, and tourism

Papers on other aspects of human ecology education and research are encouraged.

For abstract submission and conference registration details, please visit the event webpage

27 July 2017
Published in APRU News

APEC International Workshop on Adaption to Population Aging Issues

APEC International Workshop on Adaption to Population Aging Issues
July 17 - 18, 2017, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

The APEC International Workshop will enable member economies to discuss general issues on Population Aging of the AEPC region. Participants from international organizations, NGOs and UN organizations will present on potential solutions to address these. The workshop will facilitate best practice sharing with the aim to support the development of appropriate policies in economies across the APEC region in relation to social security, health care and economic growth. Delegations from member economies will have the opportunity to hear from experts of member economies such as Japan, Australia, Korea and Canada addressing key areas of aging societies.

Professor Barbara Mcpake from the University of Melbourne and academic representative of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities will be talking at the workshop about financial resources for social protection systems in aging societies.

The outcome of the International Workshop will be submitted to the Health Working Group and provide input to the Health Policy Dialogue on Promoting Healthy Aging & NCDs Control and other related meetings in SOM 3, August 2017 in Ho Chi Ming City, Viet Nam.

05 July 2017
Published in APRU News

Winners announced for APRU-NYT Competition 2017

The inaugural APRU - The New York Times Case Competition attracted entries from some of the brightest minds in the Americas, Asia and Australasia to tackle a pressing issue: The Future of the Pacific Ocean.

Talented students from 12 nations and territories and 31 universities participated in the competition which was judged by senior university leaders and staff from The New York Times’ award-winning newsroom.  Students were tasked to focus a policy response to the complexities of climate change in 800 words.

Chancellor Gene Block, APRU Chair, announced the winners and short-listed competitors at the APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting in Sydney on June 26, 2017.


The winners of this year’s competition are Katherine Crosman, Leah Johnson, Eleni Petrou and Hillary Scannell, from The University of Washington in Seattle. The 1st Runner Up is Stephanie Chee from the Yale-NUS College while the 2nd Runner Up is Nicole Lim from the National University of Singapore.  Coming from both sides of the Pacific Ocean, they demonstrate the importance of this issue to diverse communities linked by this great ocean.

The prize for the winners and the 1st Runner up is US$500 and US$300 in vouchers respectively and publication of the case as an article in the international edition of The New York Times.  A booklet of the top 10 entries will also be published in July 2017.

View the winners and shortlist of top 10 teams

By engaging students in a case competition which aims to brief public policy leaders, APRU hopes to strengthen long-term leadership of climate change mitigation and adaptation, ocean sustainability and governance, disaster science and recovery as well as oceanographic and environmental research and education.

As the voice of knowledge and innovation in the Pacific, APRU will continue to use our unique geographical reach to bring together the region’s leaders and brightest minds to address the future of the world’s greatest ocean.

See compilation of the top 10 case submissions at:

29 June 2017
Published in APRU News

APRU's Voluntary Commitments for SDG 14

APRU network of experts, future leaders and policy makers addressing the health of the Pacific Ocean and its marine and coastal resources

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is committed to raising awareness and addressing major challenges affecting the health of the Pacific Ocean and its marine and costal resources. We will achieve this by developing an effective network platform, connecting latest research and science with policy makers and international partners while encouraging future leaders to take on these challenges.

As the main network of leading universities linking Asia, Oceania and the Americas, APRU is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century. 

Over the past year APRU has implemented the following initiatives with the aim of supporting the SDG14:

- an international case competition reaching out to over two million students in the Asia-Pacific in partnership with The New York Times, to raise awareness on the impact of climate change on the Pacific Ocean.

- active engagement with UN initiatives and APEC working groups, committing resources and contributing research expertise to address key challenges of the Pacific Ocean.

To protect the Pacific Ocean and its coastal and marine biodiversity, APRU sees a need for Asia-Pacific research experts and higher education institutions to work collaboratively with governments, industry and civil society to create a connected, multidisciplinary approach to support the implementation of SDG14. 


1) raising awareness and encouraging future leaders in the Asia-Pacific to engage with problems the Pacific Ocean faces through annual student-focused activities in collaboration with international partners. 

2) supporting capacity building across the Asia-Pacific by developing a network of research centers and experts across disciplines, facilitating best practice sharing and cross disciplinary collaborations.

3) building an effective platform connecting latest research and experts across the Asia-Pacific with policy makers and international organizations actively facilitating policy development and implementation.

See more at:

07 June 2017
Published in APRU News

Restored ocean will alleviate poverty, provide jobs and improve global health, finds new report

A healthy ocean will benefit global sustainable development in a number of ways, finds a new report published today by the Nereus Program, a collaboration between the Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia. With climate change and social inequity addressed, restoring the ocean will help alleviate poverty, provide livelihoods, and improve the health of millions around the world.

“The challenges—both environmental and socioeconomic—that confront our oceans have reached a critical level,” said Yoshitaka Ota, Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program Director of Policy. “This report demonstrates how ocean sustainability holds the key not only to our future prosperity but also for our survival from a comprehensive science-based perspective.” READ MORE.

University of British Columbia and the University of Washington, both members of APRU, are part of the Nereus Program. Professor Ota, Director of Policy, and Dr William Cheung, Director of Science, Nereus Program, will be speaking about Climate Change and Social Equity, and Pacific Ocean Sustainability at the upcoming APRU 21st Annual Presidents’ Meeting and Presidential Meeting.

05 June 2017
Published in APRU News