VPs for Research Meeting

The Vice Presidents for Research platform aims to bring together university leadership in strategic and sustainable collaborative research.  Through this platform, APRU’s VPs for Research network addresses critical issues in the future of research universities, policies, funding, technological transfer and enterprise in research-intensive universities in the Pacific Rim.

Vice Presidents for Research Meeting 2017

The Third APRU Vice Presidents for Research Meeting 2017, hosted by Nanjing University, will be held from 19 to 22 May 2017 in Nanjing, China.

Themed “Enhancing the Role of Universities in Fueling Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, this meeting will address the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship which tops the development priority of many of our member universities.Prominent speakers from government, academia and research community will be invited to share with participants their insights on this front, and how APRU as an alliance of 45 research-led universities can be a facilitator. It is also a valuable opportunity for participants to share their experience across geographic and cultural borders and learn from the best practices of their peers. 

Proposed discussion topics include:

  1. Promoting technology transfer in universities and university-based research centers: how technology can benefit the society
  2. Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship education: curriculum design and the role of teachers
  3. Measurement of input of efforts and outcomes in innovation and entrepreneurship
  4. Different education models for innovation and entrepreneurship
  5. Fundamentals of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in universities
  6. Best practices of students’ business start-ups

Vice Presidents for Research Meeting 2016

[Photo: Tecnológico de Monterrey]

Enhancing Asia-Pacific Research Collaboration to Solve Global Challenges 

Around 30 Vice-Presidents for Research, research leaders and administrators from  APEC economies gathered on the campus of Tecnológico de Monterrey from 9 to 10 November 2016 for the 2nd APRU Vice Presidents for Research Meeting.

The two-day meeting addressed the common challenges facing APRU universities, making specific reference to Latin America. Topics discussed included:

- Global programs for research talent development
- Technology-based entrepreneurship
- International research collaborations
- Intellectual property policy
- Challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region and capabilities of APRU members
- Institutional strategic alliances
APRU Impact Report

Prof Arturo Molina, Tecnológico de Monterrey, welcomed delegates to meeting. [Photo: Tecnológico de Monterrey]

Dr Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General, updated delegates on the latest development of APRU. [Photo: Tecnológico de Monterrey]

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Vice-Presidents for Research shared their insights on various research issues. (L-R: Prof Flavio Salazar, University of Chile; Prof Nicholas Fisk, UNSW Australia; Prof Sandra Brown, University of California, San Diego) [Photo: Tecnológico de Monterrey]

‘APRU has a Role in Enhancing Research Intensity and Entrepreneurial Performance’ say Vice-Presidents for Research

Meeting for the first time at UNSW Australia, APRU Vice Presidents for Research were engaged in a highly-interactive two-day dialogue on enhancing research intensity and entrepreneurial performance, led by Professor Les Field, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President.

APRU VPs acknowledged the importance of maintaining the balance between fundamental, “blue sky” research and industry-driven research. It was equally important for research leaders to reduce barriers to inter-disciplinary research, and incentivise faculty to work together. To this end, facilitating an environment conducive to excellent humanities and social sciences research, alongside Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM), would be crucial to equalizing opportunities for faculty to work jointly across disciplines.

It was also agreed that research universities would have to measure impact more holistically. Awards and promotions for unique strength areas and contributions to society would better indicate the research university’s real value.

Group photo of Vice Presidents for Research outside the UNSW Council Chambers. [Photo courtesy of UNSW Australia]

Key challenges of research universities identified by VPs included:
- Identifying niche areas of research excellence;
- Encouraging mission-driven and inter-disciplinary research;
- IP and regulatory frameworks;
- Managing university-industry relationships;
- Talent recruitment and accessibility;
- Funding and incentivizing research; and
- Scalability and translating innovation towards the betterment of society.

These challenges were contextualized through an overview of the Australasian research landscape, international science diplomacy, and funding collaboration. Invited speakers from Japan, U.S. and Australia included Dr Yuichiro Anzai (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Dr William Colgalzier (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and Professor Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer.

Dr Anzai demonstrated through case studies how academics can collaborate across national borders on global issues. He highlighted opportunities offered to APRU members and the network by JSPS to work jointly on areas such as population, ageing and infectious diseases. Dr Colglazier underscored the need for international collaboration in science diplomacy and how scientists, research universities and national governments could shape public and foreign policy.

Professor Mary O'Kane outlined the role of research universities in driving innovation and research output. She felt it was important to communicate evidence-based research in policy debates and practices. In her view, VPs for Research were charged with the important task of brokering complex relationships between academia and policy.


Australian VIP speaker Professor Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer. [Photo courtesy of UNSW Australia]


UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) & Vice-President Professor Les Field,
and APRU Secretary General Dr Christopher Tremewan addressing VPs for Research.
[Photo courtesy of UNSW Australia]

APRU Secretary General Dr Christopher Tremewan shared with VPs an outline of APRU’s upcoming Impact Report, a strategic publication of APRU member universities’ niche strengths and capacities, as well as trends in higher education in the region. VPs showed strong support for the report in line with efforts to engage governments and build partnerships with international foundations as a network. With APRU’s participation and observer status in APEC regional meetings, VPs recognised research areas in the Asia Pacific region where APRU could add value, namely, in ageing, multi-hazards, migration, urbanisation, climate science and sustainable resource management.

Vice Presidents for Research Meeting 2015

The inaugural Vice Presidents for Research Meeting will be hosted by UNSW Australia from November 18 to 20, 2015.  The meeting provides the opportunity for participants to discuss common challenges and share solutions. Leading international speakers will resource the meeting discussions and topics expected to be covered include open access data, research integrity, defence trade controls, intellectual property, global rankings and benchmarking, infrastructure and international collaboration in APRU.

The event will commence with a welcome reception on the evening of November 18 (Wednesday) and end late afternoon of November 20 (Friday). For further information, please see the following website: https://research.unsw.edu.au/apru-vice-presidents-research-meeting-2015

Program schedule (as at November 6, 2015)
Registration (October 30, 2015 deadline - registration closed)

Accommodation is made available at special rates at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney for the nights of November 18, 19 and 20.  Information and room reservation links are found here (downloadable in PDF file format).  For enquiries on room reservations, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Four Seasons Hotel.

The VPs for Research Meeting is an opportunity for research leaders and senior administrators of 45 leading research universities to evaluate trends and opportunities as well as to share issues of most concern to them in their specific contexts. 

Participants can expect dialogue with prominent speakers from the research community, industry and academic leadership.  Confirmed speakers for the event include E. William Colglazier of the American Association for Advancement of Science and Yuichiro Anzai of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

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Dr. E. William Colglazier is Visiting Scientist and Senior Scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and works primarily to support science diplomacy and international collaboration and cooperation in science and technology. He served as the fourth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014. His role was to provide scientific and technical expertise and advice in support of the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

Dr. Colglazier will be addressing APRU VPs for Research on "The Role of Universities in Advancing Diplomacy, Advising Governments, and Contributing to Sustainability".
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Dr. Yuichiro Anzai is President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan’s representative government-supported research funding agency. Dr. Anzai also serves as a member of the Council for Science and Technology and Chairperson of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Anzai was President of Keio University. Prior to that, he was Dean of the School of Science Technology (1993 to 2001) and Professor of Computer Science (starting in 1988) at Keio. He also served as President of APRU, and Chairperson of the Central Council for Education. 

Dr. Anzai will speak on "Research Funding for International Collaboration and International Collaboration for Research Funding: Towards the Future".
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