Pacific Rim universities and the challenges of migration and diversity
Higher education leaders from across the Pacific Rim addressed migration, diversity and climate change at the 23rd APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting.
UCLA hosted the 23rd Annual Presidents’ Meeting (APM) of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) on June 23–25, 2019. Together with academic experts on migration and international public policy, these higher education leaders addressed — via keynotes and panel discussions — how best to respond to migration in the Asia-Pacific region and its relation to climate change, social justice concerns, the drive for equity and diversity on university campuses and rising barriers to international collaborative research.Created in Los Angeles in 1997 and boasting some 50 members, APRU is a network of leading Pacific Rim universities that engages in collaborative policy research, high-level exchanges and partnerships. Gene Block, APRU chair and UCLA chancellor, welcomed over 130 educators — including 24 university presidents, together with senior university leaders and other academics — from 17 Pacific Rim economies to the meeting, entitled “Universities in an Age of Global Migration.” The three-day meeting included a presidents’ working luncheon with remarks by President Se-Jung Oh of Seoul National University and Rector David Garza of Technológico de Monterrey (Mexico), a strategy session and presidential forum on equity and diversity, as well as business meetings on University e-Sports and the Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership initiative. As part of the APM, a UCLA Centennial Dinner celebrated UCLA’s past 100 years with messages and videos about how the university began, its next 100 years and its public service mission, as well as performances by the UCLA Global Jazz Studies Quartet.[caption id="attachment_2517" align="alignnone" width="500"] UCLA Global Jazz Studies Quartet plays at a Centennial dinner held at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center.[/caption]