About SILM 2023
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The Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean on earth, connects dozens of economies, as a vast space of intercontinental and transnational trade and transport. At the same time, the seas and lands of the Pacific represent an unparalleled resource of natural and cultural diversity, cherished and exploited by different political powers throughout history. At present, the region’s biodiversity is at risk through urbanization, deforestation, and the overuse of natural resources.

Since the 1990s, the Asia-Pacific region has been exposed to the single most significant accumulation of natural disasters. Among the consequences of climate-related hazards including droughts, extreme temperatures, seasonal floods and storms are displacements – with over 150 million people, the Asia-Pacific region recorded the highest number of new displacements between 2008 and 2019. Other factors such as food insecurity, high water stress, poverty, inequality, and unplanned and rapid urbanization add to the vulnerability of populations across the Asia-Pacific.

The theme of this meeting, One Pacific, gives expression to the fact that the multiple challenges facing the Asia-Pacific are all interrelated, as are the fates of its civilizations, and the opportunities that the Pacific holds for the future. The meeting will explore the range of issues facing the Asia-Pacific and what role higher education and university collaboration can play in resolving them.

This meeting is an opportunity for senior international leaders to help develop the APRU vision of One Pacific and explore the network’s role in the Future of Higher Education in our region. We will learn about the actions and impact of our working groups and focus on how our universities can guide and support their future priorities.

The whole meeting is designed for dialogue and participants will have time for informal networking.

Four Points by Sheraton, Central Park (4.5*)


Address: 88 Broadway, Sydney, NSW 2008, Australia   
Website: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/sydcf-four-points-sydney-central-park
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King Superior Room

Breakfast can be booked at the hotel at AUD $35 and settled when departure.

Reservation: Click here to reserve your accommodation. Credit card is required to secure your booking.

 Please reserve your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Special group rate has been fully booked, therefore please book the hotel with the price on website.


Please contact Reservations Manager of the hotel: Ms Cicilia Chan-Gunawan at [email protected]


For APRU Senior International Leaders Meeting attendees staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Central Park Hotel, we recommend the following transport options from Sydney International Airport:



Journey time:    20-25 minutes

Estimated Cost: AUD$35 – 45

Taxis are available at Sydney International Airport. The estimated fare for the trip to Four Points is $35-45. If you need assistance, kerbside supervisors can also organise taxis with wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage. For more information, visit the Sydney Airport website



Journey time:    20-25 minutes

Estimated Cost: AUD$30 – 55

Request a ride from your preferred rideshare service and get picked up from Sydney Airport. Simply send the request once you’ve exited the terminal, and your driver will meet you at the Priority Pick-up Zone outside the International terminal. Fares to Four Points Hotel vary depending on the selected vehicle option and travel time.

Use the Uber Fare Estimator to get estimated prices.

Ola also provides rideshare services to and from Sydney Airport.



Journey time:    40-50 minutes (including wait time and walk from Central Station)

Estimated Cost: AUD$18 – 21

Central Train Station is located 13 minutes by train from Sydney Airport. From Central Station, you can walk to the Four Points Hotel in approximately 10 minutes. Trains depart approximately every 10 minutes. The station is located at the northern end of the international terminal and accessible from the Arrivals level. To purchase a train ticket, you can either purchase an Opal Card from the station or WH Smith shop, or you can tap on with your Amex, Visa or Mastercard. For more information, including fares, maps, timetable changes and travel planners, visit the Airport Link website.

APRU delegates are also invited to join the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit 2023 and the Sydney Global Partnership Summit held immediately following the SILM:


THE World Academic Summit (26-28 September 2023)

The Summit entitled “Collaborating for greatness in a multidisciplinary world” will examine the role of higher education, industry and policy thought-leaders in diversifying and broadening ambitions and approaches to current global education systems. 

Read more at: https://www.timeshighered-events.com/world-academic-summit-2023

APRU delegates will enjoy a 50% discount on the published registration fee for the THE World Academic Summit. To take advantage of this opportunity, register at Home | THE World Academic Summit 2023 (timeshighered-events.com)


Sydney Global Partnership Summit (28-29 September, 2023)

The Sydney Global Partnership Summit is the annual gathering of the USYD’s global partners.  This year it will also be opened to all APRU delegates. Themed “Universities and the SDGs: a half-time report”, the summit will review the progress universities have made in tackling UN’s SDGs halfway through their lifespan. Delegates will share on what strategies have been effective; what successes can be reported; and what more universities can do to achieve impact by 2030.

All APRU SILM delegates are welcomed to join the Sydney Global Partnership Summit, please find the invitation and program at https://apru.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Sydney-Summit-Invitation-Letter.pdf

And register at https://sydunievents.swoogo.com/sydneysummit3/begin 

Please indicate your interest to join the other meetings at THE World Academic Summit 2023 (qualtrics.com)

Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

The registration of the event is closed now. Please contact [email protected] for enquiry.


Ms Elaine Hung, APRU International Secretariat

Email: [email protected]