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The 6th APRU Vice Presidents for Research Meeting 2024

Theme: Collaborative Research For A Better Future

The APRU Vice Presidents for Research Meeting brings together university leadership in strategic and 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.

Themed “Collaborative Research for A Better Future,” the 6th APRU Vice Presidents for Research Meeting will be held on April 21-23, 2024, at the University of Science and Technology. During the event, the participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss critical issues on capacity building and challenges on advancing emerging technologies research e.g. Artificial Intelligence, New Energy, Sustainable Technology
  • Strengthen university and industry collaboration in research.
  • Share your lessons and learn from other institutions about how to measure research impact.
  • Discuss the possibilities of the role and strategy of APRU for international research collaborations and identify strategies for leveraging the network.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the institutions in China and the strategic priorities and challenges of the host university.
  • Learn about fostering innovation within university institutions and engage in discussion about how to facilitate start-up incubation and technology commercialization.

Tentative Program (as of Jan 2024)


Sunday, April 21, 2024

Day 0 Arrival and Welcome




Arrival to hotel


Welcome Networking Reception and Informal Dinner

Venue:   LefuQiang Boyue Hotel, Hefei

Address: No. 229, Chuangxin Avenue, Shushan District, Hefei City, Anhui Province

Phone: 0551 6666 6969



Monday, April 22, 2024

Day 1


Venue: Gaoxin Campus, USTC, Hefei, China


Transportation from hotel to the meeting venue

9:00 – 9:10

Welcome by USTC

Meeting Chair: Prof. Jinlong Yang, Vice-President for International Affairs

Meeting Co-Chair: Prof. Kun Qu, Director of Office of International Cooperation



Presidential Welcome Address

Prof. Xinhe Bao, President of USTC

9:20 – 9:30


APRU Welcome and Strategic Overview

Prof Thomas Schneider, Chief Executive of APRU

9:30 -10:00

Keynote Address on Theme

Collaborative Research For A Better Future (Theme:  Carbon Neutrality)

Speaker: Prof. Xinhe Bao, President of USTC

10:00 – 10:15

Q&A Session

10:15 – 10:30

Group Photo

10:30 – 10:45

Morning Break 1

10:45 – 12:00


Panel Discussion I: Fostering Innovation at Universities for Impact

Innovation in higher education is imperative for adapting to change, driving economic growth, maintaining global competitiveness, addressing societal challenges, and preparing the next generation of leaders and thinkers, to solve complex problems.

This session will provide a platform for thought leaders and key decision-makers to unravel the complexities and explore strategies for nurturing a culture of innovation within universities, with the goal of achieving tangible societal and economic impact. What organizational structures and practices can universities implement to foster a culture that not only encourages but also thrives on innovation within students and also researchers? How can universities facilitate multidisciplinary research collaboration within the university, and how to measure research impact.  This diverse group of Vice Presidents of Research from universities across the Asia Pacific region will share insights and experiences in cultivating innovation ecosystems, highlight successful models of innovation, discuss how to evaluate and measure research impact, and share challenges they had overcome.

Panelist Speakers:

  • Dr Anders Karlsson, Vice President, Global Strategic Networks, Asia Pacific, Elsevier
  • Prof Mai Har Sham, Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President (Research), The Chinese University of Hong Kong


12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:45

Panel Discussion II: Advancing Research in Emerging Technologies


Emerging technologies represent the frontier of innovation, offering transformative potential across all sectors of society. Engaging in this dialogue ensures that we remain at the cutting edge of development while fostering a collaborative ecosystem that can drive sustainable progress and address humanity’s most pressing issues. This panel seeks to explore the multifaceted challenges and opportunities that come with pioneering research in rapidly developing technological fields such as artificial intelligence, sustainable energy and environmental technologies, and biotechnology, among others.

The panelist could share their university best case practices on the topic, how to build research capacity, secure funding, establish partnerships, and create the infrastructural backbone necessary for groundbreaking research.


Panelist Speaker:

  • Prof Byoung-Cheorl Kang, Vice President of Research Affairs, Seoul National University


14:45 – 15:00

Afternoon Break 1

15:00 – 16:15


Panel Discussion III: Strengthening University-Industry Collaboration

This dialogue is designed to dissect and discuss the strategic approaches and best practices for fostering robust partnerships between academia and industry.

As universities strive to translate academic research into real-world applications, the need for strong, mutually beneficial collaborations with industry is more pronounced than ever. This panel will explore how universities can effectively engage with industry partners, co-create knowledge, drive innovation, and shape the workforce of the future.

Panelists will unpack the dynamics of successful partnerships, address the challenges of aligning different cultures, and discuss mechanisms for sustainable collaboration. How can universities and industries bridge the gap between academic autonomy and commercial focus to achieve a common goal? What frameworks can be established to ensure that both universities and industries derive tangible value from their collaboration? What are the most effective strategies for managing intellectual property rights that respect both parties’ interests and facilitate technology transfer? What innovative models of university-industry collaboration could be developed to better address global challenges that require both advanced research and rapid application of solutions?

Panelist Speaker:

  • Prof Soojin Park, Vice President of Research and Industry Affairs, POSTECH


16:15 – 16:30

Afternoon Break 2

16:30 – 17:30

Campus Tour or Bilateral Discussion

17:30 – 17:45

Transportation to Hotel

18:00 – 20:00

Gala Dinner at hotel

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Day 2


9:30 – 10:45

Panel Discussion IV: Role of APRU in facilitating international research collaboration

 This panel will delve into APRU’s initiatives that facilitate cross-border research engagements and how these collaborations can be optimized to address shared challenges and leverage diverse strengths. The session aims to identify the ways APRU can strengthen its role as a catalyst for international research collaboration, creating a more integrated academic community within its members universities? How can APRU further develop its role as a hub for connecting researchers and institutions across members to foster a more collaborative research environment?


Panelist Speakers:

  • Prof Thomas Schneider, Chief Executive, APRU
  • Dr drg.Nurtami Sodearsono,Ph.d.,Sp.oF(K), Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, Universitas Indonesia

10:45 – 11:15

Morning Break 1

11:15 – 11:30

Closing Remarks by USTC

11:30 – 11:45

Closing remarks by APRU

Prof Thomas Schneider, Chief Executive of APRU

11:45 – 1:45

Lunch – Student Dance performance

14:00 – 16:00

Classical Chinese Cultural Activities, and Campus Tour


Join a cultural showcase by participating in a traditional Chinese Tea Art demonstration, observe a martial arts display, and enjoy a musical performance of the ancient Guqin instrument (Chinese Seven-String Instrument). Watch an engaging Huangmei Opera unique in the Anhui province in China, and take a guided tour of the USTC campus, blending research innovation with historical architecture.


Recommended Hotel for Vice Presidents for Research Meeting 2024


LEFUQIANG BOYUE HOTEL, Hefei  (合肥乐富强铂悦酒店)

Opened in 2020, The LEFUQIANG BOYUE HOTEL (合肥乐富强铂悦酒店)  is a great choice for guests looking for accommodation in Hefei. Boasting a convenient location, the hotel is just 10km from Hefei East Railway Station and 27km from Xinqiao International Airport.

Video and picture of the hotel:

Address: No. 229, Chuangxin Avenue, Shushan District, Hefei City, Anhui Province
酒店地址: 安徽省 · 合肥 · 蜀山区 · 创新大道229号
Phone: 0551 6666 6969



Special rates for Vice Presidents for Research Meeting 2024 delegates

Standard Double Bedroom

  • RMB ¥350 (service fee and tax included)
  • Daily buffet breakfast for one person
  • 35m2,located in the wing building



 Deluxe Select Kingsize Room

  • RMB ¥460 (service fee and tax included)
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 40m2,located in the main building



 Deluxe Suite

  • RMB ¥800 (service fee and tax included)
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 80m2,located in the main building



  • Fill in the hotel application form (download here) and pass to Joey Chu [email protected]. APRU and USTC staff will help reserve the rooms accordingly.
  • For any booking assistance and amendments of room check-in and out dates, please email to Ms Joey Chu [email protected].


  • Rates are per room per night and quoted in RMB.
  • Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 12noon the following day.
  • Rates include complimentary in-room wired internet and Wi-Fi access.
  • The guests will pay for accommodation fee upon check-in.
  • Booking can be cancelled without charge before 6pm (local time) 7 days before the check-in date.
  • Due to the limited availability of the special rates, you are strongly encouraged to book your accommodations early and no later than April 1, 2024.

The event is open for Vice Presidents for Research and/or nominated research leaders of APRU member universities only. Registration details have been circulated to the Senior International Leaders and International Officers of all APRU member universities in October 2023.   Please contact [email protected] if you require the registration link.

To arrive at USTC and Hefei, we recommend you transferring from Hong Hong, Shanghai or Beijing, as there could be more choices of travelling plans from these three metropolitan cities. Below you could find some examples of the trips from three cities to Hefei for your reference.

The schedule of the flights and train are subject to changes and for reference only.

From Hong Kong by plane

Please note there are direct flights operated by Chinese Eastern Airline every other day to and from Hefei.

From Shanghai

by plane


The timetable for the only flight operated by Chinese Eastern Airlines between Shanghai and Hefei is as it shows.

From Shanghai

by train


There are high-speed trains for you to choose from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Hefei South Railway Station or Hefei Railway Station, that can be as short as two hours, but please leave enough time for the transfer.

From Beijing

by plane


There are also more choices of flights from Beijing to Hefei. Simply choose the one that best suits your preference.

From Beijing

by train


There are high-speed trains for you to choose from Beijing South Railway Station to Hefei South Railway Station that can be as short as four hours, but please leave enough time for the transfer.




Joey Chu

Senior Manager, Events

[email protected]