Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is an alliance of leading research universities of the Pacific Rim established in 1997. This Association was envisioned by four Californian university leaders: President Steven B. Sample of the University of Southern California, Chancellor Charles Young of University of California, Los Angeles, President Thomas Everhart of California Institute of Technology and Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien of University of California, Berkeley.
The consortium aims to foster cooperation in education, research and enterprise, thereby contributing to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement of the Pacific Rim. It also aims to promote scientific, educational and cultural collaboration among Pacific Rim economies. In both its objectives and guiding principles, APRU embodies a commitment to global academic and research standards.
APRU recognises that its activities can be powerful catalysts for expanding educational, economic and technological cooperation among Pacific Rim economies. The association seeks to promote dialogue and collaboration between academic institutions in the Pacific Rim so that they can become effective players in today's global knowledge economy.
APRU currently consists of 45 prominent institutions from the Americas, Asia, and Australasia. This Association provides the opportunity for a diverse network of research universities to come together for the advancement of Asia-Pacific Higher Education.