Association of Pacific Rim Universities

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.



APRU Ageing in the Asia-Pacific Research Symposium, UNSW, 27 - 30 Setember 2015

The APRU Population Ageing Research Hub aims to connect leading population ageing experts across the APRU network; to share best practice and showcase research; to engage with governments and industry; and to stimulate new and relevant research collaboration amongst the early career research community.

Hosted by UNSW and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, this three day event will comprise keynote speakers, contributed papers, a PhD workshop, and a special session devoted to stakeholder engagement with the issue.

More information can be found here.

Multi-Hazards Summer School 2015, Tohoku University, 21 - 24 July 2015

To mark the second anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, APRU and Tohoku University launched the APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Program in April 2013. The Program builds upon the strengths of ten APRU Multi-Hazards Symposiums over the past decade in countries spanning the Pacific Ring of Fire.

The Multi-Hazards Summer School consists of a 3-day seminar and a site visit to the affected area impacted by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

The major objectives of the 2015 Multi-hazards Summer School are to:
  • Understand the mechanism of the international DRR strategy through the Sendai Framework for DRR which is a new international framework adopted at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNWCDRR);
  • Learn from the experiences and recovery process of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
More information can be found here.

Asia-Pacific Student Leaders Forum, 8 - 10 June 2015

The Asia Pacific Student Leaders Forum (APSLF) 2015 aims to provide university students, administrators and policy makers with a platform to discuss and collaboratively address pertinent social issues in the Pacific Rim.  Hosted by the National University of Singapore, and with the theme Beyond the Ivory Tower: University Social Responsibility, APSLF 2015 will focus on various social issues such as education, unemployment, poverty and income inequality, youth and ageing population, environemntal issues and health.

The forum will feature dynamic group discussions among student leaders working on project proposals that could be implemented at their home institutions or communities.

The forum will also feature plenary sessions and keynote addresses by social entrepeneurs, innovators and policy makers from Singapore and overseas.

More information can be found here.