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.

 

Opportunities

The 10th Annual Siam Physics Congress, 20 - 22 May 2015

APRU is proud to support a panel at the Siam Physics Congress 2015 with the theme Learning Science in Asia Pacific Rim.  The panel theme was conceived from the idea of connecting curiosity in science, the natural environment and new media resources on scientific discoveries to formal science education and literacy.

The panel seeks to address topics in teaching and curriculum development, active learning and the use of technologies in teaching and learning science and physics.

The Siam Physics Congress, initiated in 2006 by the Thai Physics Society, aims to bring together national and international physicists, physics teachers, technologists, young scientists, as well as those who are interested in physics from a variety of fields, giving them opportunities to share and exchange their opportunities to share and exchange their experiences.

Co-organised by Chulalongkorn University and the Thai Physics Society, the conference theme for 2015 marks the 100th year of discovery of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity and the 80th anniversary of the first Thai Physics Graduates.

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.