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 Doctoral Students Conference, Zhejiang University, 23 - 27 November 2015

Students enrolled in a PhD program of an APRU member university are eligible to participate in the APRU Doctoral Students Conference, which is being hosted by Zhejiang University. Participants present their research papers and engage on a range of topics. Usng a multidisciplinary aproach, participants gain fresh perspectives and innovative ideas from peers from related or different fields of studies.

HIghlights of this years conference include: keynote and forums with distinguished faculty and experts; research presentations; group discussions on key challenges in PhD studies; and an Academic Publishing Seminar.

More information can be found here.

APRU Multi-Hazards Research Symposium, Kyoto University, 7 - 8 March 2016

The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was held in Sendai in March 2015, and a new international DRR framework called the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) was adopted at the Conference. SFDRR has four prioirity areas:

  • Understanding disaster risk;
  • Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk;
  • Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience; and
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness for an effective response and to "build back better" in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The APRU Multi-Hazards Research Symposium will be a two day symposium seeking to review each priority area and discuss the role of academia and researchers in implementing the SFDRR.  Those who wish to give an oral presentation are invited to submit an abstract of their presentation proposal (max. 50 words) by 16 October 2015.  Abstracts should be sent as attached Microsoft Word files to: