ANU hosts Pacific Rim university presidents

27 June 2014

Eighteen university presidents from as far afield as China, Russia and the United States gathered in Canberra for the annual Association of Pacific Rim Presidents Meeting, hosted this year by ANU.

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is an alliance of leading research universities of the Pacific Rim established in 1997. Forty-five universities from the Americas, Asia, and Australasia are members, including ANU.

It is only the second time the presidents meeting has taken place in Australia.

Incoming Chair of APRU, University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias said that the meeting was beneficial for all the participants.

"It is a forum to get to know one another and to understand each others' challenges and opportunities. It was a real eye-opener learning about education reform in Australia. It was good to see similarities and differences," he said.

"The value isn't just the sessions and opportunities for collaboration, but the exchange of information and ideas between the presidents. On behalf of everyone who was at the meeting, I want to say thank you for organization of the meeting and the great job for ANU did."