Steering Committee Elections at Annual Presidents Meeting

APRU held its 11th Annual Presidents Meeting from May 28 to 30, 2007 in Hangzhou, China. Professor Yuichiro Anzai, President of Keio University was elected as a member of the APRU Steering Committee and as APRU’s Vice Chairman at the meeting.


Professor Anzai became President of Keio University in 2001. He is currently President of the Japan Association of Private Colleges and Universities and of the Federation of Japanese Private Colleges and Universities Associations, and Chairman of the Federation of All Japan Private Schools Associations.


Professor Hiroshi Komiyama, President of University of Tokyo, has just completed a two-year term on the Steering Committee. During Professor Komiyama’s term, University of Tokyo organized the 7th Distance Learning and Internet (DLI) Conference in October 2006 and was co-host of the recent APRU/AEARU research symposium on earthquake, tsunamis and volcanic phenomena hazards with University of Indonesia in June 2007.


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Professor Yuichiro Anzai, APRU Vice-Chairman and President of Keio University

Leaders of Education from the Americas, Asia and Australasia Meet in Hangzhou

Zhejiang University hosted APRU’s 11th Annual Presidents Meeting (APM) in Hangzhou, China. 25 university presidents and 68 delegates from member universities and leading Chinese universities from the Project “985” participated in the meeting.


A key highlight of the Presidents Meeting was the APRU Forum on “Higher Education and Emerging Economies: Developments in Asia Pacific and International Cooperation in China” on May 29. The Forum was graced by eminent speakers such as His Excellency Mr Zhang Xinsheng, Vice Minister of Education, People’s Republic of China;

Participating APRU Presidents and keynote speakers at the 11th APM

Professor Franklin Yang Chenning, Distinguished Physicist and Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1957); and Professor Tu Weiming, Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute and Professor, Harvard University.


H.E. Mr Zhang spoke on China’s developments in the higher education sector while Professor Yang presented on the topic of “Science and Technology in the 21st Century”. Professor Tu gave a keynote speech on “Beyond the Enlightenment Mentality: The Humanistic Spirit in the 21st Century”. The day wrapped up with a dinner hosted by H.E. Mr Lü Zushan, Governor of Zhejiang Province at the historic West Lake State Guesthouse.


The last day of the Presidents Meeting had presidents discussing strategic directions and initiatives of APRU, and sharing on key programs, initiatives and developments in their respective universities.

Key Personalities at the APM


H.E. Mr Zhang Xinsheng was appointed Vice Minister of Education, People’s Republic of China in 2001. He is currently Chairman of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Executive Board.


Professor Franklin Yang Chenning, together with his counterpart Professor Lee Tsung-Dao, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1957 for their theory that weak force interactions between elementary particles did not have parity (mirror-reflection) symmetry.


Professor Tu Weiming is Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies at Harvard University. He has also been Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute since 1996.

Professor Tu Weiming (right) spoke on humanism and the quest for universal ethics at the Forum. His keynote speech was moderated by APRU Chairman Emeritus Professor Shih Choon Fong (left).

(Left to right) Professor Yang Wei, President of Zhejiang University, Professor Franklin Yang Chenning and Professor Shih Choon Fong, APRU Chairman Emeritus and President of National University of Singapore, at Welcome Dinner.

(Left to right) Professor Gavin Brown AO FAA CorrFRSE, APRU Chairman and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney in discussion with H.E. Mr Zhang Xinsheng.

APRU Chairman Professor Gavin Brown (left) presenting a token of appreciation to H.E. Mr Lü Zushan, Governor of Zhejiang Province (right) at dinner on May 29.

4th APRU Senior Staff Meeting

APRU Chairman Professor Gavin Brown (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Professor Lee Si-Chen (right), President of National Taiwan University, for hosting the SSM.  President Lee is also Chair of FICHET.

The 4th Senior Staff Meeting (SSM) was hosted by National Taiwan University (NTU) from March 11 to 13, 2007 in Chinese Taipei. President of NTU, Professor Lee Si-Chen hosted a welcome dinner for participants and keynote speakers on March 11.


The Senior Staff Meeting began on March 12 with business meeting discussions on APRU’s activities and strategic directions. 44 Senior Staff from 29 member universities attended and participated actively in the meeting.


On March 13, an APRU Forum on “Benchmarking Asia Pacific Universities in the Global Era: Competition and Collaboration” was held.  Touching on university strategies in achieving academic excellence, and governance and administration aspects in managing competition and internationalization, keynote speakers such as Professor Gavin Brown AO FAA CorrFRSE, Chairman of APRU, Professor Lee Si-Chen, Chair of Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education, Taiwan (FICHET) and Professor Lee Doo-Hee, President of Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE), were invited to address the Forum.


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Chief Information Officers (CIO) Conference

University of Southern California hosted the inaugural Chief Information Officers (CIO) Conference from March 21 to 23, 2007, in Los Angeles, USA.


The conference attracted about 50 participants including 38 APRU CIOs and IT senior staff, and industry professionals. CIOs and IT staff from 21 APRU member universities from Asia, Australasia and the Americas shared their top collaborative interests, challenges and initiatives at the conference.


The aim of the conference was to form a network of key IT leaders and senior professionals among APRU member universities to provide for an exchange of best strategic practises and to facilitate the formation of partnerships among CIOs in member universities.


An APRU CIO interactive network was set up after the conference, to support and facilitate continuing virtual partnerships, discussions and collaborative work among APRU CIOs.


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APRU World Institute 1st Workshop ~ “Climate Change: Challenges and Strategies for Sustainable Cities”

The inaugural APRU World Institute (AWI) workshop was hosted by University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography from April 4 to 6, 2007, in San Diego, USA. The workshop brought together 40 leading researchers and policy advisors from 8 economies and 9 ARPU members.


In line with AWI’s mission to create sustainable communities around the Pacific Rim and beyond, the workshop engendered understanding and discussion on climate change in the context of sustainable cities through a mix of plenary sessions, small group discussions and informal interactions.


The participants agreed that Climate Change should be an ongoing theme for AWI. A proposal presently titled as the “AWI Climate 2030 Project” and submitted by the University of Melbourne was approved by the AWI Governing Board. The project involves developing research collaboration between key research institutes in member universities to address key issues of Climate Change such as energy, food and water issues of the Pacific Rim.


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APRU World Institute 2nd Workshop ~ “The Role of Universities in Addressing Emerging Public Health Threats in the Asia Pacific Region”

The 2nd AWI workshop was hosted by Peking University’s School of Public Health in Beijing, China, from May 24 to 26, 2007.


The workshop brought together 62 leading researchers and policy advisors from 12 economies and 16 APRU members to debate and exchange ideas on the effectiveness of healthcare systems and policies in dealing with rising public health threats brought about by communicable and non-communicable diseases, and natural and man-made disasters.


A key highlight was the “University Leaders’ Panel Session” in which participants had the opportunity to learn from and exchange views with the leaders of 7 major research universities: University of Sydney, National University of Singapore, Peking University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Shandong University as well as Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.


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APRU/AEARU Research Symposium on Hazards of Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanic Phenomena

University of Tokyo and University of Indonesia co-hosted the APRU/Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU) 3rd Research Symposium on “Earthquake Hazards around the Pacific Rim -Diversity of Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Phenomena and their Hazards” in Jakarta, Indonesia, from June 21 to 22, 2007.


More than 50 researchers specializing in areas of earthquake seismology, earthquake engineering, civil engineering and social sciences presented their findings at the symposium. The symposium attracted a turnout of 149.


Prominent speakers, Professor Jun Murai, Vice President of Research, Academic-Industry Collaboration and Information Technology, Keio University and Mr Kusmayanto Kadiman, State Minister for Research and Technology, Republic of Indonesia, were also invited to give keynote speeches at the symposium.


Mr Satoru Satoh, Minister, Embassy of Japan and Mr Kei Eda, First Secretary to the Japan Embassy hosted a reception for participants on June 21.


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National University of Singapore hosted an APRU research symposium on “The Asia Pacific Real Estate Market” from July 16 to 17, 2007, in Singapore. The symposium is a collaborative effort with co-organizers of two other real estate symposiums, namely Tsinghua University, University of Hong Kong and University of Southern California.


A total of 46 researchers on real estate participated in the symposium. The papers which were received for presentations at the symposium will be independently reviewed subsequently for their suitability for publication in a special issue of the “Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economies” (JREFE).


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APRU Real Estate Research Symposium

APRU Undergraduate Summer Program 2007

Fudan University is hosting the 2nd APRU Undergraduate Summer Program from July 16 to 29, 2007 in Shanghai, China. Centering on the theme “A Changing China: Economic and Political Reforms in Recent Years”, the program targets undergraduates from APRU member universities who would like to gain a better understanding of China’s recent political and economic reforms.


Besides stimulating seminars, the two-week program will include activities such as field trips and visits to cultural venues in and near Shanghai. About 40 undergraduates are expected to participate in this year’s program.


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8th Doctoral Students Conference

Keio University will host the 8th Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) at their Mita campus in Tokyo from July 30 to August 3, 2007. Centering on “The Emerging Future of the Pacific Rim: Alliances, Collaboration and Networking”, this year’s conference is driven by doctoral students together with Keio University’s International Center.


The 8th DSC will comprise plenary sessions, workshops, contributed paper sessions and panel sessions. The panel sessions are a new initiative to encourage doctoral students to focus on specific areas or issues in order to generate more in-depth discussions.


Participants will be provided complimentary lodging at a hotel near the Mita campus of Keio University and no registration fees will be required. The conference will be an opportune time for participants to obtain critiques on their research, and establish valuable networks and future academic collaborations through an international platform.


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APRU World Institute 3rd Workshop ~ “Economic Integration among Pacific Rim Economies: Managing the Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities”

AWI will be holding a workshop on Economic Integration in Kyoto, Japan, from November 7 to 9, 2007. The workshop will be hosted by Kyoto University.


The co-sponsors for this workshop are Kyoto University, Fudan University, National University of Singapore, Osaka University, Seoul National University, University of California, Davis, University of Melbourne, University of Southern California, Asia Business Consulting (Shanghai), Asian Development Bank Institute (Tokyo), Monetary Authority of Singapore, Pacific Council on International Policy, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the Taiwan Institute for Economic Research (TIER).


More information on the workshop will be available on AWI webpage in due course.

8th Distance Learning and the Internet Conference

The 8th APRU Distance Learning and the Internet (DLI) Conference will be hosted by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand from December 12 to 15, 2007. This annual conference gathers leading distance education experts from academia, business and government to explore issues in distance learning and information technology applications in education and research.


The theme for DLI 2007 is “Sustainable Learning in a Global Information Society”. Registration is now open for IT and distance learning scholars, researchers and administrators. Interested participants can send their names, university particulars and contact details to the DLI 2007 Secretariat Office of Chulalongkorn University at Registration fees are US$250 and will cover conference proceedings, meals and local arrangements.


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University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Gene D. Block was named Chancellor-elect of University of California, Los Angeles, in December 2006. He will take office on or before August 1, 2007.


Professor Block is Vice President and Provost at the University of Virginia and a respected biologist.  He joined University of Virginia in 1978 as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 1989. His research and teaching expertise is in the cellular physiology of biological clocks and chronobiological aspects of ageing. In 1991, he was named founding director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Biological Timing, based at University of Virginia, and was named Vice President and Provost in 2001.


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Bidding to host the following APRU activities is now open:

(a) Chief Information Officers (CIO) Conference in 2009;

(b) Distance Learning and the Internet (DLI) Conference in 2009; and

(c) Undergraduate Summer Program in 2009.


Interested members can indicate their interest by submitting the “APRU Activities Bidding Form” to the APRU Secretariat at: by August 24, 2007.


Please click here to see the APRU calendar of events from 2007 to 2009.

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