APRU held its 10th Annual Presidents Meeting in Sydney from June 22 to 24, 2006. 26 university presidents and 56 delegates attended the meeting hosted by the University of Sydney.
Professor Shih Choon Fong, President of National University of Singapore, handing over the leadership rein to University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown.
University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown, was elected as the new Chairman of APRU.
The newly established APRU World Institute (AWI) was a major initiative endorsed at the Presidents Meeting.
University presidents and APRU's key officers at University of Sydney.
The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, hosted a welcome reception for university presidents and APRU leadership at the Government House on June 22, 2006. A welcome dinner at the Parliament House was hosted by The Honourable John J Aquilina, Member of Parliament Speaker of New South Wales Legislative Assembly.
APRU Chairman Professor Shih Choon Fong presenting a token of appreciation to Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC.
The Honourable John Aquilina, Member of Parliament Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, addressing university presidents and delegates at Welcome Dinner.
The APRU 10th Annual Presidents Meeting included a one-day forum on "The New Macro Environment of Higher Education: Redefining University-Industry Interfaces and Paradigm Shifts in Science and Technologies" held on June 23, 2006.
Four eminent industry leaders from around the Asia Pacific region were invited to speak at this forum:
Mr John Mork, President and CEO, Energy Corporation of America;
Mr Xie Ke Hai, Vice President, Peking University Founder Group Co., Ltd;
Dr Chang-Gyu Hwang, President and CEO, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd; and
Mr Will Delaat, Managing Director, Merck Sharp and Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited.
APRU Chairman Professor Shih Choon Fong giving a token of appreciation to Mr John Mork, President and CEO of Energy Corporation of America.
Mr Xie Ke Hai, Vice President of Peking Founder Group Co., Ltd, giving a presentation on a case study on University-Run Venture Businesses in China.
Mr Will Delaat, Managing Director of Merck Sharp and Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited speaking on "Shifts in Biomedical Innovation - A Virtuous Balance Between Pure and Applied Science."
APRU Chairman Professor Shih Choon Fong showing appreciation to Dr Chang-Gyu Hwang, President and CEO, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
The Steering Committee Elections was conducted at APRU's Business Meeting on June 24, 2006.
University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown was elected as the new Chairman of APRU. Professor Shih Choon Fong, President of National University of Singapore was appointed Chairman Emeritus of APRU. Dr Lawrence Loh, Vice President of University and Global Relations, National University of Singapore was re-elected as Secretary General.
Left to right: University of Southern California President and Founding Chairman, Professor Steven Sample; National University of Singapore President and APRU Chairman Emeritus, Professor Shih Choon Fong; Vice-Chancellor of University of Sydney and newly-elected APRU Chairman, Professor Gavin Brown; National University of Singapore Vice President (University and Global Relations) and APRU Secretary General, Dr Lawrence Loh; and APRU Secretary General Emeritus, Dr Richard Drobnick.
A new Steering Committee was elected. To see the list of members on the Steering Committee, please click here.
APRU World Institute
The newly established APRU World Institute (AWI) was a major initiative endorsed at the Presidents Meeting. AWI's Governing Board would be headed by National University of Singapore's President and APRU Chairman Emeritus, Professor Shih Choon Fong. Dr Richard Drobnick from University of Southern California, has been appointed as the Institute's Managing Director.
The AWI aims to become a leading center for research excellence in interdisciplinary studies and policy-making, in order to help decision-makers better under global transformations in an increasingly integrated world. It draws strength from APRU's 36-member talent base and beyond to engage in research issues of global significance relating to public health, environmental sustainability and economic integration.