Signed by the 18 heads of state in Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei Darussalam, on November 16, 2000, this declaration commends APRU in Paragraph #21 (reproduced below).
"We place particular emphasis on preparing our young people for the challenges ahead and agree that information technology should be a core competency for learning and teaching. We support APEC programs to enhance the quality of teachers and build sound education management through a process of cooperation in education in the region and commend the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and other organizations for their initiatives to develop distance learning capacity within the region. The new information and communication technology also enables important networks to be developed to extend health and medical services to the wider community and to address basic health issues. We commend the progress already made in strengthening disease information networks. We commit to fighting HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases and call on the relevant authorities to report in the next year on a strategy which can be used in APEC to more effectively meet these disease challenges."
Signed by 21 ministers of foreign affairs in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 9, 1999, this statement endorses APRU in Paragraph #55 (reproduced below):
"Ministers noted with interest the proposal from Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) to cooperate with APEC. They agreed to invite APRU to establish an informal dialogue with the APEC Human Resource Development Working Group and the Industrial Science and Technology Working Group, and to invite the hosts of the respective sectoral Ministerial meetings to consider an informal dialogue with APRU in accordance with guidelines on non-member participation. The objective of the dialogue would be to discuss issues and projects of mutual interest in the areas of science, technology, and human resources development."
Signed by the 18 heads of state in Vancouver, Canada, on November 25, 1997, this declaration endorses APRU in Paragraph #16 (reproduced below).
"Connecting science and technology: In view of the growing role of science and technology in promoting economic growth and its close linkages to trade and investment flows, we direct Ministers to formulate an APEC Agenda for Science and Technology Industry Cooperation into the 21st Century, and present it to us in Kuala Lumpur. We also welcome other regional networks to strengthen science and technology linkages, including the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)."