Doctoral Students Conference

Launched in 2000, the Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) is one of APRU’s long-running initiatives. At the DSC, participants present their research projects and engage on a range of topics grouped under an annual theme. Using a multidisciplinary approach, participants gain fresh perspectives and innovative ideas from peers from related or different fields of studies. These often give them new ways of addressing some of the most important issues or research questions in their respective fields of studies.

The DSC aims to provide doctoral students with a platform to discuss their career aspirations and pathways within and outside academia and enhance their international experience by providing them with networking opportunities and a supportive venue for constructive peer critique of ongoing research efforts.

Doctoral Students Conference 2015

About 100 doctoral students, faculty and experts convened at the 14th APRU Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) hosted by Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou, China.

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Presenters and guest speakers gather for a group photo. Photo by Zhejiang University.

The conference commenced on 23 November with a welcome dinner and an introduction on APRU and ZJU. Associate Professor Min Li and Ms Tian Minjie of ZJU’s International Office led the overview on the host university and the conference proceedings. APRU Program Director, Ms Cheryl Torrado also gave an overview of APRU and the DSC.

On 24 November, Executive Vice-President Professor Yonghua Song and Professor Jiaping Wang, Dean Graduate School welcomed participants and guests at ZJU’s Zijingang Campus. This was followed by a dynamic engagement among doctoral students and keynote speakers led by respected senior academic leaders and industry experts. A seminar on academic publishing was also organised in partnership with Elsevier and gave students insights and practical tips on successful scholarly publishing.

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  Keynote speakers share their experiences and expertise (from top clockwise): Alibaba Group’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr Jian Wang; Vice-President of Tsinghua University, Prof Yigong Shi; President of Victor and William Fung Foundation, and Immediate Past President, University of Hong Kong, Prof Lap-Chee Tsui.

Doctoral Students Conference 2014

Sixty doctoral students from 18 member universities and invited institutions presented their ongoing research at the 13th APRU Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) hosted by the University of Indonesia (UI) from 18 to 24 August.

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13th APRU DSC Participants. Photo credit: University of Indonesia