APEC Partnership


APRU collaborates with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on initiatives which aim to solve the diverse challenges of the Asia Pacific. APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the region. APRU and APEC's 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.

The rapid economic integration of the region prompted APRU to serve as a mechanism for universities to join together from 17 of the APEC economies, together, APRU provides policy advice to business and government on the development of research infrastructure and big science. APRU has guest membership status with APEC Working Groups and participates in a number of high-level discussions to ensure that universities have a voice in shaping policy across the region. 

APRU is a Guest Member of the:

APRU has also been working closely with and supporting the work of the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group.

Preventing Digital Skill Shortfall through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

APEC Project DARE in partnership with APRU held their 2018 Workshop on October 7-8 in HKUST Business School Central, ahead of the 16th APRU Senior International Leaders’ Meeting. The topic of low supply of highly skilled workforce in an increasingly technology-driven APEC economies was a key focus of the agenda. 

APRU Featuring Prominently in Russia’s Far East

Hong Kong, September 27, 2018 — APRU is proud to have contributed to the 7th APEC Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region held September 11-12 in Russia’s Pacific Ocean port city of Vladivostok.

The annual meeting since 2012 hosted by Vladivostok’s Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) involved university presidents, higher education leaders, government official, experts and scholars looking at the key issues of modernization of higher education and its evolving role in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

APEC Health Meetings in PNG enriched by APRU insights

Hong Kong, September 13, 2018 — APRU provided valuable recommendations to shape APEC’s health-related agenda at the third Senior Official Meetings (SOM3) held in mid-August in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

At the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Workshop, Mellissa Withers, Director of the APRU Global Health Program and Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, presented on the assessment of workplace wellness programs implemented by universities in the Asia-Pacific region with a specific focus on gender.

APRU Informs Policymakers at APEC PPSTI Meetings

Real Solutions Are Found in Innovation and Collaboration

As part of the Third APEC Senior Official’s Meeting (SOM3), held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in August, APRU provided insights and recommendations regarding the development of Innovation Networks and contributed to the discourse on policy needs to support healthy aging at a series of Policy Partnership on Science, Technology, and Innovation (PPSTI) workshops and discussions. 

APEC University Leaders' Forum

APEC University Leaders Forum Resources:

Forum Report
Universities Can Help Overcome Economic Nationalism, University World News, Yojana Sharma, November 23, 2017
Universities of the AsiaPacific Prepare to Lead inFourth Industrial Revolution, November 8, 2017
APEC Education Action Plan

The inaugural APEC University Leaders' Forum brought university Presidents to join business leaders and policymakers to tackle critical skills shortage in Data Science & Analytics (DSA) and support regional competitiveness in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

APEC Education Strategy Action Plan

In November 2017, at the APEC University Leaders' Forum, Dr. Wang Yan, Coordinator of the APEC Education Network (EDNET), launched the APEC Education Strategy Action Plan which was endorsed the previous day by the 21 APEC economies. 

The Action Plan is a follow-up of the APEC Education Strategy endorsed by the 6th AEMM and noted in 2016 APEC Economic Leaders' Declaration. It envisions a strong and cohesive education community characterized by inclusive and quality education that supports economic growth and integration and social wellbeing in the APEC region by 2030.

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