Overview

Partnering on Solutions to Asia-Pacific Challenges

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Under this thematic priority APRU is linking knowledge to action and research power to policy impact. APRU universities work together and with partners from government and business, international organizations, other universities, community leaders and funding bodies on solutions to regional and global challenges. By mobilizing the people and the resources APRU is working to harness the collective research capabilities of its membership to foster regional scale partnerships to deliver locally relevant solutions. In addition, APRU Program Hubs allow members to gain value in areas of strategic interest by leveraging the collective research capabilities of APRU universities in a particular area to engage international funding agencies and influence regional public policy.

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Programs

Global Health

The APRU Global Health Program aims to leverage the global health education and research of Asia-Pacific universities to address global health issues through interaction with public policy and media. Since its launch in 2007-08, the program has covered a significant range of topics including emerging public health threats, aging and chronic diseases, infectious diseases and health security issues. It has recently engaged academics, policy leaders, media specialists and communities on non-communicable diseases and on global health issues on campus. The APRU Global Health program hub is hosted by the University of Southern California Institute for Global Health and has an international Advisory Committee and Program Director Prof. Mellissa Withers coordinating the program. Read more...

Digital Economy

Reflecting the growing importance of the Internet, the 2014 APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting agreed to work on a joint Initiative on “Governing the Internet Economy”. The goal is to bring the academic community in the region into stronger contact with other members of the multi-stakeholder community concerned with the future development of the Internet.   The Keio University International Center for the Internet & Society (KICIS) was selected to develop and coordinate APRU programs under this Initiative. Read more...

Multi-Hazards

The APRU Multi-Hazards Program builds upon the strengths of eight APRU Multi-hazards symposia over the past decade in countries spanning the Pacific Ring of Fire. The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University formed ARPU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Program Hub that harnesses the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on disaster risk reduction and recovery, the sharing of strategies to cope with campus disaster risk management and contribute to international policy-making processes on disaster risk reduction. In particular, the Program focuses on better strategies to deal with low-frequency high impacts disasters. An international Core Group, comprising representatives from APRU universities oversee the program chaired by Prof. Yuichi Ono and coordinated by Prof. Takako Izumi of Tohoku University. The Core Group are developing a plan of activities for the next three years, which include an annual summer school program hosted by the IRIDeS. Read more...

Population Aging

The range of demographic change is probably nowhere more diverse than among Pacific Rim economies. Japan has the oldest population in the world and its population number is declining. While Indonesia is one of the economies in the world with the youngest people and its population is increasing in numbers. China with its one-child-policy is facing a rapid aging of its population in the next 20-30 years. Also other Asian economies are facing a decline in fertility rates and its workforces are growing older. Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States attracted a lot of young migrants that influenced the demographic change in the respective economies and their home economies as well. Over a period of six years, APRU member universities have hosted five research symposiums on Aging in the Asia-Pacific to discuss the impact of population aging and to share solutions from all other the Pacific Rim. In 2015 the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research of UNSW Sydney implemented a new APRU Research Hub on Population Aging to deepen the collaboration among junior and senior researchers on Aging in the Asia-Pacific. In 2018, the Hub has been transferred to Keio University and coordinated by the Program Director Prof. Hiroki NakataniRead more...

Sustainable Cities and Landscapes

Responding to increasing concerns about the impacts of rapid urbanization around the globe and building on the success of the APRU Sustainability and Climate Change Program, the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub was set up in 2016 and leads by University of Oregon Global Studies Institute. Large-scale demographic shifts and worldwide population growth, have led to unprecedented alterations to human society and their relations to the land. As a consequence, policymakers, urban planners, civil engineers and design professionals increasingly work together to address pressing issues affecting the sustainability of cities at local, regional and global extends. The inaugural APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference was held in 2017. The program hub is chaired by Prof. Bart Johnson and coordinated by Program Director Prof. Yekang KoRead more...

Research Symposiums  

Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific

The APRU Research Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific (BMAP) was launched in 2006 at the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) of the University of Sydney. The enthusiasm by a number of APRU members has resulted in a decade-long commitment to host BMAP biennially until 2018. The initiative is supported by a core number of APRU member universities including The University of Sydney, National University of Singapore, Seoul National University, Keio University, Peking University, University of Auckland and University of Oregon. One of the primary aims of this symposium series is to promote interdisciplinary brain and mind research in the Asia-Pacific and to bring together top researchers and clinicians in the field to share discoveries and explore potentially new areas of collaboration in neuroscience. Read more...