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APRU Population Aging Program Migrates to Keio University

Hong Kong SAR, January 5—APRU’s Population Aging Program has moved to Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, entering the next phase of its growth.

The move to Keio places the Program in the Asia-Pacific economy most renowned for a rapidly aging population. 

15 January 2018
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An AI-Policy Partnership with Google

Hong Kong SAR, December 14—APRU is partnering with Google to explore AI-policy issues. The undertaking looks at issues of AI governance, its impact on the Asia Pacific, and how society can maximize AI-tech’s potential for an equitable future.

Collaborators from 11 leading research universities from the APRU network are working together on the first project, “AI for everyone: benefitting from and building trust in the technology.” Keio University leads the project, which features AI experts from Australia, East Asia, South East Asia, and the Americas.

A series of working papers, and their resulting policy recommendations, will be published and widely disseminated to governments and civil society. The guidelines aim to contribute policy foresight and provide policy actors with the latest knowledge to guide decision making.

14 December 2017
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APRU Multi-Hazards Program Leads the Way at World Bosai Forum

APRU Multi-Hazards Program advances disaster risk reduction and management by partnering with Elsevier and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at the inaugural World Bosai Forum to demonstrate the impact of a regional, trans-sector and multi-level approach to disaster science.

Sendai, Japan, November 26, 2017—APRU’s Multi-Hazards Program joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Elsevier to advance the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the inaugural World Bosai Forum.

The World Bosai Forum is part of Japan’s commitment to implementing the Sendai Framework, which bridges the gap between DRR research and ground-level implementation.

08 December 2017
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“How Can Science Prepare Us for the Worst?” Asks Elsevier Report

Elsevier will host a webinar to introduce the new report, “A Global Outlook on Disaster Science” on December 6 at 8:30 a.m. (UTC).

The report describes how developing regions in Asia suffer greater economic losses as well as loss of life from natural disasters. Every year, disasters impact human lives and take a significant economic toll. Despite greater losses from natural disasters, many developing Asian countries also publish fewer disaster science papers.

For the report, Elsevier has partnered with leading international institutions and drew upon high-quality global data including Scopus to examine the state of worldwide disaster science research. Elsevier hopes to show how science plays a key role in reducing disaster risk and mitigating the impact.

01 December 2017
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Rt. Hon. Helen Clark on UN Sustainable Development Goals and Role of Universities in Achieving Them

Keynote Address by the Rt. Hon. Helen Clark to APRU’s 21st Annual Presidents’ Meeting, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, June 26, 2017.

The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark addressed the 21st APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting. Helen Clark is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999–2007), and former Administrator of the UN Development Program, New York (2009–2017). 

The following is a transcript of her keynote address. 

Thank you for inviting me to address this 21st Annual Presidents’ Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

The meeting’s theme is “The Future of the Pacific and its Societies”, and how APRU members can respond to issues arising from climate change and social inequity. As a citizen of the Asia Pacific, a graduate of one of the APRU universities, and one who has focused for decades on issues of equity and environment, this is music to my ears.

My speech this morning will comment first on the big and bold 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by United Nations Member States in September 2015, and then on the vital and varied roles which the major research universities of APRU can play, and already are playing, in advancing them.

24 November 2017
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APEC University Leaders' Forum Featured in University World News

Universities Can Help Overcome Economic Nationalism

Yojana Sharma23 November 2017Issue No:484

APEC University Leaders' Forum

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In an era when economic and trade nationalism is disrupting the multilateral world order, universities have a role to play in driving multinational cross-border collaborations, and preparing for a future thrown into uncertainty by the so-called fourth industrial revolution. 

University presidents, policymakers and business leaders in the Asia-Pacific region came together in a University Leaders Forum just before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC summit in Vietnam earlier this month to talk about joint strategies and policies to keep pace with disruptive technologies – digitisation, robotics and artificial intelligence. 

23 November 2017
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