Transportation from the hotel to UC Riverside Campus
9:00 - 9:20 a.m.
Opening of Senior International Leaders’ Meeting 2022
Welcome remarks by Chancellor Kim Wilcox, University of California, Riverside
9:20 - 10:20 a.m.
Keynote Session – Advancing Justice through Sustainability
Speaker: Susan HACKWOOD, Professor Emerita, UC Riverside and Former Executive Director, California Council on Science and Technology
10:20 - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Expectations of Senior International Leaders’ Meeting 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12: 15 p.m.
Discussion – Shaping the Landscape of International Higher Education
University leaders share their perspectives on how the international higher education landscape has shifted and how APRU universities can shape the new normal as separate institutions and as a network. What did we learn from the past few years? What are we doing now? What new ideas can we share? How do we understand the future?
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Networking (open time for bilateral and other meetings)
Discussion – Global Learning and Student International Activities in the New Normal (livestreamed via Zoom)
International learning for students has extended beyond exchanges and study abroad to ‘internationalisation at home’, an emphasis on SDGs and global challenges, diversity and inclusion, and also virtual learning and exchange prompted by the pandemic limits on travel.
Where should our emphasis be as institutions and as a very diverse network? What should we be doing differently post-pandemic? Are there new ideas for collaboration? Post-pandemic, what considerations for student welfare need to be taken into account? How does a more polarised international environment affect us in education and research? How can we continue to develop trust and cooperation for the benefit of students and our societies?
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Transportation from hotel to UCR Campus
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
Opening of Day 2 of Senior International Leaders’ Meeting
9:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Discussion – Scaling Up Initiatives on Global Challenges
Member universities are working hard on global challenges. APRU has many programs which are performing well. But is this the right strategy? Are we scaling up for impact or should we be satisfied with current scale and speed? Or should we incubate, stabilize and spin-off? Proposals for a network of networks has its attractions but how to do it effectively so that there is more action not less? How crucial are links to international organizations, external partnerships and funding for a more effective strategy? How do we deliver these relationships?
11:45 - 1:30 p.m.
Working Lunch – Shaping the Network for Impact
The APRU network has transformed substantially in the past few years. From the growing number of members, launching of new initiatives, research programs and activities, to creating a stronger and specialized team at the Secretariat, we are acquiring more capacity. How can member universities and the International Secretariat relate more effectively to each other to achieve our goals?
1:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Summary & Close of Senior International Leaders’ Meeting 2022
Pacific Rim University Leaders Join Forces on Regional Challenges
Original Post on The University of Sydney News
Tackling natural disasters, food insecurity, poverty
Senior leaders from Pacific Rim Universities this week discussed higher education’s role in addressing major challenges facing the region.
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) comprises 60 leading universities from 19 countries. These institutions are known globally for their academic and research excellence. The theme of APRU’s 2023 leaders’ meeting was One Pacific: Breaking down education and research silos to address Asia-Pacific challenges. The program focused on how higher education and university collaboration can resolve issues facing the Asia-Pacific.
Professor Kathy Belov, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global & Research Engagement) at the University of Sydney said APRU leaders were determined to make progress on tackling the most urgent challenges facing the region. Professor Belov moderated a panel discussion on actions APRU members can take in the coming year to address issues raised during the conference.
“We’re particularly excited about the new One Pacific theme which brings together 60 research-intensive universities around the Pacific Rim to tackle wicked challenges like sustainability, waste, biodiversity loss and health,” she said.
One Pacific gives expression to the fact that the multiple challenges facing the Asia-Pacific are all interrelated, as are the fates of its civilisations, and the opportunities that the Pacific holds for the future.
“We recognise that together we’re much stronger than we are alone,” Professor Belov said.
Keynote speaker Professor Annamarie Jagose, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sydney, discussed how technological advancements and workforce changes might shape our future universities.
“The critical thing to keep at the forefront of our minds when we think about the future of higher education is less what will be new and different about the universities of the future than what is distinctive and unique to universities,” she said.
“Chief among those distinctive characteristics in my view must be the free and unfettered development of new knowledge in an environment also committed to student learning.”
Keynote speaker Jonna Mazet, Vice Provost of Grand Challenges at the University of California, addressed the role of universities in fighting the climate crisis and emerging health threats, and advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Professor Emma Johnston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Marine Ecology and Exotoxicology at the University of Sydney, opened the program by leading the delegates on the Coogee-Bondi coastal walk.
“A walk like this is a great way to connect with each other, and with the ecosystems we depend upon,” she said.
“We were able to share important understandings of our local biology, including sharks, whales, and seaweeds, and our local geomorphology, including beaches, sandstone, and rip currents.”
The APRU Senior International Leaders’ Meeting is the first of a series of major events being hosted by the University of Sydney this week including the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit and the World 100 Annual Conference.