In a recent informative week-long trip, APRU’s Chief Executive Thomas Schneider, Chief Strategy Officer Christina Schönleber, and Director of Network Management Jackie Wong visited APRU member universities: Korea University, Yonsei University, Seoul National University, KAIST, POSTECH, Pusan National University, and National Taiwan University.
The APRU delegation were honored to be given an opportunity to explore each university and connect with the leaders of these seven exemplary institutions.
“We are impressed by the crucial role that our six South Korean member institutions have assumed within APRU,” said Thomas Schneider. “They have been instrumental in our mission of tackling the grand challenges of the Asia-Pacific, enhancing higher education, and training the next generation of leaders.”
At Korea University, the APRU delegation learned about the ambitious internationalization goals of Korea University’s new president, Dong-One Kim, which are reflected by the Korea University International Affairs team. KU’s interest areas include APRU’s student exchange, case competitions, and entrepreneurship, as well as initiatives related to AI, digital health, and University Museums.
Yonsei University’s leadership expressed that APRU meetings are an important platform for the university after having participated in both the latest APRU Presidents’ Meeting (APM) and the Senior International Leaders’ Meeting (SIL) and hope to collaborate on initiatives related to COIL and the Future of Higher Education.
The APRU delegation met with President Honglim Ryu of Seoul National University, Prof Sun-Young Kim, and Mr. Sean Choi, Manager International Affairs. Prof Schneider of APRU was happy to congratulate and thank President Ryu for his recent appointment to the APRU steering committee. APRU was delighted to hear about SNU’s strong collaborations with partners in China, Indonesia, and the US, particularly related to STEM research and Teaching and Learning.
In this eventful visit to KAIST, the APRU delegation were welcomed by a flock of ducks and visited the university Vision Hall featuring its research and innovation advances since its opening in 1971. Upon a visit with Dr. Kwang Hyung Lee, President of KAIST, Dr. Man Sung Yim, Vice President of International Affairs, and Mr. Eunjae Lee, Manager, International Relations the APRU delegation was elated to hear about their recent internationalization initiatives and interest in the APRU research related programs.
In a visit at POSTECH the APRU delegation was warmly welcomed by Prof. Jong-Kyu KIM, Executive Vice President of International Affairs, Prof. Hee-Kap AHN, Vice President of Office of Planning, Jinyoung Huh, Manager, External Relations and Communications, Dayeon Yang, Assistant Manager, External Relations and Communications. The APRU delegation was impressed by POSTECH’s 110 research institutes focusing on AI, biotechnology, and materials, as well as the contributions to the campus from its long list of industry partners such as Apple, Samsung, and Hyundai. The delegation was also impressed by the innovative student learning spaces of the campus to facilitate learning and entrepreneurship.
Pusan National University’s President Cha Jeong-In underscored his dedication to maintaining the university’s close partnership with the APRU network. The delegation was honored to be a part of the university’s internationalization strategy with the strong support for its membership of APRU as a valuable achievement. The APRU delegation were honored to have visited the university’s special collections including a Korean National Treasure. We look forward to strengthening the university’s engagement in student programs and to maximize the benefits of the network.
The APRU delegation’s trip wrapped up with National Taiwan University presenting valuable insights on a sustainability competition, Asia-Oceania Engineering Schools, and the government-supported AI Center for Healthcare. The APRU delegation thanks Prof. Wen-Chang CHEN, President, National Taiwan University, Prof. Hsiao-Wei YUAN, Vice President, International Affairs, and Wendy CHEN, Director Global Engagement for their warm welcome to the university.