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APRU

About APRU

APRU is a consortium of 45 leading research universities in the Pacific Rim. The consortium aims to foster cooperation in education, research and enterprise thereby contributing to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement of the Pacific Rim.

Established in 1997

APRU's establishment was envisioned by Professor Steven B. Sample, President of University of Southern California, former University of California, Los Angeles Chancellor Charles Young, former California Institute of Technology President Thomas Everhart and then University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien.

APRU began with 34 charter members with the declaration: "The objective of this association of chief executive officers of premier universities around the Pacific Rim is to help these institutions become more effective contributors to the development of an increasingly integrated Pacific Rim community."

The first annual meeting of presidents took place in Los Angeles from 1 to 3 June, 1997. Twenty university leaders attended this meeting.

Mission

APRU aims to promote scientific, educational and cultural collaboration among Pacific Rim economies. In both its objectives and guiding principles, APRU embodies a commitment to global academic and research standards.

APRU recognizes that its activities can be powerful catalysts for expanding educational, economic and technological cooperation among the Pacific Rim economies. The association seeks to promote dialogue and collaboration between academic institutions in Pacific Rim economies so that they can become effective players in the global knowledge economy.

Interim Chair: President Wei Yang, Zhejiang University

Vice Chair: Chancellor Henry T. Yang, University of California, Santa Barbara

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provides leadership for the association. Members of the Steering Committee are presidents elected from member universities in the Americas, Asia and Australasia. The APRU Chair heads the Steering Committee.

Secretary General and the Secretariat

Currently based in Singapore, the Secretariat is headed by the Secretary General Dr. Christopher Tremewan
Please click on the website for the more details, (www.apru.org)