• Name:Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
  • Established in:1997 (Tohoku University has participated in since 2008 and served as a Steering Committee member since 2015.)
  • Member Institutions:55 Institutions from 18 economies (as of Apr. 2020)
    …List of Member Institutions
  • Vision:As the only network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Website:https://apru.org/

APRU was established in 1997 with the aim of fostering cooperation in education and research contributing to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement, and has grown rapidly to become a reputable international organization of leading research universities in the Pacific Rim. It organizes student-centric, research-centric and human capital development activities, and holds annual meetings for presidents and senior staff of the member universities to discuss and plan its future activities.

Starting April 2013, Tohoku University functions as a regional program hub for APRU’s Multi-Hazards Program in the next three years. Through training programs, summer schools, workshops and other activities provided within its framework, we will take a leading role in proposing countermeasures against low frequency high-impact disasters, making further contributions. For the details of APRU’s Multi-Hazards Program, please visit their website at http://aprumh.irides.tohoku.ac.jp/.

APRU Plus: Addressing the Crisis

The ongoing COVID-19 situation has provided us with a reminder that even in uncertain times, APRU is a diverse community of people who lead, create, inspire and learn-together.
As a service to its members, APRU has set up “APRU Plus”, an online information hub for all of us working virtually.
This hub gives members access to webinars, knowledge exchange, and communications updates about the ongoing health crisis and universities across the Asia Pacific.

Upcoming Events
Experience story by a participant

An Opportunity to Share Knowledge and Develop Skills

I learned the APRU SCL 2019 is a unique type of conference with intense working group sessions and panel sessions.
The committees and participants are now having a year project of writing. This was my first conference abroad and my first experience in this kind of conference.
I had a chance to share my research and gave a presentation about my research and my countryʼs study case in front of professors from various countries within my working group.
I also got a more comprehensive knowledge from the other participants. Even though I was the only student in my working group, they listened to my speech and appreciated my works.
The conference is being followed by a year project of writing a handbook. It is an excellent opportunity to practice my writing skills and to collaborate with many professors from overseas. I also found one
of the most valuable things that I will keep for a long time: friendship.
Even though we came from various countries and backgrounds, we created strong bonding between us.
(Dheanara Pinka, Graduate School of Environmental Science / participated in 2019 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscape Conference (2019.8.29-9.1 @ UNSW, Australia))

Past Events

List of past APRU events

Member Universities
Country and Area (Number of Institution(s))

Australia (6)Australian National University, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, UNSW Australia, The University of Queensland
Canada (1)University of British Columbia
Chile (1)University of Chile
China and Hong Kong SAR (12)Fudan University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology of China, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University
Chinese Taipei (2)National Taiwan University , National Tsing Hua University
Columbia (1)Universidad de los Andes
Ecuador (1)Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Indonesia (1)University of Indonesia
Japan (5)Keio University, Nagoya University, Osaka University, Tohoku University, Waseda University
Korea (5)KAIST, Korea University, POSTECH, Seoul National University, Yonsei University
Malaysia (1)University of Malaya
Mexico (1)Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
New Zealand (1)University of Auckland
Philippines (1)University of the Philippines
Russia (1)Far Eastern Federal University
Singapore (2)
Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore
Thailand (1)Chulalongkorn University
USA (12)California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Riverside, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, University of Oregon, University of Southern California, University of Washington

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