UoM joins Pacific Rim group
[ Research Review 0906 ]
The University of Melbourne has joined the prestigious Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).
Melbourne will become the 37th member of the APRU, a consortium of leading universities in 16 countries around the Pacific Rim.
APRU members include Stanford, Tokyo, and Keio universities, the University of California at Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, and San Diego as well as several U21 universities, University of British Columbia, Fudan, Peking, National University of Singapore and Auckland. Other Australian university members are the Australian National University and Sydney.
Membership of APRU hinges on four criteria – academic excellence, research intensity, global outlook and innovative dimension.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said that as Australia’s leading research focussed university, Melbourne is honoured and delighted to be invited to join the APRU. “Melbourne will be an active participant and it will make a very effective contribution to the various programs under the APRU banner,” he said.
“Membership of the APRU offers considerable opportunities for students and staff at Melbourne – for instance, through its programs for undergraduates, researchers, doctoral students and academic fellows, as well as entrepreneurial programs focusing on knowledge and technology transfer.”
One of these programs is the APRU World Institute which draws on the talent base of the member universities to harness scientific research to address issues of global importance. These include public health, environmental stability, geographical and cultural boundaries.
Professor Davis has been appointed to the Governing Board of the Institute which he explains is breaking new ground in the Asia Pacific in areas in which the University of Melbourne has significant research strengths. “These are areas in which we will be able to help make a difference,” he said.
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