The 20th Annual Presidents’ Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) was held at the University of Malaya, Malaysia on June 27–28, 2016. The meeting was attended by approximately 85 executive staff and faculty members (including nineteen presidents) from thirty-eight APRU member universities. The Kyoto University delegation consisted of Dr. Kayo Inaba, executive vice-president for gender equality, international affairs, and public relations, and accompanying international affairs administrative staff.
In the plenary meeting on the first day, the APRU chairperson, President C. L. Max Nikias of the University of Southern California, introduced the APRU Impact Report, which was issued for the first time this year, and announced the association’s business plan.
A presidents-only Presidential Retreat was held in the afternoon. During the session, the presidents discussed the importance of striking a balance between the social and natural sciences, and the trends and issues in higher education and research in the Asia Pacific region. In the Senior Staff Working Session, which was held in parallel with the Presidential Retreat, senior staff from the member universities discussed the APRU Impact Report and communication strategies, and shared the outcomes and recommendations from APRU’s Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Program.
On the second day of the meeting, after reports of the Presidential Retreat and Senior Staff Working Session, the Presidents’ Meeting was concluded with the APRU Business Meeting, which included the association’s annual financial report, a vote to elect members to the association’s Steering Committee, and the election of a new APRU chairperson for the period from July 2016.
The two day meeting was then brought to a close with the announcement that next year’s Annual Presidents’ Meeting will be held at the University of New South Wales in Australia in June 2017.