Annual Presidents' Meeting 2020

Dear Presidents and Senior International Leaders,
We invite you and your colleagues to attend the 24th APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting in Auckland on June 21-23.
As well as a wonderful opportunity to visit our host, The University of Auckland, this is also a special opportunity to:

  • Engage with policy leaders, chief scientists and thought leaders on the theme

  • Network among presidents

  • Review APRU’s work to increase value

  • Propose new activities for collective impact

  • Build a diverse and inclusive Asia-Pacific academic community

The current climate crisis is causing disruption around the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the South Pacific. The effects of this include a rise in inequality, which, in turn, significantly affects well-being.


APRU presidents will deliberate with experts, leaders from academia and international public policy on ways research universities can respond to this global crisis.

Leading international and regional speakers will be announced shortly.

The innovative program is structured to be flexible and enable maximum engagement and networking. It will include:

  • Keynote addresses by the New Zealand Prime Minister (tbc), government ministers and policy leaders from New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific

  • Pōwhiri (Traditional Māori welcoming ceremony) and evening welcome reception

  • Preliminary roundtable sessions on current and emerging APRU initiatives

  • Presidential Forum and Presidential Luncheon

  • Formal Conference Dinner at the spectacular Auckland War Memorial Museum

  • Launch of the APRU Future Impact Project

  • Meetings with Auckland City leaders and cultural/environmental along with a presidential partners’ program


Please register as soon as possible and ensure to book the APM hotel early as no rooms can be held. Full details are available here.



We look forward to welcoming you in Auckland in June.

With best wishes


Christopher Tremewan
Secretary General
Association of Pacific Rim Universities

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