24th APRU Annual Presidents' Meeting 

June 21-23, 2020

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Climate, Inequality and Well-being: Asia-Pacific in an Age of Disruption

Preliminary Program (updated on 10 March)

The program will provide unique opportunities to:


  • Engage with policy makers 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 wellbeing.

APRU presidents will deliberate with experts, other 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.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 

11:00 a.m.

Preparatory Discussions

A brief plenary introduction will be followed by parallel sessions. Participants will be free to select among them.


Stream 1 are series are working meetings of core groups and other members on emerging initiatives proposed by presidents or in initial stages (e.g. APWiL, university fund-raising, esports, indigenous studies network, student mobility and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the APRU Human Resources Network and other new proposals).


Stream 2 series will focus on initiatives emerging from existing programs related to the theme, e.g. Campus Safety, Workplace Wellness, Pacific Ocean and Climate Change, etc.


A full schedule is in preparation.

1:30 p.m.


(Formal Welcome according to Maori protocol on traditional marae)



3:15 p.m.

Keynote Address by New Zealand Prime Minister


4:15 p.m.

Business Session

Reports and elections


5:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

(Including special acknowledgement of new presidents)

Venue: Old Government House 

Monday, June 22, 2020

9:00 a.m. -

12:30 p.m.

Presidential Forum


  • Welcome by Vice-Chancellor of The University of Auckland and APRU Chair

  • Keynote Address by thought leaders

  • Panel Discussions on theme 

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Presidential Luncheon

Venue: Winter Garden, Northern Club

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Roundtable Discussions on Emerging APRU Initiatives

  • Launch of the APRU Future Impact Project

6:30 p.m.

Conference Dinner

  • Dinner Speaker

  • Cultural Performances

  • Welcome to Annual Presidents' Meeting 2021, to be hosted by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Venue: Auckland War Memorial Museum

Tuesday, June 22, 2020 (optional)

Whole Day

Cultural or Environmental Visits

* When the full meeting program is available, the APRU International Secretariat will contact registrants to confirm your choice of roundtable sessions and other activities..

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