Sydney University Vice-Chancellor appointed Chair of APRU

28 June 2006

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown AO has been

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown AO
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown AO

confirmed as the new Chair of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities(APRU).

At their annual meeting, which was hosted at the University of Sydney on the weekend, more than 30 APRU presidents confirmed the appointment of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown as their association's new Chairman.

Formed in 1997, APRU is a consortium of 36 leading research universities. The association aims to foster education, research and enterprise, thereby contributing to the region's economic, scientific and cultural advancement.

The Annual Presidents' Meeting is the centrepiece of APRU's calendar of events. At this meeting, presidents discuss issues of strategic importance to research universities. They also address issues relating to APRU's governance and strategy as well as review the organisation's initiatives and programs.

Deligates at the 2006 APRU Presidents' Meeting
Deligates at the 2006 APRU Presidents' Meeting

Welcoming his appointment, Professor Gavin Brown, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, said: 'I believe that Australia has a special role, close, in many senses, to both the United States and Asia in helping to strengthen further the international research collaborations in the Pacific Rim region.'

Further information about APRU is available online at:

Notes to Editors:

  • The chairman of APRU is elected by the members and serves a two-year renewable term. The current chairman of APRU is Professor Shih Choon Fong, President of the National University of Singapore.
  • APRU was created 10 years ago by the presidents of Southern California, Cal. Tech, UCLA and Berkeley. The membership now also includes Peking, Tsinghua, Fudan; Tokyo, Kyoto, Waseda; Stanford, UC (Santa Barbara) UC (Davis), UC (San Diego), Oregon, Washington; Sydney, ANU and single representatives from Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Chile, Taiwan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Russia, Mexico, Canada and the Philippines.

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