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Finding Global Solutions Is the New Normal for Universities

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HONG KONG–()–“The pandemic has raised public awareness about the value of new knowledge and of universities. We now need to meet the high expectations of our communities in solving global challenges,” said Gene Block, UCLA Chancellor and APRU Chair.

This year, APRU held its 25th Annual Presidents’ Meeting 2021 in a virtual session chaired by Block. More than 350 academic leaders including the heads of 60 leading research universities from 19 economies on the Pacific Rim convened under the theme of “Universities Shaping the New Normal Together.”

Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General, set out three priorities for collective action: to provide a neutral international platform for high-level policy dialogue and cooperation, to advance action on climate change, and to address social well-being by combating inequality and racism, promoting diversity and inclusion, and empowering women and minorities.

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