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NUS President meets academic leaders at the Global Summit of University Presidents and APRU's 15th Annual Presidents Meeting

28 April 2011

MEETING ACADEMIC LEADERS: Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (3rd from left) with fellow APRU presidents - (L-R) Hong Kong University of Science and Technology President Prof Tony F Chan; University of California, Santa Barbara Chancellor and APRU Chair Dr Henry T Yang; and University of California, Los Angeles Chancellor Prof Gene Block

TREE PLANTING CEREMONY: Prof Tan with NUS delegates planting the "NUS Tree" at THU's Centennial Garden

SHARING VIEWS & EXPERIENCES: Prof Tan speaking on the governance and administration of universities during the meeting

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan attended the Global Summit of University Presidents and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities' (APRU) 15th Annual Presidents Meeting hosted by Tsinghua University (THU) from 22 to 24 April 2011 in conjunction with THU's 100th anniversary celebrations.

The event saw more than 300 academic leaders and delegates from leading universities and academic institutions across the globe, including 34 APRU member universities in Asia, Australasia, North and South America. In all, 29 APRU presidents attended the meeting which featured an address at the Great Hall of the People by President Hu Jintao, one of many prominent Tsinghua University alumni.

Discussions at the joint event centred around the theme, "Global Socioeconomic Development and Higher Education" which provided the presidents with the opportunity to examine a multitude of factors critical to the future development of universities and their role in social and economic development. At the breakout discussion, Prof Tan spoke of the NUS administrative model on university governance and its approach to balancing autonomy and accountability in order to address various challenges in university administration.

Established in 1997, APRU is a consortium of 42 leading research universities in the Pacific Rim. Prof Tan is a member the APRU Steering Committee which provides leadership for the association.

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By APRU Secretariat