Advancing a Just, Sustainable, and Prosperous World: University Impact and the UN SDGs

September 18-20  I  Vancouver Campus, UBC

Why This Theme?

As universities we evidence significant potential, and indeed bear responsibility, to bring knowledge, talent and convening power to address the pressing needs of our planet. This is why it is important now, more than ever before, for universities to engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to help build a more just, prosperous and sustainable world.


Each APRU member university has its strengths, and we look forward to leveraging these collective strengths in our conversations and work during our time together at this year’s Senior International Leaders’ Meeting (SILM).

There will be two core components to the meeting:

1. Student Mobility and the SDGs

Through a flipped conference model and active workshops, UBC will lead us in exploring greater cross-institutional student experiences focused on big, global challenges. The UN SDGs can serve as a focal point in convening our students and faculty around the development of a student mobility program across APRU membership centered around academic, SDG-focused programming.

2. APRU Strategy: ‘Leading the Asia-Pacific Region: Contributing to the Global Common Good’

This will be an opportunity to be ambitious: to advance new initiatives and to take a step forward in our thinking about how the network can maximize its value to members. We will follow up on the Annual Presidents’ Meeting at UCLA in June by reviewing APRU activities to ensure alignment with the new Strategic Plan and to increase their impact.

Several important initiatives were presented at UCLA. We will follow up on these and also work on the issues of communicating our achievements and strengthening our partnerships. New ideas for collaboration will be welcome.

We expect an intensive and productive two days on the beautiful UBC campus.

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