The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been elected to membership in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the leading consortium of research universities for the region. APRU represents 45 premier research universities—with a collective 2 million students and 120,000 faculty members—from 16 economies in the most dynamic and diverse region of the world.
To join APRU, a member university must be rated as a leading university of the country or a premier university within its geographical region. It should have attained broad excellence in carrying out the activities of its educational mission, must embrace and achieve a mission of promoting research and scholarship and have a strong international orientation. APRU universities are located in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S.
“We are honored by this news, and to be one of only 12 U.S. universities in this impressive international roster of membership,“ said UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple. “We thank our students, faculty, staff, alumni, lawmakers and supporters for their efforts in helping us to achieve research and academic excellence, culminating in this honor.”
UH Mānoa is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university producing “very high” research activity, with extramural funding averaging $333 million per year over the past five years. It is among the top 30 public research universities in the nation for federal research funding in engineering and science (National Science Foundation) and ranks 51st overall. UH Mānoa is one of only a handful of land-, sea- and space-grant universities.
APRU was established in 1997 by the presidents of Caltech, Berkeley, UCLA and USC. Henry Yang, chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and chair of APRU, wrote in his welcome letter, “I congratulate you and look forward to engaging with you and your colleagues as, together, we advance the cause of higher education and research through the activities of this important alliance.”