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UH Hosts APEC Conference on Higher Education

Posted on | July 22, 2011 | Comments Off

Key higher education officials, scholars and experts from throughout the Asia-Pacific region will meet in Honolulu Aug. 4–6 for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference on Quality in Higher Education, organized by the UH System in cooperation with the East-West Center.

Participants from 20 of the 21 APEC economies will be in attendance to discuss the vital issue of higher education quality, including how to identify, develop and sustain best practices throughout the APEC region. Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education for the U.S. Department of Education, will be the featured luncheon speaker on Thurs., Aug. 4.

“The issue of quality in higher education is very important and it’s a topic of intense focus right now by higher education institutions and organizations around the globe,” says President M.R.C. Greenwood. “It’s important because as we look into the future, our students are going to be operating in a much more global arena, and universities will be providing leadership roles on issues with global implications, such as health, infectious diseases, climate change, disaster preparedness and much more.”

Representatives from universities, government agencies and international associations will present papers on quality and quality assurance, university rankings, case studies and best practices from the APEC region and economies, and the globally competitive university. Speakers on the agenda during the three-day meeting represent Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States and Vietnam.

“The University of Hawaiʻi is already recognized as a national and international leader in many areas of global significance, especially within the Asia-Pacific region, and we’d like to expand our efforts and build more strategic alliances with universities and government agencies,” says Greenwood. “This conference is a step in this direction.”

Read the news release.

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