The Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) General Conference welcomed Cebu Technological University (CTU) President Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. and other executives in Daegu Health College in South Korea on November 7, 2016.
Dr. Ancheta’s attendance was prompted by internationalization efforts necessary to comply with ASEAN integration and international accreditation requirements and to have more international linkages with other top universities and colleges, for CTU development in terms of SUC leveling and University Ranking. CTU becomes its newest member and stays with the association from July 2016 through June 30, 2019.
The General Conference enabled the president to meet about 100 presidents from the universities and colleges not only in Asia and the Pacific but from other regions of the world, have a great opportunity to establish linkages with other universities; and sign collaborative agreements with other institutions at a special session on November 8.
Keynote speakers, who talked on The Roles of Universities in Fostering Student Employability and Entrepreneurship, came from the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), Samsung Company of Korea and CP All Public Company Limited of Thailand. Speakers from Australia and Mexico and prominent personalities from different regions of Asia and the Pacific were also present.
The Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) was established as an aggrupation of chief executives from higher education institutions in Asia, Pacific and around the world. These are presidents, rectors and vice presidents or chancellors at regionally accredited colleges and universities, from public and private sectors and international organizations. It is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the highest formal consultation rights with UNESCO. Its primary purpose is to be the main platform for interaction and collaboration among members and the voice of universities in Asia and the Pacific.
Moreover, it promotes a culture of quality and innovation in higher education, research and service to the community, preserves and enhances the values and cultural diversity of Asia and the Pacific toward better understanding and cooperation for socio – economic development, engages with stakeholders to further the association’s objectives, channels the voice of universities in Asia and the Pacific, and promotes universal peace and international understanding through education.
AUAP organizes regular conferences and workshops for higher education leaders and institutions to recognize and discuss important issues and challenges facing higher education today. The leaders of AUAP have adopted a unified vision for the organization and that is to promote the welfare and good image of their respective institutions. Through the cooperation of all these leaders, AUAP has the capability to shape the outlook of higher education. Members enjoy a global network of supportive colleagues.
The 3-day 12th General Conference hosted by Daegu Health College celebrated the efforts of previous president Dr. Shawn Chen and incoming president, Dr. Sunghee Nam.
Dr. Nam brought experts from local government industries and higher education institutions from around the world. The output from various sectors was more on ensuring that the perspectives of those in attendance are well taken.
The conference attendees enjoyed the innovative and yet traditional Korean culture, while they planned for the future collaboration among themselves. (Office of the Univ. President)