Recent & Upcoming Programs


Welcome to the Winter Owarai Live!

Offered by Tohoku University
Tohoku University's international comedy show is back again! International and domestic students at Tohoku University will perform Manzai, the Japanese stand-up comedy, they have worked on for a semester as part of their class project. Please join us!
Dec 21, 2022 I 6:30-7:30pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
What is Manzai?

Manzai is a traditional form of Japanese stand-up comedy. Two or three comedians exchange joke-filled conversations at high speed. It is representative of Owarai (comedy), and is rising as a new icon of Japanese pop culture.

In this event, international and domestic students at Tohoku University will perform seven hilarious Manzai with subtitles provided. Don’t miss it if you want to enjoy a good laugh, deepen your understanding of Japanese popular culture and make Japanese friends!
All students from APRU member universities are welcome. Interested participants are suggested to register by 12noon, 21 December. If you have trouble accessing the registration form, please contact us by email.


APRU Becoming a Global Learner Leadership Series

Offered by University of California, Davis
In this free five-session learning series created by UC Davis in partnership with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), a cohort of undergraduate students will explore the concepts of culture, cultural values, identity, and power as well as engage in a deeper reflection on how they and others “make meaning”, evaluate intercultural situations, and deal with conflict.



Jan 27, 2023 to Mar 3, 2023
Friday 5-6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Throughout the synchronous virtual sessions, students will gain global skills and understanding that will help prepare them to be leaders in a global world. Sessions will be facilitated by UC Davis Global Affairs staff and they will be interactive, with discussions, activities, and reflections.

Because participation will be limited to a small number of students (30-40) from across the APRU network, students will be able to make connections across the Asia-Pacific region and engage meaningfully with their peers.

We welcome a range of majors and backgrounds as these global skills are important regardless of your future career path.

Program DatesSession Time
Jan 275pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 35pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 105pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 245pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Mar 35pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, although we will also ensure that there is a balance of participants from different APRU institutions. Additionally, if you are selected, you must commit to attending all five synchronous online sessions in the series. The application deadline is 21 November 2022.

Chinese Culture Talks (CCT): China's Economic Miracle & Future Direction

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Feb 16, 2023 I 6-7:30pm Beijing Time (UTC+8)
In this talk, Professor Jian Wang will give the participants a brief introduction to China's economic reforms in the last 40 years, its current challenges and future directions.

About the speaker
Jian Wang is a professor of economics at the School of Management and Economics of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. Before joining CUHKSZ, Professor Jian Wang was a senior research economist and advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. His primary research interests include international finance, monetary economics, international trade and behavioral finance/economics. He has worked on the topics such as optimal exchange rate policy, the exchange rate pass-through, the exchange rate determination and international transmission of shocks. His articles have appeared in publications such as Journal of International Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Money and Finance, and the Federal Reserve's official publications. Professor Jian Wang's research has been reported in media such as the Wall Street Journal, VoxEU and Dow Jones.
All students from APRU member universities are welcome. Interested participants are suggested to register in advance.