Past Programs

2021

Corona Corps Global Learning Community

Offered by University of Oregon
Many institutions have mobilized talented, energetic students, working with public health authorities, to stem the coronavirus pandemic. This group gives students a global community of peers with whom to share experiences. Open to students at all levels, engaged or interested in public health.
Jan
14
Thu

to

Mar
4
Thu
Jan 14, 2021 to Mar 4, 2021
Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
DateDescription
Jan 14Improv for public health communication with Zeina Salame
Jan 28Student led discussion
Feb 4Student led discussion
Feb 18Student led discussion
Mar 4Student led discussion with students from Oregon Health & Science University
Students may choose to attend any or all of the dates listed.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Students interested in the sessions can contact Elly Vandegrift, Program Director, Global STEM Education Initiatives for more information.

Discover 'Real' Japan from Home!

Offered by Tohoku University
The lectures and events in 'Discover “Real” Japan from Home!' are part of the online short program 'Tohoku University Japanese Program (TUJP)'. Join us in the six events below and learn about Japanese culture!
Jan
15
Fri
Trends in/Problems with Incoming & Outgoing International Students at Japanese Universities
Jan 15, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
This class will provide students an overview of incoming and outgoing international students at Japanese universities, and deepen their knowledge of related policies, current trends, and problems. The class will consist of lectures and student discussions. Before the start of classes, please research the number of incoming/outgoing international students, and government and university policies being undertaken to promote international student exchange, in your country/region.

Jan
16
Sat
Exchange Activity with Tohoku Univ. Students
Jan 16, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
In the first part of the term, we will use manga and Studio Ghibli movies to study useful Japanese expressions that are often overlooked in school curricula. In the second part of the term, we will learn about the traditional Japanese craft of origami. Please prepare origami paper or some ordinary paper, and scissors, and learn to make various animals and plants from a single sheet of paper!

Jan
19
Tue
Life Careers & Japanese Companies
Jan 19, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
University graduation marks a large transition from a life of study to a life of work. This class examines the career theory concept of 'life career', the work style of Japanese companies, and perspectives on employment. It also touches on job-finding, and considers how work shapes where, how, and with whom one lives, i.e. one's own 'life career'.

Jan
21
Thu
Intercultural Understanding in Practice
Jan 21, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Those taking Intercultural Understanding in Practice will conduct presentations on Japanese culture, and participate in Q&A sessions. There will also be discussions on traditional and popular Japanese culture. Talk about your favorite parts of Japanese culture with Tohoku University students!

Jan
23
Sat
Japanese Culture Lesson A: Intro into Japanese Yōkai
Jan 23, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
This is an introductory course on Japanese 'yōkai' (supernatural creatures of Japanese folklore), their perception through the times, and the development of the 'Kaidan' culture. We will examine the history of 'yōkai' studies in Japan and their classification, and also look into their gender aspect and urbanization. If there is time left, we might also hold a short discussion about ghostly stories.

Jan
23
Sat
Japanese Culture Lesson B: Introduction to Japanese Ukiyo-e
Jan 23, 2021 I 6pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
This is going to be an introductory course to Ukiyo-e, the Japanese art of woodblock prints. During the Edo period, Ukiyo-e prints were representations of the floating world for ordinary townspeople’s enjoyment. We will see some main works of masters, such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, and how their prints influenced Western modern art (Japonism). If there is time left, we might discuss about popular prints as art and the relations between Eastern and Western art.
Participation is free of charge for students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 4 Jan 2021, 11:59pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9). Sessions will be conducted in Japanese. Students are recommended to have knowledge in pre-intermediate or intermediate Japanese (JLPT N3/N2 equivalent).

Halal, Is It the Gateway to Win 1 Billion's Muslim Heart?

Offered by Universitas Indonesia
As a country with the most populous Moslem society, Indonesia has a big concern over the halal-ness of every aspect in their life. But what exactly halal is? What activities or things that are governed with the rule of halal?
Jan
27
Wed
Jan 27, 2021 I 2pm Jakarta Time (UTC+7)
This talk in an attempt to engage the participants on the definition of halal, aspects of life affected by halal-ness, and how it has become an industry that is expanding rapidly in the global and local context. This talk will also challenge the participants to explain the halalness of food and beverages.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Students interested in the webinar should register by 23 January 2021.

Old Town Central: A Real-Time Online Tour in Hong Kong

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Join the interactive tour delivered from the ground straight from the very heart of Hong Kong! Our friendly expert guide will walk you through a bustling open-air market dotted with small traditional shops to show you their curious trade practices. It is surely a journey of sights, sounds, and stories that you cannot miss.
Jan
29
Fri
Hong Kong Time I Jan 29, 9:30am
Seoul & Tokyo Time I Jan 29, 10:30am
Sydney Time I Jan 29, 12:30pm
Los Angeles Time I Jan 28, 5:30pm
Santiago Time I Jan 28, 10:30pm
While watching the city life of Hong Kong unfolds in front of you in real-time, you will also hear about how these paths were once trodden by Eurasians, Chinese, Western sailors, low-ranking Western officials, and the story of one very particular Tanka woman, in the early colonial days.

Enjoy this hour-long tour with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from the comfort of your home via Zoom. You can interact directly with the guide, who by the way lives in this very neighborhood. You will get to mingle with virtual travelers from other parts of the world too!
Open to all students from APRU member universities..

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 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
29
Fri

to

Mar
5
Fri
Jan 29, 2021 to Mar 5, 2021
Friday 5pm - 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 (25-30) 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 295pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 55pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 195pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 265pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Mar 55pm - 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 20 January 2021.

Disneyland Virtual Tour

Offered by University of California, Santa Cruz
University of California, Santa Cruz's Division of Global Engagement invites you to our virtual tour of Disneyland.
Feb
5
Fri
Feb 5, 2021 I 7pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Join former Disney Parks tour guide Janson Lalich on Zoom as he shares an interactive video of the Disneyland park. Make choices on where to explore in the park and what rides to experience, all while learning about the history of Disneyland and the man who made the dream come true, Walt Disney.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Saké Lecture & Virtual Brewery Tour

Offered by Tohoku University
Feb
9
Tue
Feb 9, 2021 I 5pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Join Tohoku University on lectures on Japanese sake and sake etiquette by a staff of Asahi Shuzo, one of the famous Japanese sake companies in Japan. There is also a short virtual brewery tour. By joining this event, the participants can learn about Japanese sake and Japanese culture.

Speaker:
Associate Professor Rumi Watanabe, Tohoku University
Mr. Hiroshi Nagamoto, Asahi Shuzo Brewery
Open to all students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 8 Feb 2021, 9am Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).

Online Music Jam

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Feeling bored because of home-bound during this period? Be part of the music events and meet friends from all over the world!
Feb
18
Thu
Feb 18, 2021 I 6pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Music always brings people together. The HKUST online music event aims to provide a platform for students to share their passion, appreciate different genres of live music, stay connected with peers and meet new friends via zoom.

In this event, student performers will take turn to play songs and share their music journey with participants. Interactive discussion groups will be formed for participants to meet new friends via zoom.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 13 Feb 2021.

Keio Short-Term Japanese Studies Program (KJSP)

Offered by Keio University
Feb
24
Wed
Feb 24 to Mar 9, 2021 I 3-6pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
The Keio Short-Term Japanese Studies Program (KJSP) is a two-week intensive program for international students (undergraduate or graduate-level students) and Keio students to learn about Japan through collaboration. By joining discussions and giving presentations on their cultures and societies, students will also have chances to rediscover their own countries from an outside perspective.
Participation is free of charge for students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 15 Dec, 10am Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).

Practical Activism Conference

Offered by University of California, Santa Cruz
Join the University of California, Santa Cruz Practical Activism for its 18th annual day-long conference on Saturday, February 27th, 2021 virtually on Zoom!
Feb
27
Sat
Feb 27, 2021 I 11am-5pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
The conference is coordinated and led by students from College Nine and College Ten, and aims to further local and global change in our community by representing diverse perspectives on a variety of social justice issues and providing hands on tools to make practical change. Opening this year’s conference will be a moderated discussion with Dr. Angela Davis. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about several social-justice related topics in student-organized zoom workshops. The conference will be closed by a spoken-word performance from artist, Gina Loring.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Captain America's Shield, Spiderman's Web & the Future of Materials Science & Engineering: Lessons from Superheroes (& Super-Villains)

Offered by University of California, Riverside
Join the live presentation by UC Riverside Materials Science and Engineering department on the rich history of materials science from comic books, movies and science fiction.
Mar
4
Thu
Mar 4, 2021 I 6pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Materials have been the backbone of technological and military advancement for thousands of years, with whole time periods being named after them (Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age). Perhaps it's no surprise that advanced materials such as Captain America's shield, Wolverine's claws and Spider Man's web have been key components in comic book mythos and are widely recognized.

These stories often highlight the core concepts of Materials Science and Engineering, which studies the processing, structure, property and performance relationships of the stuff that makes up the world around us. In this presentation, we will learn the rich history of materials science from comic books, movies and science fiction, and discuss the newest scientific breakthroughs in research that make materials stronger, lighter and smarter.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Otherworldly Archives: Exploring the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Offered by University of California, Riverside
The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy at the University of California, Riverside is one of the world’s largest publicly accessible collections on speculative fiction and related genres, including fantasy, comics, horror, anime, and more.
Mar
11
Thu
Mar 11, 2021 I 6pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Join University of California, Riverside for an overview of the history and distinctive contents of this collection, including fandom culture, material culture, and author’s papers, other important components such as out-of-print books, art and media will also be touched on. Lastly, the session will explore how this collection is used and how University of California, Riverside is diversifying the collection for future researchers.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Online Music Jam

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Feeling bored because of home-bound during this period? Be part of the music events and meet friends from all over the world!
Mar
23
Tue
Mar 23, 2021 I 6pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Music always brings people together. The HKUST online music event aims to provide a platform for students to share their passion, appreciate different genres of live music, stay connected with peers and meet new friends via zoom.

In this event, student performers will take turn to play songs and share their music journey with participants. Interactive discussion groups will be formed for participants to meet new friends via zoom.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 22 March 2021.

CUHK Presents: Cook with Us in Hong Kong

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong
This is not just a cooking class – join the interactive session with a master chef and make your own dumplings. You will also be taken on a mouth-watering journey to discover the food culture of Hong Kong, through the classical Cantonese Dim Sum.
Mar
31
Wed
Hong Kong Time I Mar 31,10am
Seoul & Tokyo Time I Mar 31, 11am
Sydney Time I Mar 31, 1pm
Los Angeles Time I Mar 30, 7pm
Santiago Time I Mar 30, 11pm
Check your local time here.

Eating dim sum is a quintessential Hong Kong experience. Join us in a mouth-watering journey to explore the 'yum cha' or 'drink tea' culture in Hong Kong and our master chef in making authentic Chinese dumplings.

Enjoy this hour-long experience with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from your kitchen via Zoom. All you need to do is to gather the ingredients beforehand, prepare the ingredients and you will be guided step-by-step during the session to make the dumplings from scratch.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Virtual Campus Tour

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Come and join us for the first virtual campus tour at CUHK! Colleagues from the Office of Academic Links are thrilled to show you the beautiful campus which is the largest and greenest in Hong Kong!
Apr
8
Thu
Hong Kong Time I Apr 8, 9:30am
Seoul & Tokyo Time I Apr 8, 10:30am
Sydney Time I Apr 8, 11:30am
Los Angeles Time I Apr 7, 6:30pm
Santiago Time I Apr 7, 9:30pm
Check your local time here.

Through the campus tour, you will learn the history of CUHK, hear some interesting stories about the landmarks and explore things you would like to know as a student! Don’t miss the chance to find out more about CUHK! The entire tour is about 30-45 minutes.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Action of Climate & the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Guided Virtual Tour of CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Apr
14
Wed
Hong Kong Time I Apr 14, 9:30am
Seoul & Tokyo Time I Apr 14, 10:30am
Sydney Time I Apr 14, 11:30am
Los Angeles Time I Apr 13, 6:30pm
Santiago Time I Apr 13, 9:30pm
Check your local time here.

Climate action is a priority and a driver of world affairs. If climate change is left unchecked, it will roll back the development gains we have made over the past decades and will make further gains impossible.

This program takes participants on a virtual guided tour to discover the world’s first and foremost climate change museum and explore the potentially devastating effects of climate change. It also introduces the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are adopted by the United Nations as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, and why climate action matters.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Nobel Laureate's Special Lecture: Economical Profit of Establishing a Renewable Energy-based Society

Offered by Nagoya University
Professor Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University is a materials scientist who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Join Professor Amano in a special lecture about how a carbon neutral society can be established by using new electronics and renewable energy.
Apr
16
Fri
Apr 16, 2021 I 1-3pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
In October 2020, Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, declared the establishment of a carbon neutral society by 2050. Before this declaration, we had already been considering for five years the realization of a carbon neutral society through the use of new semiconductor-based systems. Our strategy is based on the idea put forth by Professor Yoichi Kaya.

According to Professor Kaya, total greenhouse gas emission can be calculated using the following equation:

F=P・(G/P)・(E/G)・(F/E)
• F: global CO2 emissions from human sources
• P: global population
• G: world GDP
• E: global energy consumption
• G/P: GDP per capita
• E/G: energy intensity of the GDP
• F/E: carbon footprint of energy

By 2050, the total population in Japan (P) is expected to be reduced to 3/4 of the current population, while the productivity (G/P) should be increased about 50%. Thus, if the energy intensity of the GDP (E/G) and carbon footprint of energy (F/E) can be reduced to 35% and 10%, respectively, we can reduce the total CO2 emission (F) to 4%, which is almost the same as the total CO2 absorption by forests or plants life in Japan. Then, we can realize a carbon neutral society.

In this special lecture, the reason why renewal energy-based system is beneficial for the countries like Japan will be explained. The way to realize carbon neutral society by new electronics will also be discussed.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 28 Feb 2021.

Evening Music Jam

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Evening Music Jam event is a fun way for you to share and appreciate different genres of live music, stay connected with peers and meet new friends via zoom.
Apr
22
Thu
Apr 22, 2021 I 6-7pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
In this music jam session, we are pleased to have student performers from HKUST to share their music with us.

Student performers will take turn to play songs and share their music journey with participants. Interactive discussion groups will be formed for participants to meet new friends via zoom.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Interested students should register by 21 Apr 2021.