Past Programs

2020

Latitude Zero Talks:
Explore Galápagos

Offered by Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
The Galápagos are an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean with a large number of endemic species that greatly influenced Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution. Join USFQ experts to gain a deeper understanding of the Galápagos Islands and Ecuadorian culture while exploring what sustainable development looks like in one of the most unique ecosystems on earth
Sep
4
Fri
Overfishing & the Galápagos Marine Reserve by Alex Hearn
Sep 4, 2020 I 12pm & 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
Sep 5, 2020 I 10am Tokyo Time (UTC+9)
Dr. Alex Hearn is a marine fisheries ecologist, and has worked as a Professor and Researcher at USFQ and the Galápagos Science Center since 2015. In this Latitude Zero Talk, Dr. Hearn will speak from his extensive experience and research in the region, and delve into the current state of overfishing in the Galápagos Islands and how it is endangering this unique ecosystem and its species.

Sep
18
Fri
State of Water in Ecuador from the Amazon to Galápagos by Valeria Ochoa
Sep 18, 2020 I 12pm & 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
Sep 19, 2020 I 10am Tokyo Time (UTC+9)
Dr. Valeria Ochoa is the Director of environmental Engineering and a co-founder of the Office of Innovation and Sustainability at UFSQ. In this talk, Dr. Ochoa will lead us to look at the bigger picture of the state of water in Ecuador through a comprehensive lens stretching from the Amazon region to the Galapagos.

Oct
2
Fri
Galápagos, the Human Dimension by Diego Quiroga
Oct 2, 2020 I 12pm & 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
Oct 3, 2020 I 10am Tokyo Time (UTC+9)
Dr. Diego Quiroga is the Dean of Research at USFQ. In this Latitude Zero Talk, Dr. Quiroga will bring the Galápagos focused series to a close and take a look at the human dimension of the islands.
Students from APRU member universities who have participated in eight or more USFQ events throughout the semester are eligible to receive the USFQ GO Global Citizenship Certificate. For enquiries, please contact opi@usfq.edu.ec.

Stories from around the World

Offered by Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Meet your peers from all over the world in a series of events geared towards cross cultural exchange and immersion through social connection. Stories from around the World is an initiative from the Office of International Programs at USFQ but it is student centered and each session will be led by local students!
Sep
11
Fri
Stories from around the World: Origins
Sep 11, 2020 I 12pm & 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
Sep 12, 2020 I 10am Tokyo Time (UTC+9)
What are your origins? Join your peers to learn about each other’s background! This session will be an opportunity to share a bit about your home through an interactive activity.

Sep
25
Fri
Stories from around the World: Culinary Arts
Sep 25, 2020 I 12pm & 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
Sep 26, 2020 I 10am Tokyo Time (UTC+9)
What are your local culinary traditions and what can they tell us about your culture? This session is sure to leave us all a bit hungry as we will be sharing international culinary traditions through multimedia as we continue to create an online international community.

Oct
16
Fri
Stories from around the World: Gender & Equality
Oct 16, 2020 I 12pm & 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
Oct 17, 2020 I 10am Tokyo Time (UTC+9)
What has been your experience with gender and equality? What does the LGBTQI+ community in your context look like? Join us for a session to discuss gender and equality across international borders, find connections, and take part in a dialogue led by local USFQ campus group: Dragones Queer.
Students from APRU member universities who have participated in eight or more USFQ events throughout the semester are eligible to receive the USFQ GO Global Citizenship Certificate. For enquiries, please contact opi@usfq.edu.ec.

Studying and Living in an American Research University

Offered by University of California, Riverside
This course is a series of 10 workshops with topics that help you learn more about the experience of living in the U.S. and studying at an American research university. Students will learn about the American university system, behaviors and expectations in the classroom, employment options and career development, leadership opportunities and collaboration on campus, the basics of American culture and adjusting to new cultural environments, and other useful information to help them be successful when they study in the U.S.
Oct
1
Thu

to

Dec
3
Thu
Oct 1, 2020 to Dec 3, 2020
Thursday 6pm - 7pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7) / Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
DateDescription
Oct 1Introduction to American Research University
Oct 8Understanding the American Classroom & Cultural Adjustment
Oct 15Academic Honesty in the American Education System
Oct 22Employment Opportunities & Career Development
Oct 29How to Choose & Apply for Graduate Programs?
Nov 5Leadership & Collaboration
Nov 12Personal Wellness: Recreational Activities, Mental Health, Work-Life Balance Resources
Nov 19Student Organizations & On-Campus Activities
Nov 24*Living On or Off Campus
Dec 3American Culture in a Nutshell
*Note: November 24 will replace the 26th due to observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Writing of the Ultimate CV: A Death Ritual in Medieval China

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Join us at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in a journey to reflect on the life of a prematurely deceased 20-year-old through her tomb epitaph in medieval China, and discover how the craftsmanship and aesthetic are passed on in modern Chinese culture with a veteran tombstone engraver.
Oct
8
Thu
Hong Kong Time I Oct 8, 9am
Seoul & Tokyo Time I Oct 8, 10am
Sydney Time I Oct 8, 12pm
Los Angeles Time I Oct 7, 6pm
Santiago Time I Oct 7, 10pm
This virtual excursion takes the participants to the uncharted territory of a death ritual, namely the writing of tomb epitaphs. In medieval China, it was common for a biographical eulogy in formal script, sometimes penned by famous calligraphers, to be engraved onto the tombstone of the deceased. The buried tombstone was not meant to be seen or read by the living. What kind of information was recorded?

Join us at CUHK, home of a premier collection of Chinese art with dozens of tombstones and rubbings, in a journey to reflect on the life of a prematurely deceased 20-year-old in medieval China through her ultimate CV – the tomb epitaph.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Top Tips for CV, Cover Letter & LinkedIn for 2021 & Beyond

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The ultimate purpose of the CV and cover letter is to provide a story, a more detailed explanation of your skills and experiences. How do we create a CV and a cover letter that are both informative and interesting to employers?
Oct
16
Fri
Oct 16, 2020 I 2pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Did you know that once you join LinkedIn, each connection made introduces you to an average of 400 new people? You also get access to potential employers looking for your talent and skills. How to build a professional LinkedIn profile and help you be memorable for the right reasons? Come join us and learn more!
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Evening Music Jam@HKUST

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Music always brings people together. Evening Music Jam@HKUST provides a platform for students to perform and appreciate different genres of live music, stay connected with peers and meet new friends via Zoom.
Oct
19
Mon
Session One:
Oct 19, 2020
I 6pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
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. Any genre of music is welcome! It's a causal music sharing and social event.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives
Contextualizing BLM in the History of Slavery & Segregation

Offered by University of California, Los Angeles
The Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives series aims to provide a platform for scholars, students and activists to deepen our collective understanding of the structure and experience of racial oppression and the long struggle for racial justice, as well as to draw connections among unique, but interlinked anti-racist struggles in the context of global histories of colonialism, imperialism and internationalism.
Oct
23
Fri
Oct 23, 2020 I 4pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Black Lives Matter: Historical Roots
Speaker: Prof. Brenda Stevenson
Professor & Nickoll Family Endowed Chair in History, University of California, Los Angeles

Can Black Lives Matter in a Black Country? Notes from Jamaica
Speaker: Prof. Deborah Thomas
R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology & Director of the Center of Experimental Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Mapathon@HKUST

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
This event provides an amazing opportunity for volunteers to digitally connect and map the most vulnerable places in the developing world so that locals and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) can use these maps and data to better respond to crises affecting these areas.
Oct
28
Wed
October Session:
Oct 28, 2020
I 6:30pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
In this event, volunteers will be comparing satellite images and adding buildings to a shared online map which will then be made available for all humanitarian organizations worldwide.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Library iTalk - Daoism & Environmental Philosophy: Nourishing Life

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Oct
29
Thu
Oct 29, 2020 I 12:00pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
The early Daoist text the Daodejing is popularly and anachronistically thought to speak in direct ways to ecology and the environment. Such prevalent ways of reading the text persist even as they are frequently criticized in the Sinological and Daoist scholarly community. While the Daodejing was composed across different historical contexts with diverse purposes in mind, the text continues to speak to questions of how to individually and socially live and interact with human and inhuman life and the natural world.

In discussing the book Daoism and Environmental Philosophy: Nourishing Life, the extent to which the Daodejing and other early Daoist texts can be suggestive for addressing the contemporary environmental crisis will be reexamined. The talk will consider whether and how early Daoist conceptions and practices of emptying (xu 虛), stilling (jing 靜), and making plain (su 素), responsive attunement (wuwei 無為), and nourishing life (yangsheng 養生 ) can be interpreted and reimagined in critical ecological models that indicate different more nurturing ways of dwelling and becoming with our environment and the myriad things (wanwu 萬物), in their own respective tendencies and ways of becoming (ziran 自然).

About the Speaker

Eric S. Nelson is Associate Professor of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His areas of teaching and research include modern European, East Asian, and intercultural/comparative philosophy and religion.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Interested students should register with their university email address.

Can't Stop the Wave, Let's Learn to Surf: Cultivating Self-Compassion for Well-Being

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Oct
30
Fri
Oct 30, 2020 I 2:30pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
In this workshop, you will learn how to cultivate more personal space for loving awareness and self-kindness in your daily life, thus enhancing our capacity for emotional well-being and building resilience. With a spirit of openness and tenderness, you will stop being so hard on yourself but motivate and encourage yourself with greater ease and confidence.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Sexual Health, Trauma & the Pursuit of Wellbeing Part I

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Oct
31
Sat
Oct 31, 2020 I 10am Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Intimacy, sexuality and sexual expression are basic human needs. Our understanding towards sex and intimacy affects how we see ourselves and the relationships with others. This workshop will discuss the relationship between having a healthy view on sexuality and its impacts on overall psychological well-being. By achieving positive relationships, you will enjoy the companionship, excitement, fulfillment of emotional pleasure and love.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Enhance EQ & Support Your Friends

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Nov
4
Wed
Nov 4, 2020 I 6:30pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
We will focus on integrating psychological theories into practical tips for you to navigate social and emotional obstacles to our well-being. Guide you to gain insights in human emotions and social interactions through some interesting thought-experiments and case studies. You will also be inspired to value self-care and empathetic communication in facing stress and adversity in life, thus gaining more confidence in handling your own emotions and in turn rendering timely support to your beloved ones.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Picturing Hong Kong through Historical Paintings & Photos

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hailed as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Hong Kong’s charms long captivated artists, tourists, and Hollywood. Paintings by classical Chinese painters and colored slides by sojourning American military officers offer different perspectives of this port- turned-metropolis. Or do they not?
Nov
5
Thu
Nov 5, 2020 I 9:00am Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Join us and make up for what you miss seeing in person with an in-depth look at historical paintings and rare vintage photos of Hong Kong in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) collection. Scholars from different disciplines will introduce early tourist attractions against 21st century street views.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

The Leadership Challenge

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
This workshop is hosted by the Redbird Leadership Community of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Nov
5
Thu
Nov 5, 2020 I 6:30pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Based on Jim Kouzes' and Barry Posner's The Student Leadership Challenge®, you will learn about five practices of exemplary leadership, and exchange ideas with HKUST students on the application of these five practices to inspire excellence in your circle of influence.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Stories from around the World II

Offered by Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Meet your peers from all over the world in a series of events geared towards cross cultural exchange and immersion through social connection. Stories from around the World is an initiative from the Office of International Programs at USFQ but it is student centered and each session will be led by local students!
Nov
6
Fri
Stories from around the World: Origins
Nov 6, 2020 I 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
What are your origins? Join your peers to learn about each other’s background with an interesting spin! This session will be an opportunity to share a bit about your home through an interactive activity based on local legends.

Nov
20
Fri
Stories from around the World: Campus Cultures
Nov 20, 2020 I 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
What’s the culture on your campus like? Join your peers to learn about each other’s universities and what makes them unique! This session will be an opportunity to share a bit about your university experience through an interactive activity.

Dec
11
Fri
Stories from around the World: Art
Dec 11, 2020 I 8pm Ecuador Time (UTC-5)
What does art mean to you, and how does your culture shape this perspective? Join your peers to learn about each other’s cultures and experience through conversations about art- conceptualized broadly (i.e. visual arts, music, theatre, media, etc.) ! This session will be an opportunity to share a bit about your culture and explore your creativity through an interactive activity.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

How to Prepare for Job Interviews in the Post-Pandemic World?

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Any conversation that you have with another person for the foreseeable future will at least touch on the ongoing pandemic. Job interviews are no different. What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?
Nov
9
Mon
Nov 9, 2020 I 12pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Aside from making sure you are wearing trousers and that your Zoom background looks professional, preparing for an interview means being ready to answer some new questions. Join us to find out more.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Language Lunch Events for English & Japanese

Offered by Waseda University
Want to make new friends from Japan during your break time? How about practicing a language you’re learning with other students? Check out the Lunch Events held online from the Waseda University Intercultural Communication Center (ICC)! It’s a great way to make new friends from around the world! Simply open your lunchbox (or grab your breakfast/dinner or even a cup of tea depending on your time zone) and log on to the ICC to chat to like-minded students!
Nov
10
Tue
English Lunch
Nov 10, 2020 I 12:20-12:50pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Everyone from beginners to native speakers are welcome! You don’t have to speak the target language, just come along and enjoy chatting with other people from various backgrounds about their countries and cultures.

Nov
13
Fri
Japanese Lunch I
Nov 13, 2020 I 12:20-12:50pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Everyone from beginners to native speakers are welcome! You don’t have to speak the target language, just come along and enjoy chatting with other people from various backgrounds about their countries and cultures.

Nov
17
Tue
Japanese Lunch II
Nov 17, 2020 I 12:20-12:50pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Everyone from beginners to native speakers are welcome! You don’t have to speak the target language, just come along and enjoy chatting with other people from various backgrounds about their countries and cultures.
To register for the event, please write to icc-cafe@list.waseda.jp, including the following items:

1. University Name:
2. Affiliation (School name):
3. Academic Year:
4. Full Name:
5. Nickname:
6. Where you live:
7. Email Address:
8. Please choose which days you want to participate? (delete other days):
A.【English Lunch】Nov 10 (Tue), 2020 12:20-12:50pm Japan Time (UTC+9) Or
B.【Japanese Lunch】Nov 13 (Fri), 2020 12:20-12:50pm Japan Time (UTC+9) Or
C.【Japanese Lunch】Nov 17 (Tue), 2020 12:20-12:50pm Japan Time (UTC+9)
9. Others: (If you have something you want to tell us, please let us know.)

*Place: Online via Zoom (The Zoom URL will be sent to participants the day before each lunch.)
*Capacity: 30 people (including the Waseda University Students)

The registration deadline for each lunch is the day before at 9:00am Japan Standard Time (UTC+9). The event opens to all students from APRU member universities.

Mapathon@HKUST

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
This event provides an amazing opportunity for volunteers to digitally connect and map the most vulnerable places in the developing world so that locals and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) can use these maps and data to better respond to crises affecting these areas.
Nov
14
Sat
November Session:
Nov 14, 2020
I 10am Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
In this event, volunteers will be comparing satellite images and adding buildings to a shared online map which will then be made available for all humanitarian organizations worldwide.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Korea University Student Life Revealed!

Offered by Korea University
Ever wonder why education is such an essential social value in Korea? Want to know why it’s so great to be a university student at Korea’s most prestigious university? Join your virtual 선배 (class mentors) for this unique opportunity to virtually experience a freshman's life at the top university in Korea.
Nov
16
Mon
Nov 16, 2020 I 7pm Korea Time (UTC+9)
This live online event will give you a sense of what makes Korea University special and inspiring millions of Koreans' lives and why being a Korea University graduate is so important in modern Korean society. Tour the incredible neogothic campus facilities, experience its cutting-edge learning environment, and share the Korean custom of 신입생 (freshman) with your classmates.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. No registration is required. Interested students can join the live stream on 16 Nov, 7pm Korea Time (UTC+9) at here.

Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives - Global Movements Against Racial Capitalism

Offered by University of California, Los Angeles
The Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives series aims to provide a platform for scholars, students and activists to deepen our collective understanding of the structure and experience of racial oppression and the long struggle for racial justice, as well as to draw connections among unique, but interlinked anti-racist struggles in the context of global histories of colonialism, imperialism and internationalism.
Nov
19
Thu
Nov 19, 2020 I 4pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
How are struggles against anti-black racism in the United States connected to a longer history of global movements against racial capitalism? This event features two distinguished scholars who will discuss the stakes of transnational solidarity politics for racial and decolonial liberation in Latin America and across Asia and the Pacific.

'Gulag' North Korea?: Black Antifascist Critique of U.S. 'Police Action' in Korea
Speaker: Prof. Christine Hong
Associate Professor in the Literature Department and the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program at University of California, Santa Cruz

Racial Capitalism and Solidarity Movements from the Americas to the Globe
Speaker: Prof. Anne Garland Mahler
Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Virginia
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Sexual Health, Trauma & the Pursuit of Wellbeing Part II

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Nov
21
Sat
Nov 21, 2020 I 10am Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
This workshop will introduce practical ways to handle traumatic experience. There is a potential of sexual health and well-being for each individual. Despite the experiences, people can bounce back after adversity. We call it resilience. What makes a person more resilient than the others? How does it lead to a flourishing life? Can it be learned? The workshop will discuss ways to cultivate resilience and wellbeing through the lens of positive psychology.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

A Walk in Kennedy Town: Discover Authentic Hong Kong in Real Time

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Being one of the former British colony’s oldest communities on the northwestern end of Hong Kong Island, today Kennedy Town has gentrified into a vibrant neighborhood with a mix of instagrammable spots and historical relics that carry stories of the lost City of Victoria and the spooky past of the plague.
Nov
24
Tue
Hong Kong Time I Nov 24, 9:30am
Seoul & Tokyo Time I Nov 24, 10:30am
Sydney Time I Nov 24, 12:30pm
Los Angeles Time I Nov 23, 5:30pm
Santiago Time I Nov 23, 10:30pm
Join The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on an interactive tour of Kennedy Town in real time! Our community tour guide will walk you through the alleys to discover the iconic stonewall trees, and show you the authentic Hong Kong from a local perspective.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Photography Exhibition Talk: Wildlife Refuges: Falklands, South Georgia, & Antarctica by Mr. Anthony Yau

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Nov
26
Thu
Nov 26, 2020 I 12:30pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
The talk will focus on sharing the presenter’s shooting experience of wildlife in Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica.

Topics including:
When is the best time to visit Antarctica?
What kind of tours should we join?
What should we prepare?
What kind of equipment should we bring along?
What kind of wildlife can we expect?
What stunning scenes may we encounter?
What lessons can we earn? (e.g. environmental impacts and concerns)
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Evening Music Jam@HKUST

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Music always brings people together. Evening Music Jam@HKUST provides a platform for students to perform and appreciate different genres of live music, stay connected with peers and meet new friends via Zoom.
Nov
26
Thu
Session Two:
Nov 26, 2020
I 6pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
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. Any genre of music is welcome! It's a causal music sharing and social event.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Special Lecture on History of Korean Pop Music & K-Pop

Offered by Korea University
Join Professor Ji Hoon Park of Korea University’s School of Media and Communication as he delves into the world of K-pop to uncover the true stories of how the K-pop industry operates and its relation to your favorite idols.
Nov
27
Fri
Nov 27, 2020 I 4pm Korea Time (UTC+9)
From its historical development to recent issues, Prof. Park takes you behind the scenes of this astonishingly popular and highly-stylized modern showbiz phenomena, which is not only entertaining, but also economically and culturally significant to the contemporary nation of Korea.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. No registration is required. Interested students can join the live stream on 27 Nov, 4pm Korea Time (UTC+9) at here.

Indonesia through the Eyes of its People

Offered by Universitas Indonesia
Exploring Indonesia through the livelihoods, cultural practices, social organization, and political ideologies of its people.
Nov
30
Mon
Nov 30, 2020 I 11am Indonesia Time (UTC+7)
Indonesia is known for its ecosystem and cultural diversity. This talk explores Indonesia through the livelihoods, cultural practices, social organization, and political ideologies of its people who are scattered across urban-rural and highland-lowland areas. We will also draw from Indonesia’s mediascape and vibrant popular culture scene to understand Indonesia. The talk will be held online and synchronously in the form of interactive lectures and group discussions.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

JAPAN Expo by TOHOKU Univ.

Offered by Tohoku University
Explore Japan at home! Seven 75 minutes online events will be offered in two days during 5 & 6 December. In each event, you'll be able to know more about Japan and Japanese culture through insightful explanations and interactive activities. Join and be a huge fan of Japan!
Dec
5
Sat
Adventure in Japan
Dec 5, 2020 I 12noon Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
The theme of the event is about traveling in Japan. Enjoy and learn about famous places in Japan through a fun game of Sugoroku, Yes or No questions, and a video presentation of wonderful Japanese cities. In this event, we highly encourage participants to share their culture as well during our interaction.

Dec
5
Sat
Touring Japan
Dec 5, 2020 I 2pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Japan has many other beautiful places to offer other than Tokyo and Hokkaido. This presentation showcases some of the 'hidden gems' in Japan including Sendai, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. We hope to get people excited about traveling to different places in Japan and see what else Japan has to offer.

Dec
5
Sat
Six Summer Festivals of TOHOKU
Dec 5, 2020 I 4pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
There are six famous festivals in Tohoku which are called 'Rokkonsai'. We will introduce the festivals' history and backgrounds, traditional dances, decorations, food, and so on. A special video will be shown to explain the festivals.

Dec
6
Sun
The Portrayal of Japanese Media
Dec 6, 2020 I 10am Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Through presenting anime, movies, comedies, actors, and karaoke, we will be focusing on these topics to bring light to Japan's media culture. With the various interactive events we have planned, international students are encouraged to participate.

Dec
6
Sun
A Treasure Hunt of Japanese Pop Culture
Dec 6, 2020 I 12noon Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Introducing fashion, food and music! You can travel from old Japan to modern Japan! We prepare some quizzes and dance that anyone can enjoy! There are even contents that make you feel like you are in Japan even though you are online!

Dec
6
Sun
Japanese Pop Culture Expo
Dec 6, 2020 I 2pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Join us to meet new people from all over the world and to discover more about Japan's pop culture! Come learn new slangs that are commonly used by the Japanese natives, have fun discussions and quizzes about anime, and have a taste of Japan's cuisine. All participants are welcome!

Dec
6
Sun
Kanpai! - What it Means to Be an Adult in Japan
Dec 6, 2020 I 4pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Have you ever thought of what it means to become an adult, or celebrating the coming-of-age? In Japan, we have a ceremony to celebrate coming-of-age! Tune in to our event on December 6th to learn more about what coming-of-age means for the Japanese people. Let's share traditions and cultures while making origami kimonos!
Open to all students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 4 Dec, 11:59pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).

Christmas Music Jam

Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Dec
22
Tue
Dec 22, 2020 I 6pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Christmas is coming and even COVID-19 can't stop it. Let's get into the festive spirit at our online Christmas Music Jam event. Students from HKUST and University of Chile will perform different genres of live music for you to enjoy. Please get ready with your Christmas hat, some snacks and a camera to meet new friends via zoom!
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Registered participants will receive confirmation email with zoom link 3 days before the event.

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.

Conversations about our World

Offered by University of Oregon
Join University of Oregon faculty for a speakers series during spring term 2021. All events will be held virtually and feature conversations between faculty and speakers from the University of Oregon community and beyond. Topics include indigenous arts, global communications after Covid, and identity in Asian and Asian Studies, and more.
Apr
9
Fri
The Power of Indigenous Stories and Art
Apr 9, 2021 I 2pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Indigenous storytelling and art have long served as important ways for Indigenous peoples to sustain their cultures and traditions. Join this conversation to learn from contemporary Indigenous artist, Crystal L. Buck (Yakama), and Indigenous author, Michelle M. Jacob (Yakama), as they discuss their collaborations across several projects. Learn about what inspires Indigenous artwork and storytelling, and what messages these Yakama women have for our contemporary times. All are welcome at this gathering that honors the power and inspiration of art and stories.

Speakers:
  • Michelle M. Jacob (Yakama), Professor of Indigenous Studies, College of Education
  • Crystal L. Buck (Yakama), Artist

  • Apr
    28
    Wed
    Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication in a Post-COVID World
    Apr 28, 2021 I 6pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
    Countries such as China, Russia, and India have contributed to the transformation of the global media and communication landscape, challenging the analytical frameworks of communication studies, which remain deeply embedded within a Western discourse. In a post-COVID multi-polar world, global communication studies may have to broaden its remit. This is especially true with digital communication at a time when global cyberspace is rapidly changing and digital connectivity brings once marginal populations onto the policy discourse, not as aid receivers but as active consumers and producers.

    Speakers:
  • Bish Sen, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication
  • Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University

  • May
    13
    Thu
    Identity, Ambivalence, Homecoming: Travels Between Asian and Asian American Studies
    May 13, 2021 I 5pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
    This conversation explores the relationship between Asian studies and Asian American studies, reflecting on both the commonalities as well as distinctions between these endeavors. Each of these fields bears a distinct disciplinary orientation—Asian studies derives from Cold War-era area studies and Asian American studies from activist-inspired ethnic studies. How can these different perspectives be brought together productively? Moreover, in an atmosphere of fear caused by the pandemic, racial hostility often blurs the distinctions between "Asian" and “Asian American." How can this moment of common vulnerability renew dialogues between these two fields in a continued endeavor to articulate global justice?

    Speakers:
  • Roy Chan, Associate Professor, Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Andrew Way Leong, Assistant Professor, Department of English, UC Berkeley

  • May
    27
    Thu
    Bioethics in the Time of Black Lives Matter: a Black Feminist Perspective
    May 27, 2021 I 4:30pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
    Last summer saw the convergence of two major threats to public health: the COVID-19 pandemic and the enduring value gap between white and Black lives (referenced in the name of the protest movement Black Lives Matter). On April 8, 2021, the CDC released a statement naming racism as ‘a serious public health threat’. By contrast, six weeks earlier, the Journal of the American Medical Association released a podcast (now withdrawn) in which the very existence of structural racism in medicine (by now a well-proven fact) was called into question. In this conversation, we will discuss how the CDC declaration might be translated into action within this larger social and political context and what Black feminist bioethicists can contribute to the ongoing conversation.

    Speakers:
  • Camisha Russell, Assistant Professor, UO Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon
  • Yolonda Wilson, Associate Professor, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University
  • 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.

    Korean Contemporary Art

    Offered by POSTECH
    This lecture investigates the works of three Korean contemporary artists: Suh Do-Ho, Lee Bul, and Choi Jeonghwa. Prof. Jung-Ah Woo from the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, POSTECH argues that the three artists have presented disparate modes of dealing with this sense of anxiety and nostalgia in the age of globalization.

    Click Here to Watch the Activity Teaser


    May
    13
    Thu
    May 13, 2021 I 10-11am Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
    Entering the globalized era at the moment, when the intellectual celebration of post-nationalism firmly established Asia within the new cultural map of the late twentieth century, the works of Korean artists and their seemingly nomadic presence became emblematic of such euphoric concepts as hybrid aesthetics and itinerant identity. After the traumatic rupture of 9/11 and the world financial crisis in late 2008, however, that moment feels almost like a mythical utopia which has been permanently lost. The incessant global military crises and the far-right politics’ appalling dominance in some part of the world certainly complicate the understanding of the romantic discourses of hybridity and nomadism which marked the previous century. The artists in this lecture, Prof. Jung-Ah Woo argues, have presented disparate modes of dealing with this sense of anxiety and nostalgia in the age of globalization.

    About the Speaker

    Prof. Jung-Ah Woo earned her Ph.D. in art history from University of California at Los Angeles (2006), and M.A. (1999) and B.A. (1996) from Seoul National University. She was a Getty Scholar (2018-2019). Her research area is the postwar art of East Asia and the United States with particular interests in collective memory, historical trauma, and identity politics. Her researches were published in the major exhibition catalogues of Korean artist, such as Do-ho Suh, Lee Bul, Choi Jeong Hwa, Inhwan Oh, Kyuchul Ahn, Meekyung Shin, among others. She has published her studies in numerous academic journals including Art Journal, Oxford Art Journal, World Art, and Archives of Asian Art and regularly contributes to the exhibition reviews of Artforum International and www.artforum.com.
    Open to all students from APRU member universities. Interested students should register by 10 May 2021.

    Tohoku Global Campus Project: Meet New Friends at Tohoku University & around the World!

    Offered by Tohoku University
    Join the Tohoku University Global Campus Supporters and IPLANET for an online social event with students from overseas universities. Let’s casually talk and learn about traditional Japanese food and the cuisines in your own countries!


    May
    23
    Sun
    May 23, 2021 I 6:30-8pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
    The ‘Tohoku Global Campus Project’ was launched as part of the Tohoku University Be Global Project to create opportunities for students from overseas universities to interact with Tohoku University students. Participants can learn about Japan and Japanese culture through conversations with students at Tohoku University.

    Tohoku University Global Campus Supporters (GCS) is a student organization that supports students who would like to study abroad and contributes to making our campus more inclusive. IPLANET is an international exchange organization in which Tohoku University students and international students from IPLA interact with each other.

    This event is organized as a part of the Tohoku University Be Global project.
    For more information, please visit our websites.
  • Tohoku University Global Campus Supporters (GCS): https://www.insc.tohoku.ac.jp/japanese/preparing/gcs/
  • IPLANET: https://www.insc.tohoku.ac.jp/english/exchange/ipla
  • Tohoku University Be Global Project: https://www.insc.tohoku.ac.jp/english/be-global-project/
  • Open to all students from APRU member universities. Interested students should register by 21 May 2021.

    Global Climate Change & Climate Tipping Point

    Offered by POSTECH
    In this talk, Prof. Jong-Seong Kug from the Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, POSTECH will introduce a possibility of the climate tipping point as well as discuss the ongoing global climate change.

    Click Here to Watch the Activity Teaser


    Jun
    16
    Wed
    Jun 16, 2021 I 10:30-11:30am Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
    A tipping point refers to a point where a phenomenon slowly progresses and then explodes in response to small forcing. Originally, the tipping point starts with economics, but recently, the climate tipping point has been drawing attention. In other words, global warming caused by the increase in greenhouse gases is slowly progressing now, but at some point, there can be a time when the Earth where we live changes rapidly. Recently, the Paris Agreements on Climate Change has decided to curb the rise in global temperatures by increasing greenhouse gases below 2℃, because scientists warned that a tipping point could come if it rises above 2 degrees Celsius. Gradual climate change also has a great impact on humanity, but rapid climate change can come as a catastrophe for mankind. In this talk, Prof. Jong-Seong Kug will introduce a possibility of the climate tipping point as well as the ongoing global climate change.

    About the Speaker

    Prof. Jong-Seong Kug is a professor and Muenjae distinguished professor at the Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea. After studying climate dynamics for his PhD at Seoul National University in 2003, he worked as a research scientist at University of Hawaii and as a senior research scientist at the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology before joining the POSTECH in 2014. His expertise is in understanding and predicting climate variability and changes. So far, he published more than 180 peer-reviewed paper, and his H-index is 52 with more than 11,000 citations. He was a winner of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Science Prize in 2015, and received the presidential award for research excellence in 2018.
    Open to all students from APRU member universities. Interested students should register by 11 June 2021.

    Enrich your Education with High-Impact Opportunities

    Offered by University of California, Riverside
    Join this presentation that discusses the concept of ‘high-impact’ and how students can benefit by participating in high-impact educational opportunities, such as travel study programs, undergraduate research, service learning, internships, and other strategic initiatives focused on supporting a rich student experience.


    Jun
    24
    Thu
    Jun 24, 2021 I 6pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
    Life in college matters for life after college. Students who were closely engaged with faculty or participated in an internship program were more likely to be engaged at work and have a higher level of well-being, according to a research study. Universities across the world offer many similar high-impact opportunities to support and enrich the student experience, and life beyond college. High-impact educational programs help to: stimulate intellectual engagement; provide hands-on, real-world, active learning; raise levels of academic performance, retention, and success; and multiple experiences produces greater benefits.

    Join this presentation that discusses the concept of ‘high-impact’ and how students can benefit by participating in high-impact educational opportunities, such as travel study programs, undergraduate research, service learning, internships, and other strategic initiatives focused on supporting a rich student experience.
    Open to all students from APRU member universities.

    Cultural & Academic Explorations through the Sounds of Music

    Offered by University of California, Riverside
    From the Concert Band, to the Mariachi Ensemble, to a course on micro-operas, to its weekly Wednesday@Noon music events series on Zoom, much like Music Departments in many universities, the UC Riverside's Department of Music has something to offer everyone!


    Jul
    1
    Thu
    Jul 1, 2021 I 6pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
    Join us for a discussion about exploring your involvement within your university’s Music Department. Learn about the possibilities of engaging in events, course offerings, and performances that are open to all, regardless of prior experience with music. While each department of Music is unique to its location and talents, we will also share information about the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music, recent guest artists, ensembles, and professors, as well as some of the cross-genre, interdisciplinary work in the department at UC Riverside.

    Engaging with your department of Music can satisfy many musical and cultural interests. As an example, UC Riverside’s Department of Music’s offerings range from traditional Western art music and ethnomusicology to cultural studies, gender/sexuality studies, critical theory, free improvisation, digital and electronic music composition, popular music, area studies, and more. Learn more about how you can celebrate music with your Music Department, which often includes enjoying performances by special guests, and free online events and resources.
    Open to all students from APRU member universities.

    CUHK Presents: Cook with Us in Hong Kong 2

    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 Chinese scallion pancakes together!


    Jul
    9
    Fri
    Jul 9, 2021 I 10-11am Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
    Easy to make yet mouthwatering savory, the crispy Chinese scallion pancake is one of the most favorite breakfast bites in Chinese communities worldwide. 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 pancakes from scratch.
    Open to all students from APRU member universities.

    Exploring Japanese 'Manzai' - Intercultural Comedy Show

    Offered by Tohoku University
    Welcome to the world of Japanese Manzai! In this event, Tohoku students are going to show their Manzai performances which they have created from scratch. Please enjoy the performance and blow off some steam with laughter!


    Jul
    14
    Wed
    Jul 14, 2021 I 3-4pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
    Manzai is a traditional form of Japanese stand-up comedy where 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 special event, seven hilarious teams of students from diverse cultural backgrounds will perform intercultural Manzai.

    - Activity Flyer
    - Event Report
    Open to all students from APRU member universities. Interested students should register by 13 July 2021.

    Ecological Course – Making Traditional Chinese Food

    Offered by Harbin Institute of Technology


    Jul
    16
    Fri
    Jul 16, 2021 I 2-4pm Beijing Time (UTC+8)
    Ecological course is one of the characteristic courses of China Discovery International Summer School at Harbin Institute of Technology. In this activity, students will learn to make traditional Chinese food, like dumplings, tea eggs, as well as northeast cuisine – Guobaorou (sweet and sour pork), which is very popular among international students.

    Ingredients to be prepared:
    Dumplings: flour, chopped meat, Chinese cabbage, seasoning (soy sauce, salt, pepper, cooking oil, scallion, ginger)
    Tea eggs: eggs, tea, seasoning (star anise, pepper, salt, soy sauce, sugar)
    Guobaorou: pork tenderloin, carrot, cilantro, scallion, ginger, garlic, seasoning (salt, soy sauce, cooking oil, sugar, vinegar)
    Open to all students from APRU member universities. Interested students can register either through (i) the online registration system (Select China Discovery Program– Ecological course) or (ii) by filling out the registration form and send it by email to lidongmei@hit.edu.cn.

    Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Webinar

    Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong




    Jul
    19
    Mon
    Jul 19, 2021 I 3-4:15pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
    Have you ever thought about translating your innovative ideas into action and starting your own business? In this webinar, three young CUHK alumni entrepreneurs will share their career ambitions and how they have coped with different challenges when establishing their start-ups. Join us and get ready to embark on your entrepreneurial journey!

    Host:

    Prof. Andy Wong, Co-director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Speakers:

    • Mr. Tony Song, Co-founder of NEX Team
    • Mr. Eric Kuo, Co-founder of R-Guardian
    • Ms. Winnie Lee, Co-founder of Spread-it

    Click here for the host and speakers' biographies.
    Open to all students from APRU member universities.

    Chinese Paper-Cut Class

    Offered by Harbin Institute of Technology


    Jul
    29
    Thu
    Jul 29, 2021 I 2-4pm Beijing Time (UTC+8)
    Chinese Paper-cut refers to handicrafts made by cutting paper with scissors to form different patterns and pasting them on walls, windows, doors and ceilings. It has a history of more than 1500 years and it represents cultural values of the people throughout China. It was listed in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. In the Chinese Paper-cut class, students will learn to cut Chinese characters, flowers, animals and figures.

    Materials needed: Scissors, Paper, carving knife
    Open to all students from APRU member universities. Interested students can register either through (i) the online registration system (Select China Discovery Program–Manual Course) or (ii) by filling out the registration form and send it by email to lidongmei@hit.edu.cn.

    Value Design-through Design & Techne

    Offered by POSTECH
    This lecture will approach the meaning of a more expanded design from a narrow design, and attempt to explain ‘Techne’, which plays an important role in this process. This will allow us to understand the concept of value design.

    Click Here to Watch the Activity Teaser


    Aug
    11
    Wed
    Aug 11, 2021 I 11am-12nn Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
    It is a time when there is a great demand for work to train the process of finding and solving problems creatively and strategically through the correct approach and the understanding of design thinking. Therefore, it is necessary to carry out strategic tasks that contemplate and raise the value of life by fusion of humanities, social, artistic imagination and reflection with engineering knowledge.

    Value design refers to the design work of value in the process of human beings properly grasping social and global problems and trying to solve them in reality. This lecture aims to predict the future by specifically answering questions and concerns about how to carry out the value design process.

    About the Speaker

    Prof. Jin Taek KIM
    majored in philosophy at the undergraduate level. He received a doctorate in media aesthetics from the University of Paris 1, France, and is currently working as a professor at the Department of Convergence IT Engineering, POSTECH.

    He is researching the fields of Corpology, Cybernetics, and Transmedia art based on convergence reflection on the body and image, and is carrying out projects in the field of Value Design through Design Thinking and the application of interdisciplinary knowledge. His thesis includes "Learning Hierarchical Representations of Stories by Using Multi-layered Structures in Narrative Multimedia" and "L'Expérience phénoménologique du regard et le narcissisme de la vision". His books include "Value Design" and "Techne-Imagination".
    Open to all students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 6 August 2021.

    How is the Sport Industry Evolving with Digital Transformation?

    Offered by POSTECH
    Join the POSTECH Korea Sport Industry Development Institute (KSIDI) on a special lecture on the digital transformation of the sport industry and interact directly with the expert professors in the area.

    Click Here to Watch the Activity Teaser


    Aug
    24
    Tue
    Aug 24, 2021 I 10-11am Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
    The sport industry is undergoing a rapid upheaval as digital technology is unlocking unprecedented opportunities. The global trend of sport technology has been revolving around building new ecosystems through digital transformation to create new values. In particular, these digitally transformed ecosystems have the potential to change the performance of athletes and teams; the experiences of fans; and the operation of venues.

    At POSTECH, the Korea Sport Industry Development Institute (KSIDI) focuses on sport technology with the use of big data, data science, wearable sensors, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and virtual reality. In this special lecture, one of the innovative interdisciplinary research projects to develop a support system to enhance the performance of soccer teams will be introduced to the participants.

    About the Speaker:

    Faculty Members from POSTECH Korea Sport Industry Development Institute (KSIDI):
    1) Prof. Young-Seok Kim, Chair Professor, Director of Sports AIX Graduate Program & Korea Sport Industry Development Institute
    2) Prof. Minseok Song, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial & Management Engineering & Head of Open Innovation Big Data Center
    3) Prof. Youngjoo Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
    4) Prof. Yoonyoung Chung, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
    5) Prof. Mijung Kim, Research Professor, Korea Sport Industry Development Institute
    6) Prof. Yongsuk Seo, Research Professor, Korea Sport Industry Development Institute
    Open to all students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 20 August 2021.

    International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR)

    Offered by Monash University
    Sep
    28
    Tue

    to

    Sep
    29
    Wed
    Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2021
    Join the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) from 28 to 29 September (27 to 29 September in the Americas) as a virtual audience member to experience some of the best interdisciplinary undergraduate research from around the world.

    ICUR is a two-day, 48-hour international and interdisciplinary undergraduate conference. Hosted by Monash University and the University of Warwick, ICUR connects undergraduate researchers globally to present their research to a virtual audience from around the world.


    All students from APRU member universities are welcome.

    CV and Cover Letter Writing Workshop: How to Make the Sub-points Even More Powerful?

    Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


    Oct
    12
    Tue
    Oct 12, 2021 I 2-3:30pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
    To secure an interview opportunity, building a professional CV and cover letter is crucial. While recruiters averagely spend only seconds looking over a candidate’s profile, you need to catch their attention at first sight. Learning how to employ bullet points in a CV can quickly and easily show an employer that you're an ideal fit for the job. In this workshop, Grace Siu, Senior Learning & Development Trainer from HKUST Career Center, will let you know how to construct an effective CV and cover letter to make sure your application is not lost in the shuffle. Come and join us!
    All students from APRU member universities are welcome. Interested students should register by 10 October.

    Conservation Battlefront

    Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong


    Oct
    13
    Wed
    Oct 13, 2021 I 9:30-10:45am Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
    Ocean Park Hong Kong has been recognized as world’s top theme park not only offers a diverse selection of world-class animal attractions, thrill rides and shows, but also provides a wide range of educational programs and activities to promote the importance of sustainable conservation.

    In this programme, you will discover Ocean Park’s role in education, conservation and entertainment. An Ocean Park educator will take the participants to explore the Hong Kong wildlife, in particular the butterflies, sea turtles, and corals, to understand the threats that these animals are facing due to human activities, and most importantly, what we can do to protect and conserve our rich biodiversity.
    All students from APRU member universities are welcome.

    Decode the Most Challenging Interview Questions: How to Talk about Failures in a Job Interview?

    Offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


    Oct
    20
    Wed
    Oct 20, 2021 I 3-4:30pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
    Are you ready to answer tough questions in a job interview? Do you know how to respond when you come across questions asking about your weakness? It can be a tricky situation if you want to impress, but you’re explicitly being asked to talk about something you fail at. To gear up for your interviews, our speaker, Grace Siu, Senior Learning & Development Trainer from HKUST Career Center, will decode commonly asked challenging questions in this workshop. Don’t miss the chance and join us!
    All students from APRU member universities are welcome. Interested students should register by 18 October.

    APRU “Global Perspectives on Anti-Asian Racism: Overcoming The Hate” Webinar Series

    Offered by APRU
    While anti-Asian racism has already existed globally, the reemergence of geopolitical tensions, inequities and even violence are now in sharp focus because of the Covid-19 crisis and has revealed the rising and rampant hate.

    This is a critical time for understanding and serious dialogue. Bringing together university students, experts, and leaders, APRU universities are creating a space to share knowledge and experience to have difficult conversations across the Asia-Pacific region. This dialogue is designed to open the door for more understanding of racially targeted hate and the ways that these ideas circulate and have influence of our daily lives.
    Oct
    28
    Thu
    Part I: Understanding and Overcoming Anti-Asian Hate
    Oct 28, 2021 I 6-7:30pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
    President Trump’s rhetoric blaming China for the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed a wave of violence and animus against Asians in the US on the heels of an intensifying trade war. In a one-year period from March 2020, there were over 6,800 incidents reported to the Stop AAPI Hate website. How can we understand this phenomenon in the context of Asian American history? What can we do to stop the rise in racial hatred? And what are cities doing to confront this problem? Four distinguished speakers will provide data and analysis, share effective interventions, and offer a comparative perspective on this important issue.

    Nov
    17
    Wed
    Part II: Global Perspectives
    Nov 17, 2021 I 5-7:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
    The rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and acts of prejudice against people of Asian heritage during the COVID-19 era is not unique to the United States. Even during the earliest days of the outbreak, residents of Wuhan were victims of discrimination in other parts of China. Since that time, many countries around the globe have witnessed a rise in hate crimes and ethnic tension.
    Featuring two panels, a faculty and student panel from four APRU universities (UCLA, The University of British Columbia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The University of Auckland), this forum provides a space for reflection, analysis, solidarity, and activism to explore Anti-Asian Hate in a global context.
    All students from APRU member universities are welcome.

    A Book Talk with Native Scholar Professor Tsim D. Schneider

    Offered by University of California, Santa Cruz


    Nov
    8
    Mon
    Nov 8, 2021 I 4pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
    Professor Schneider’s book, The Archaeology of Refuge and Recourse, explores the dual practices of refuge and recourse among Indigenous peoples of California. Applying theories of place and landscape, Schneider (Citizen of Graton Rancheria) argues for a new direction in the archaeology of colonialism.

    This book offers insight about the critical and ongoing relationships Indigenous people maintained to their homelands despite colonization and systematic destruction of their cultural sites. In this book talk, Professor Schneider will discuss the topic with Dr. Peter A. Nelson and Nick Tipon, fellow citizens of his tribe.
    All students from APRU member universities are welcome. Interested students are advised to use their university email to register for the talk.

    UC Santa Cruz on Native Land: Popeloutchom & the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

    Offered by University of California, Santa Cruz


    Nov
    16
    Tue
    Nov 16, 2021 I 7-8:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
    In honor of Native American Heritage Month, come to hear about the indigenous peoples of the Santa Cruz and larger Monterey Bay Area, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Members of the tribal band, together with staff from UC Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History will share with us about the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program and the conservation of Mt. Umunhum, and will lead us in a discussion of intercultural environmental connections and indigenous ethnobotany in our own local communities.
    All students from APRU member universities are welcome. Interested students are advised to use their university email to register for the talk.