The 39th AUAP Board Meeting in Taiwai, January 21, 2016

The 39th AUAP Board Meeting, the 4th Country Chapter Chair Committee Meeting, the 12th Advisory Council Meeting and the 31st AUAP Conference held in I-Shou University, Kaohsuing , Taiwan from January 21-22, 2016, were highly successful. Prof. Dr. Jei-fu Shaw, as the gracious host made the events remarkable.

Almost 100 delegates from 12 countries were warmly welcomed by Prof.Dr. Shawn Chen, President AUAP and Prof.Dr. Jei-fu Shaw. At the Welcome Reception Prof.Dr. Shawn Chen, President AUAP and Prof.Dr. Jei-fu Shaw personally welcomed everyone to Kaohsuing. 

The Board has introduced several new innovations to make AUAP more active with many relevant activities for the students and faculty. But the most significant change that the Board had made was the approval of the joint membership with the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). 

The theme of the 31st AUAP Conference was “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Their Roles in the Rapid Development of Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific” which covered the following topics: Building a smart university-big data, Innovation and ingenuity; Breaking boundaries towards global higher education; Cross sector collaboration with business and industry; Preparing students for future success; Role of cultures and languages in enhancing entrepreneurship and Universities and community development.

The highlight of the conference was the signing of several MOUs by partner institutions. All together, 80 MoUs were signed by partner universities and colleges from 12 countries .

The closing dinner on Saturday, January 23, 2016 was memorable and most of the delegates departed from Kaohsuing on, Sunday, January 24.