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Asia-Pacific Association for International Education

APAIE (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education)
Formation 2004
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
President Doo-Hee Lee

The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) was established by a founding committee consisting of university representatives from thirteen countries/regions in the Asia Pacific on 3 December 2004, at Korea University in Seoul, Korea.

It is a non-profit professional organization whose goal is to achieve greater cooperation among the academic institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region. The organization helps members to participate in exchange between institutions in the region. A conference is held every spring by APAIE, and former conferences took place in Korea University, National University of Singapore, and Waseda University. The conference in 2009 took place in Renmin University.[1][2]

APAIE is a constituent–led organization made up of individual members. It has a membership of more than 1,000 international education professionals – from professors to rectors to international exchange coordinators.

APAIE is for:

  • senior administrators,
  • personnel in academic institutions whose responsibilities are dedicated to international exchange and education,
  • international relations officers,
  • higher education funding council members,
  • education consultants with a passion for the Asia Pacific region and internationalism.[3]

APAIE is a member of The Association for Studies in International Education (ASIE) [4] is a group of organizations whose mission is to encourage research and publication dealing with international education and academic mobility, to stimulate interest in such work (both in the international education community and in academic circles in general), and to develop and promote ways to disseminate this work. The objective and primary focus of ASIE in fulfillment of this mission is the publication and distribution of the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE).


Professor Doo-Hee Lee, Korea University, was the brain trust of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education

Professor Lee has spearheaded the foundation of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education and serves as the re-elected president. He advocated APL (Asia Pacific Leaders) that promotes multi-lateral student exchanges in Asia Pacific. He serves as an executive committee member of the Network of International Education Associations. He co-chaired the Korea-China 21st Century Academic Forum.

As the vice president for Development and External Affairs, he organized the University Presidents' Global Forum for Korea University's Centennial Celebration. In the 2008 Global HR Forum, Professor Lee interviewed Jack Welch about issues in the economy. Professor Lee has been invited to international conferences as a speaker, including the European Association for International Education, ASEM, Indonesian University Presidents Seminar, International Advertising Association-World Congress, Internet World-India, COMDEX, and APO-Japan. He is an advisor to Korean government agencies and corporations. His publication includes 11 books and numerous articles.

The founding members are Griffith University (Australia), Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan), Mahidol University (Thailand), Waseda University (Japan), Korea University, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Brawijaya University (Indonesia), National University of Singapore, University of Hawaii, Manoa (USA), University of Delhi (India), University of Auckland (New Zealand), Chinese University of Hong Kong (China), and Renmin University of China (China).

APAIE started with the 13 active members of the international community who have agreed that associations such as NAFSA (USA) and EAIE (Europe) play crucial roles in the advancement of their missions. These organizations promote communication, cooperation, development of expertise, and provide networking opportunities for universities.[5]

Annual conferences

Hosted by Korea University, Korea, March 2006.

400 participants from 145 institutions of 26 countries attended the APAIE conference and exhibition in Korea. The educators gathered to address the international education issues in the Asia Pacific region with the main theme, "Trends and Changes in Asia Pacific Higher Education." The workshop, "Keep up on China" produced discussion on Chinese higher education and development, the progress Chinese universities in internalization, and U.S. - China Educational Partnership. There were thirty-two exhibition booths with university representatives. A farewell dinner and party concluded the first annual APAIE conference and exhibition. [6]

Hosted by National University of Singapore, Singapore. March 2007

There were twenty-three university presidents represented at the APAIE conference and exhibition in Singapore. There were 476 participants from 282 institutions representing 48 countries. "Keeping up on India" was the theme for the workshop. The conference topic, "The Asia Pacific Renaissance of Higher Education" spurred the panel discussions and the social functions.[7]

Hosted by Waseda University, Japan. March 2008.

With the workshop theme "Keeping Up on Japan," followed by the topic "What's Next in Asia Pacific Higher Education?" was discussed by the Presidents and Vice-Presidents from regional institutions. There were 73 exhibition booths from 59 institutions of 18 countries represented at the APAIE Exhibition. [8]

Hosted by Renmin University of China, China. April 2009.

After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China hosted 800 participants at the APAIE conference and exhibition. 380 institutions representing 42 countries attended the APAIE conference and exhibition. There were three keynote speeches and 34 concurrent sessions with 134 speakers from all over the world with the theme "Asia Pacific Higher Education: Developing Leadership and Enhancing Harmony." More than 60 presidents and vice presidents from top educational institutions shared their visions of the future on higher education at the "President's Roundtable" sessions.[9]

Hosted by Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia. April 2010.

With the theme, “Educating for Extremes” (Educating for global challenges in a rapidly changing world), there were 876 participants from 50 countries representing 463 universities. The percentage of delegates from regions was: Oceania 36%, Asia 31%, Europe 21%, USA and Canada 11%, and other regions 1%. A guest speakers was Bob Hawke, the former Prime Minister of Australia, who has touched the issues in the educating for global challenges in Asia Pacific.[3][10]

Hosted by National Taiwan University in Taipei. March 2011.[11]


See also

External links

  • Official website

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