International Networks

UBC is proud to partner with peer universities around the world, and is part of two prominent international university networks.

APRU: Association of Pacific Rim Universities

APRU is a network of 45 Asia-Pacific Research Universities that seeks to foster cooperation in education and research in areas of major importance to the Pacific Rim community, including economic development, science and technology, human resource development, education, and environmental protection. APRU represents the universities’ interests collectively in discussions concerned with areas relating to education and research in the Pacific Rim region.

Through conferences, workshops, and programs APRU provides a forum for collaboration and enables partner universities to become effective contributors to the development of a prosperous and integrated Pacific Rim community.

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Universitas 21: The leading global network of research universities for the 21st century

The U21 network of 25 research-intensive universities from around the world fosters global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization.

A number of sub-committees and collaboration groups of representatives from participating universities are organized into three main categories: Research Engagement; Educational Innovation; and Student Experience. U21 holds ongoing and annual conferences and workshops for its members under these three umbrellas.

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UBC is also member of the following networks: