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International student forum of Asian Pacific universities to open in Vladivostok

June 25, 2013, 6:07 UTC+3

Participants will discuss international projects in the fields of student self-administration and volunteering

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VLADIVOSTOK, June 25 (Itar-Tass) - An international student forum of universities of Asia Pacific countries opens here Tuesday on the campus of the Far-Eastern Federal University located on the island of Russky.

Over the next three days, the participants will discuss international projects in the fields of student self-administration and volunteering, and inter-university education programs. One more initiative that will hopefully get under scrutiny is the setting up of a youth association of Asia Pacific Universities.

Alexander Magalyas, the head of the Far-Eastern Federal University’s press service told Itar-Tass the Russian delegation will have more than 20 members. All of them are students of the university and simultaneously activists of its public associations like the UN Model for the Far East, the Unified Student Research Society, the United Student Council, and the Volunteers Training Center.

“All the recommendations and projects elaborated by the participants will then be presented at a meeting of University Presidents of the Association of Asia Pacific Universities, which Vladivostok will host from June 27 through to June 29,” Magalyas said.

The list of participants in that gathering includes the Presidents of the National University of Singapore, Beijing University, Washington University, and other famous schools of higher learning.

The conference will take up a number of dramatic issues including the strategies of Asia Pacific countries in promulgating higher education and collaboration between universities and the governments of regional countries, as well as large international organizations, like the APEC.

The Association of Asia Pacific Universities was set up in 1997. It unites 42 leading universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan.

The Far-Eastern Federal University is the only Russian school represented there.

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