University network celebrates Asia-Pacific links 


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network will celebrate its links with the Asia-Pacific at the 2010 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference being held at the Gold Coast on 14-16 April.

IRU is a network of seven comprehensive Australian universities – including Charles Darwin University– conducting research of national and international standing and applying their collective knowledge capabilities and resources to enhance the outcome of higher education.

IRU will host a Breakfast Reception for over 70 representatives of valued partner organisations from a range of Asia-Pacific and other countries. These partnerships are central to the network’s goals of global engagement, research collaboration, student mobility and cultural diversity.

Chair of IRU International Group, Professor Gary Martin, will welcome the visitors and will launch a new IRU brochure highlighting the networks purpose and areas of focus.

International and domestic student representatives, sponsored by the seven member universities to attend the Conference, will also gather for a Student Roundtable.

“The Student Roundtable will provide a valuable opportunity for IRU members to receive feedback from a diverse group of students about the internationalisation of their universities,” Professor Martin said.

Each year, the IRU network enrols over 34,000 international students from 120 countries, with 85 per cent of students coming from the Asia-Pacific.