Mission, Vision & Goals

As the past two decades have amply demonstrated, the environment for higher education in the Asia Pacific region is both dynamic and inventive. In virtually every country the complex of institutional forms and practices, academic content, and the relationship of such institutions to their surrounding societies have undergone substantial change. APHERP seeks to frame various approaches to the study of this dynamic higher education environment, link the research efforts of complex and diverse institutions throughout the region, and investigate the range of innovations impacting higher education, with a particular emphasis on the ways these play out in the arenas of innovation, policy, governance and quality.



APHERP aspires to be a major network and source of quality research and professional training across major higher education policy issues of common interest and importance throughout the breadth of the Asia-Pacific Region with a particular focus on identifying and conducting research on emerging issues and trends of significance to higher education.



APHERP will identify leading scholars of quality throughout the world with identified interests and capabilities in Asia Pacific higher education and work to promote their collaborative efforts to produce leading-edge scholarship. Our mission equally is to create quality outlets for such research and supportive funding for its conduct and conduct focused professional training activities based on the cumulative reach of this research.



Our goal is to develop an organization that will bring together in a variety of research and policy related endeavors leading scholars from throughout the region to frame and undertake cutting-edge research and policy discourse. We envision a central concern to be the identification and research of what may be termed “early horizon” issues, namely those in their emergent stage, but sufficiently manifest to permit meaningful description, characterization, and focused research. Experience with such issues has demonstrated that often they emerge without much precursor activity and come to intrude into existing policy agendas and practices in disruptive ways, often challenging well-established “legacy” programs and practices of traditional higher education. Early identification of such issues and work on their possible consequences can have beneficial effects across the range of higher education institutions and other research and policy-focused partners envisioned by APHERP.

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