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Monthly Report No.29 (June, 30, 2012)

Dear AC21 Members and Partners,


Greetings from the AC21 General Secretariat!

First of all, please allow me to introduce myself. I am Ayako IDO, the new AC21 Project Coordinator of AC21 General Secretariat as of April 1st, 2012. From June onward I will be sending you a monthly report, to share with you AC21-related news and summary of AC21 activities of the General Secretariat and AC21 member universities. If you would like to share some news or events with the other members through this monthly report, please send them to the AC21 General Secretariat’s e-mail address (office@ac21.org). Our June monthly report covers AC21-related news of the last three months (April to June).  


1.       The Sixth AC21 International Forum 2012 in Adelaide, Australia

The Sixth AC21 International Forum 2012 was held on June 12-14, 2012, in Adelaide, Australia. More than 130 attendees, including delegates of AC21 member universities and governmental institutions, actively participated in discussions, and fortified their academic networks. This forum also provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate AC21’s 10th anniversary with delegates from AC21 member universities from around the world. Undoubtedly, all the attendees would join me in offering a huge congratulation to the University of Adelaide for the great success of the Forum, and thank them for their warm hospitality extended to the attendees. If you would like to view photos from the Forum, please visit the AC21 official website, as well as the post conference website of the University of Adelaide, both links listed below. If you would like to listen to and download some of the presentations from the Forum or provide the host university and AC21 General Secretariat with some feedback of your conference experience, please visit the University of Adelaide post conference website. We would greatly appreciate your cooperation in completing this short online survey.

AC21 official website (photo gallery):


Post conference website of the University of Adelaide (presentations, photo gallery, and feedback survey):



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2.       AC21 Steering Committee (STC) and General Assembly (GA) Meetings

Both STC and GA meetings were held on June 14th, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia. The AC21 General Secretariat will e-mail the summary of both STC and GA meetings shortly, but in the meantime, we would like to report on two of the main issues here.


2.1 STC members for the next term

Based on the results of the STC member election conducted at the General Assembly, we are happy to announce that the following six universities and Nagoya University will serve on the STC for the next term (Term for Group A: 2012-2014, Term for Group B: 2012-2016).

Group A: Chemnitz University of Technology, Chulalongkorn University, University of Adelaide

Group B: North Carolina State University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Stellenbosch University


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2.2   AC21 International Graduate Summer School

Based on discussions held during the STC meeting, the name of AC21’s new project, “AC21 International Schooling”, was modified to “AC21 International Graduate Summer School”. We will shortly be sending you an e-mail to ask for your cooperation in recommending keynote speakers and/or lecturers from your universities for this summer school. We do hope that you will recommend to us some suitable candidates for the success of this new project.


3.       Stellenbosch University visit

Professor Akiyoshi Yonezawa, one of the members of the AC21 General Secretariat visited Stellenbosch University from March 27 to April 1, 2012, to attend the Stellenbosch International Academic Network (SIAN) meeting. Many outstanding international collaborative activities that Stellenbosch University is engaged in were introduced. An international student mobility fair was held, featuring booths of participating universities. As our AC21 representative, Professor Yonezawa distributed AC21 pamphlets to the other universities in attendance.


4.       APAIE

The AC21 General Secretariat attended the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) held at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand from April 3-7, 2012, to exhibit a booth for AC21, and to hold a joint session with AC21 members. We had many visitors to our booth, and we also had individual meetings with AC21 member universities present, namely, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, the University of Adelaide, University of Freiburg, and University of Strasbourg. The title of our joint session was, “Academic Consortium 21 (AC21) Academia-Industry Ties: Examples from Three Global Leaders”. The presenters of the session were Dr. Eberhard Alles (Chemnitz University of Technology), Dr. Usanee Yodyingyuad (Chulalongkorn University) and Dr. Christopher Findlay (University of Adelaide); the session was chaired by Dr. Nami Iwaki (Vice Director of the AC21 General Secretariat, Nagoya University). A large number of audience members showed strong interest in the topic of academia-industry ties.


5.       NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference and the AC21 NAFSA Working Breakfast

AC21 Project Coordinator Ayako IDO attended the NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference at the end of May in Houston, Texas, USA, and the 4th AC21 NAFSA Working Breakfast hosted by the Chemnitz University of Technology on May 30th. Five AC21 member universities (Chemnitz University of Technology, Nagoya University, the University of Adelaide, University of Minnesota, University of Strasbourg) attended the Working Breakfast. Presentations were given on “Academia Industry Ties-Examples from University Leader” and “Cooperation with Industry-Institute of Lightweight Structures,” followed by active discussion amongst AC21 members on ways in which to strengthen partnerships among members. The report of the meeting will be provided in the next issue of the AC21 Newsletter.


6.       Announcement of 2012 AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) Application Results

We are happy to announce that the following two projects were adopted after thorough screening by STC members. The AC21 SPF was established to promote the development of research and educational exchange between AC21 members by financially supporting a variety of activities and research projects. We look forward to hearing about the results of such international collaborative research among AC21 members.



Project Title

Participating Universities

Planning for Sustainable Development in Thailand

Kasetsart University (Representative)

Tongji University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The 1st "Green Miracle" Youth Leadership Forum

Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Representative)

Nagoya University

Beijing University

Nanjing University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Tongji University


7.       AC21 Website Renewal

The AC21 official website underwent a renewal in May, 2012. Please visit http://www.ac21.org/english/index


Warm regards,



AC21 General Secretariat


Academic Consortium 21 (AC21) General Secretariat

Nagoya University

Address: Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601 Japan

Tel: +81-52-789-5684/5686  Fax: +81-52-789-2045

E-mail: office@ac21.org  URL: http://www.ac21.org


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