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Monthly Report No.37 (March. 30, 2013)

Dear AC21 Members,


Greetings from the AC21 General Secretariat!

Thank you very much for your continued support of AC21 and its activities. The following are updates and some recent news from AC21.


 1.       AC21 International Graduate Summer School Update

The AC21 International Graduate Summer School (AC21 IGSS) is only two months away. The three host universities, namely, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University and Nagoya University, have been working diligently to prepare for the AC21 IGSS. The keynote speakers and lecturers for the AC21 IGSS are all now confirmed. We are very grateful for the cooperation of the member universities in nominating their distinguished scholars as keynote speakers and lecturers for the AC21 IGSS.


We would like to remind member universities which have not yet nominated their students to the AC21 IGSS to give their nominations as soon as possible to the AC21 General Secretariat. The details of student applications for participating in this AC21 IGSS have already been sent to the AC21 Communicators of each member university, but they can be viewed on the AC21 website, along with the latest program, short biographies of keynote speakers and lecturers and their abstracts. Please visit the website below for up-to-date information about the AC21 IGSS.



The three host universities would like the AC21 Communicator or person in charge of AC21 in AC21 member universities to observe the AC21 IGSS. Please refer to the email sent to AC21 Communicators for detailed information.


While the host universities have been hard at work visiting companies to solicit donations for this project, we are still short of our goal. We would appreciate it very much if other AC21 member universities could contribute by generating fundraising for the Graduate Summer School as well. If you can help, please contact the AC21 General Secretariat (office@ac21.org).


 2.       AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) 2013

The results of the evaluations of applications have already been sent to the respective applicants. The three projects to be granted the fund this year are listed below. Congratulations!

Project Title

Participating Universities

Building a Research Network for Climate Change and China-EU Trade

 1. Nanjing University (Representative)
 2. Huazhong University of Science and Technology
 3. The University of Strasbourg
 4. University of Freiburg

Development of Sono-process for Green Innovation and the Applications in Environment (Joint research between small groups of researchers)

 1. Nanjing University (Representative)
 2. Nagoya University
 3. Tongji University

The Forum on Academic Discuss on Development of Distance Function Preserving Finite Element Level Set Methods

 1. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Representative)
 2. Jilin University
 3. North Carolina State University


 3.       Stellenbosch International Academic Networks (SIAN) Meeting

Our member university, Stellenbosch University, hosted the SIAN (Stellenbosch International Academic Networks) Meeting from March 5-9, 2013 at Stellenbosch, South Africa. We would like to congratulate Stellenbosch University on the success of this Meeting as well as the ceremony celebrating its 20 years of International Networks & Mobility. The AC21 General Secretariat attended the Meeting and gave some presentations. Stellenbosch University and the AC21 General Secretariat promoted the AC21 and its activities to partner institutions of Stellenbosch University in the hope that they will attend the 2014 AC21 International Forum to be held in early spring 2014 at Stellenbosch University.

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Presentation at the Session International Student Mobility Fair (Joint Booth of AC21 and Nagoya University) Staff Members of Post Graduate & International Office (PGIO) of Stellenbosch University and Members of AC21 General Secretariat


  4.         AC21 General Secretariat participated in Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference & Exhibition 2013

The AC21 General Secretariat exhibited a joint booth with Nagoya University at the APAIE Conference & Exhibition 2013. The conference was hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong from March 11-14, 2013. http://www.apaie.org/conference/2013/  The Secretariat had meetings with delegates of the following member universities attending APAIE: Chemnitz University of Technology, University of Freiburg, Kasetsart University, Jilin University and Stellenbosch University.


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Delegates of Chemnitz University of Technology, University of Freiburg, and Stellenbosch University

(from left to right) and the AC21 General Secretariat


 5.         University of Freiburg visited Nagoya University

On March 26, the AC21 General Secretariat welcomed guests from the University of Freiburg, including Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer (Rector), Prof. Dr. Gunther Neuhaus (Vice-Rector for Research), Prof. Dr. Yiannos Manoli (Dean of Engineering), and Ms. Katharina Aly (Director of the International Office) to Nagoya University. We had a fruitful discussion about our future collaboration! The representatives of the University of Freiburg also met the leaders of Nagoya University.

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Meeting between Delegation of the University of Freiburg and

 the Members of the AC21 General Secretariat


 6.         5th AC21 Working Breakfast at NAFSA 2013 hosted by Chemnitz University of Technology

Chemnitz University of Technology has generously offered to host the 5th AC21 Working Breakfast at NAFSA 2013. The NAFSA 2013 Annual Conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. from May 26-31. The date for the AC21 Working Breakfast will be announced by Chemnitz University of Technology shortly. Please be sure to attend!


 7.         AC21 Leaflet and AC21 Newsletter Volume 15

Both the revised AC21 Leaflet and Volume 15 of the AC21 Newsletter are now available both online and in print. Volume 15 of the AC21 Newsletter should be arriving at your universities soon. We would appreciate it if you could distribute this Newsletter to the appropriate recipients to keep them informed of AC21 news and its activities. They may also be viewed online at the link below:

(AC21 Leaflet)





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).


Warm regards,


AC21 General Secretariat

E-mail: office@ac21.org 

URL: http://www.ac21.org

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