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Monthly Report No.68 (March 24, 2016)

Dear AC21 members,


Greetings from the AC21 General Secretariat!

The month of March for us at the General Secretariat is a season usually reserved for the participation in the APAIE and announcement of the Special Project Fund winners, so this issue features these topics along with other news. Here you are!



1) Announcement of AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) 2016 Awardees: SPF Granted to Three Proposals This Yearaward-158854_1280.png

The SPF 2016 application was closed on January 31, 2016. After a review process by the Steering Committee (STC), the following three proposals have been selected as the SPF 2016 recipients. Congratulations!


Project Title

Participating Universities

International Workshop on Biomedical Engineering Education: Designing Practical Program and Promoting Industry Involvement

Nagoya University (Project Representative)

North Carolina State University

University of Minnesota

University of Strasbourg

Interdisciplinary Joint Urban Design Studio (IJUD studio): URBAN MOBILITY, SHARING ECONOMY, INNER HARBOURS

The University of Adelaide (Project Representative)

University of Strasbourg

Tongji University

Intelligent Transport Systems: Development of Collaborative Research Areas as Bridge between Developed and Developing Countries to Ensure Sustainable and Innovative Deployment

Stellenbosch University (Project Representative)

North Carolina State University

University of Minnesota

(All AC21 Institutions will be approached to participate.)



2) AC21 International Forum 2016 to be held in Chemnitz, Germany Logo_Variante.png

The AC21 International Forum 2016 will be hosted by the Technische Universität Chemnitz from April 30 to May 3, 2016, under the overarching theme "Networks of Innovation for the Transformation of Society through Science", along with the following four sub-themes:

1) Finding the "best practices" for creating networks with scientific, economic, political or societal partners in a global context; 2) Building "chains of innovation" for development in science, economy, and society; 3) Stimulating innovation and a "transfer culture" within trans-disciplinary, cross-sector networks; and 4) Identifying key innovation drivers and creating framework conditions and infrastructures.


One of the special attributes of the IF 2016 is that the forum will be held in the week commemorating the jubilee, as 2016 marks the 180th anniversary of TU Chemnitz which was founded in 1836.


Additionally, the "AC21 Presidency Rotation" mini-ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 3 at the Closing Reception of the Forum. The AC21 Presidency is an honorary designation and served in rotation by a representative of the host institution of the AC21 International Forum. At the mini-ceremony, the ornament that symbolizes the Presidency will be handed from the Technische Universität Chemnitz over to Jilin University, the host of the next IF to be held in 2017.



3) AC21 Steering Committee (STC) Meeting and General Assembly (GA)

This year's STC and GA will be held at Chemnitz on April 30 and May3, respectively. Anticipated agenda items for the events include new STC members and hosts for the 2019 and 2020 events. Furthermore, we at the General Secretariat are now considering, in collaboration with the TU Chemnitz based on its proposal, a new attempt to enhance the AC21 collaboration: setting up a workshop as a place for sharing and learning from each other, in which AC21 delegates participate.



4) General Secretariat attend APAIE 2016 at Melbourne

This year's APAIE had over 1,600 participants from around the world. We met and exchanged thoughts and views with colleagues from various parts of the globe, including those from AC21 member universities. The AC21/Nagoya University's joint booth drew many visitors and everyday was filled with appointments and meetings.


We also participated as a presenter in the Parallel Session 2F on March 1. AC21 delivered a group presentation entitled "AC21: The Consortia as a Tool for Collaboration in Education, Research and Beyond", which was successful.


The group was comprised of presenters from the following member universities:

(in alphabetical order)

- The University of Adelaide

- Technische Universität Chemnitz

- Chulalongkorn University

- University of Freiburg

- Nagoya University


As usual, APAIE provides a good opportunity for meeting AC21 colleagues in person, as well as for enhancing the presence and visibility of the Consortium.


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Thank you for your continued support of AC21 and its activities.

If you would like to share news or events with the other members through this Monthly Report, please send them to the AC21 General Secretariat at: office@ac21.org.


Warm regards,

AC21 General Secretariat


E-mail: office@ac21.org

URL: http://www.ac21.org

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