In Second Senior Officials’ Meeting
APEC Study Centers foster greater integration in research
More than a dozen international experts made presentations at this meeting, the aim of which was to promote cooperation between education and research institutions.
Viña del Mar, May 13, 2019.- Chile’s Valparaíso Region was the setting for the annual meeting of the APEC Study Centers Consortium (ASCC), an organization that brings together more than sixty APEC research centers located in the 21 member economies from the Asia-Pacific region. The event was co-organized by the Chilean Government.
Taking part in the conference were more than 20 international speakers, added to which the organization invited leading representatives from civil society and academia. The purpose of this initiative was to generate a space for linking up and sharing knowledge with respect to the application of research on public policy issues, with the goal of jointly developing collaborative working agendas.
Among those making presentations were institutions such as Korea University, Auckland University, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, who presented their research on digital transformation, the challenges involved in training future talent, inclusion policies and the challenges and opportunities with respect to regional issues.
The discussion was chaired by Julie Kim, Chair of ASCC 2019, who is a member of the Faculty of Economics and Businesses at Universidad Diego Portales. Ms Kim highlighted the digital transformation as a pillar to generate opportunities for citizens: "Today, the challenges facing APEC societies go beyond trade integration, and include issues such as inclusion, the gender agenda, and the new skills and competencies required for economies in transformation, among others. These are issues to promote a shared work agenda aligned with public policies and the reality of business," commented Julie Kim.