The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a consortium of 42 leading research universities in the Pacific Rim. The consortium aims to foster education, research and enterprise thereby contributing to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement of the Pacific Rim. APRU was founded in 1997, in Los Angeles, USA, by a group of Pacific Rim university leaders to enable member universities to contribute to the development of a prosperous and progressive Pacific Rim community. Started in 2000, the APRU Doctoral Students Network (APRU DSN) is a self-governed graduate students' organization under the umbrella of APRU. The APRU DSN aims to connect doctoral students in the Pacific Rim and further research dialogues through the annual APRU Doctoral Students' Conference (APRU DSC). The 10th Annual Association of Pacific Rim Universities Doctoral Students Conference (APRU DSC) was successfully finished from 6 to 10 July, 2009 at the Clock Tower Centennial Hall of Kyoto University in Japan. The Kyoto University (KU) Organizing Committee of the Conference called for papers at the 10th APRU DSC. Doctoral students from all disciplines were invited to attend and present papers related to their doctoral research. I also joined this conference from Kyoto University. Five hundred seventy five (575) abstracts were submitted for this conference and for the final participants only 96 papers were accepted for this conference. The selection process was highly competitive. My paper was also accepted for this conference. The main theme of the 10th APRU DSC was "Promoting Originality and Diversity in Research."
Nepali frens in conference (Shiva, Jeet, Muni raj, Govinda and me)
DSN excom election on July 8
Participants voting for New DSN excom
Reception party on July 8
Ms. Kyoko from Kyoto University
me with vice-precident of Kyoto University
Ms. Jennifer (from University of Southen California), DSN election committee member announced elected new DSN excom on July 9
New Elected DSN excom
New elected excom and ex excom of DSN
Ms. Thuckavadee Sthienrapapayut from Bangkok University interacting in social program
Me, Hideki Aoyama and Alex Montes at end of the conference.