About APRU

As a network of 61 leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. In the post-pandemic era, our strategic priorities focus on providing a neutral platform for high-level policy dialogue, taking actions on climate change, and supporting diversity, inclusion, and minorities. APRU’s primary activities support these strategic priorities with a focus on key areas such as disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, indigenous knowledge, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence, waste management and more.


About APRU Multi-Hazards

40% of the world’s natural disaster events and 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur in the Asia Pacific. In a region of inevitable disaster, improving the coordination and sharing of knowledge across borders is essential to deliver effective disaster reduction and recovery measures.

As one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, frequent natural hazards – from tsunamis to floods to volcanic eruptions- threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the Pacific Rim and result in catastrophic destruction and damage.

The losses and impacts that characterize disasters have much to do with the exposure and vulnerability of people and places as they do with the severity of the hazard event. While natural hazards cannot be eliminated by sharing best practice., knowledge and research, we can better understand risk and minimize the threat to human life.

Over the past decade, the Multi-Hazards Hub hosted by Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan has worked to harness the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on the shared threat of natural hazards facing the region.

APRU collaborates with its members and partners to understand how academics, policy leaders, government, and communities, can work together to facilitate disaster risk reduction and recovery. Whether it is enhancing the reach of the Sendai Framework or sharing expertise to mitigate the danger in countries must vulnerable to disaster risks, together we can build a more resilient Asia Pacific.

More information on: https://apru.org/our-work/pacific-rim-challenges/multi-hazards/

About the Symposium

The 16th APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Symposium 2021 is a symposium held by Disaster Risk Reduction Center Universitas Indonesia (DRRC UI) in collaboration with Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). This year, the symposium will be held online with the means of providing a platform for various parties from diverse affiliations to come together, share, discuss, initiate ideas and policies in Disaster Management.

Objectives of the Symposium

  1. To provide a platform for APRU members, partners, academics, policy leaders, government, and communities to work together to facilitate disaster risk reduction and recovery.
  2. To share an expertise in mitigate the danger in countries most vulnerable to disaster risks, and can build a more resilient in countries, especially in Asia Pacific.
  3. To address the challenges and the opportunities of disaster risk reduction
  4. To raise awareness about the current and future issue related to disaster risk reduction


“Building Partnerships for Sustainable Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for All Hazards”