About AUAP


Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions in Asia Pacific and around the world. Membership is to those individuals who serve as presidents, rectors or vice-chancellors at regionally accredited colleges or universities, privates sectors and international organizations.


The primary purpose of AUAP is to be the main platform for interaction and collaboration among members and the voice of universities in Asia and the Pacific and a unique worldwide platform that facilitates the exchange of professional experience through conferences, seminars, publications, and commissions.

AUAP believes the best approach to achieve its aims are to:

Recognizing the need to relate education to the life and aspirations of the people, and to preserve and enhance the cultural, social and economic development of society for the people

Believing that regional cooperation among universities can contribute substantially to the improvement of national systems of higher education, economic and social development, human resources development and to mutual understanding and respect among people;

Further believing that such co-operation can be highly effective and manageable on a regional scale;

Conscious that the diversity of the institutions and systems of higher education of Asia and the Pacific constitutes a resource which can be drawn upon to the advantage of all concerned;

Believing that an association of the universities of the region can enhance mutual co-operation among individual institutions to enrich their role in teaching, research and service and thus in promoting justice, human dignity, progress and peace;

Believing also that in these matters the efforts of a regional association will complement those of international, sub-regional and national bodies concerned with higher education. Hereby decide to establish an Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific. AUAP has continued to strive for excellence in the following:

The primary purpose of AUAP is to be the main platform for interaction and collaboration among members and the voice of universities in Asia and the Pacific:

To promote a culture of quality and innovation in higher education, research and service to the community

To preserve and enhance the values and cultural diversity of Asia Pacific towards better understanding and cooperation for socioeconomic development and (universal) peace

To engage with stakeholders of the higher education and other organizations to further the objectives of AUAP

To promote peace and international understanding through education. AUAP is an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) holding the highest formal consultation rights with UNESCO.


AUAP was found and established by representatives of universities in the Asia and Pacific region assembled in conference at Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhorn Ratchasima, Thailand, on 28 July 1995 provide the means whereby the universities at the Asia and Pacific region as defined by UNESCO.