AUAP's primary purpose is to be the main platform for interaction and collaboration between members and to be an effective voice for universities in Asia and the Pacific region.


The leaders of AUAP have adopted a unified vision for the organization and that is the promotion of the general welfare and good image of their members. Through the cooperation of all these leaders, AUAP has the capability to shape and influence the outlook of higher education regionally and globally. The heads of these higher education institutions enjoy a global network of supportive colleagues and this enables AUAP to secure support for member institutionsinterests and concerns.


The Universities of Asia and the Pacific through their representatives assembled at a conference at Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on 28 July 1995:

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

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

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

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

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: Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific.


AUAP acts as a platform for interaction and collaboration among its members and be the voice of universities in Asia and the Pacific. The following are the main objectives of AUAP:

  1. To promote a culture of quality and innovation in higher education, research and services to the community;

  2. To preserve and enhance the values and cultural diversity of Asia, the Pacific and other regions of the world towards better understanding and cooperation for socio-economic development and universal peace;

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

  4. To cooperate, where appropriate, with other organizations whose objectives are similar to those of AUAP.

  5. To promote universal peace and international understanding through education

Priorities for 2021 2026

●Annual Conference, General Conference, Learning and Sharing Forum in Bangladesh, China, Romania, South Korea, Middle East, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and select locations among member institutions.’

●AUAP leadership development program for current and emerging Presidents/ Rectors/ Chancellors/Pro Chancellor/ Administrators/ Faculty and Students.

●Periodic snap surveys on key higher education and current issues.

●AUAP Student Exchange/ Summer Camp/ Global Leadership Program/ Sports.

●Degree recognition, faculty and student mobility, credit transfers, quality assurance.

●Tools to enhance online education and other relevant issues.

●Trainings/ seminars/ forums on key higher education issues. 

●Student Competition on various themes.

●Collaborate and develop strategic linkage with higher education organizations from around the world.