Contact: APERA Secretariat,
Asia-Pacific Centre for Education
Leadership and School Quality,
The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong.
Phone: +852 2948 7722
Fax: +852 2948 7721
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What is APERA?
The idea of increased collaboration in educational research was discussed during a 1995 meeting co-sponsored by the UNESCO ASIA-Pacific Centre of Educational Innovation for Development (ACEID) and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Fourteen countries were represented at that meeting. Discussions centred on the identification of research priorities in the region and on ways of collaborating to address them.
A number of follow-up meetings were subsequently held over the next few years between research and development institutes in the region. These meetings included discussion of a regional educational research association.
In Tokyo in October 2000 participants in the UNESCO regional meeting, hosted by NIER, Japan, and attended by organisations from across the region, agreed to the establishment of APERA.
It was also decided at this meeting that ACER would provide secretariat services for the first few years, and that the APERA office would initially be located at the ACER office in Melbourne, Australia.
The launch of APERA took place at the 2001 UNESCO-ACEID conference in Bangkok on 13 December 2001.
How is APERA structured?
APERA is a not-for-profit organisation. The Board of Directors comprises 18 members drawn mainly from the initial APERA founding membership of twenty-two organisations from fourteen countries in the region (see www.apera.org for list of founding members). Membership is open for institutions, individuals and students.
Why an educational research association for the Asia-Pacific region?
- The Asia-Pacific has rich and unique traditions, cultural diversity and common challenges, including obstacles of language and geographical separation; It is home to over 60 per cent of the world's population; and
- It faces major educational challenges in an environment of ongoing social and economic change.