The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a network of 45 premier research universities from 16 economies around the Pacific Rim. Responding to the increased economic integration of the region and the formation of APEC, APRU was established in 1997 to establish a premier alliance of research universities as an advisory body to international organizations, governments and business on the development of science and innovation as well as on the broader development of higher education. APRU member universities together have around two million students, 120,000 faculty members and research capacities related to the key challenges facing the region.
APRU and IRIDeS launched the APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Program in April 2013 to mark the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. IRIDeS provides secretariat services as the regional program hub and coordinates the activities. It aims to harness the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and recovery, share strategies to cope with campus disaster risk management, and contribute to international policy making process on DRR.