The ASPIRE League celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019. Looking back at the last decade, I am pleased to see the numerous and active collaborations developed by our member universities. With many students, faculty and staff members joining together to engage in various League-sponsored activities, our consortium has fostered collaborative research across disciplines and the cultivation of personal networks and even friendships across borders.
The ASPIRE Student Workshop, held annually as part of the ASPIRE Forum, is an especially popular event that brings together students of the ASPIRE member universities for a week of collaboration and exchange through joint investigation of a particular research theme. In recent years, the League has also deepened our cooperation with Europe’s IDEA League: we annually invite students from IDEA League member universities to join ASPIRE student programs and dispatch ASPIRE League students to Summer Schools hosted by the IDEA League member universities. These inter-consortium activities have resulted in wonderful opportunities for both our students and researchers to share their expertise and experiences with peers and colleagues across the world, thereby broadening the ASPIRE League’s engagement and global presence.
ASPIRE League chairpersons, past and present
Prof. Ichiro Okura, Executive Vice President, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Prof. Yong Taek Im, Associate Vice President, Office of Special Projects and Institutional Relations, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Prof. Chang D. Yoo, Associate Vice President, Office of Special Projects and Institutional Relations, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Prof. Yuan Si, Vice President, Tsinghua University
Prof. Joseph HW Lee, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, The Hong Kong Univeristy of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Prof. ER Meng Hwa, Senior Advisor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
Prof. Alan Chan, Vice President (Alumni and Advancement), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
Dr. Tetsuya Mizumoto, Executive Vice President (Education), Tokyo Institute of Technology