Today, we are currently facing the era of “Disruption.” In line with this development, the 2018 Asian University Presidents Forum (AUPF) which will be held on 6-8 November 2018 chooses to highlight the phenomenon of “Disruption” in its main theme. “Leaders in education need to identify the potentials of disruptive technologies for their benefit in order to avert the disruptive powers of these technologies,” the Rector of Petra Christian University, Prof. Dr. Ir. Djwantoro Hardjito, M.Eng., emphasized.

Petra Christian University (PCU) will host the forum that brings together the leaders of higher education institutions from all over Asia. This forum will be attended by approximately 200 delegations consisting of university presidents and accompanying officials from more than 100 higher education institutions in Asia. With the theme “Disruption at the Cross Roads: Innovative Engagement and Future Challenges for Higher Education,” Petra Christian University has prepared a series of events during the forum that are not only interesting, but will also generate thoughtful and fruitful discussions as well as networking opportunities for the participants.

In fact, the 2018 AUPF meeting also receives full support from the Government of Surabaya for the City Tour and Welcome Dinner. The Mayor of Surabaya, Dr. (H.C) Ir. Tri Rismaharini, M.T. herself, has sponsored the city tour, allowing participants to visit some important and historical venues in Surabaya, some of which are not usually open for public. Among others, some of the locations that will be visited are the Jalesveva Jayamahe Monument, which is 30.6 meters tall and is located at the end of the pier facing towards the Island of Madura. Not only that, participants will also visit the Harmoni Keputih Park, which was once the site for Surabaya’s biggest landfills, and has now become one of the greenest and the most beautiful parks in Surabaya.

Participants will also be able to visit Koridor Co-Working Space which was created by the government of Surabaya as a part of their commitment to create conducive environment that allows creators, innovators, and local entrepreneurs to take part in the global market place. Afterwards, the participants will also have a sneak peek of the Command Center 112, which is a special emergency call center serving Surabaya citizens much like the 911 service in the United States. In the evening, the Mayor of Surabaya, Dr. (H.C) Ir. Tri Rismaharini, M.T., will host the guests in a welcome dinner sponsored by the Government of Surabaya.

While the rest of the participants are joining the city tour, members of the AUPF Standing Committee will meet in the Standing Committee Meeting. They will join the rest of the participants for the Welcome Dinner.

The 2018 AUPF Meeting will be held in two locations, namely Petra Christian University campus and Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers. The Opening Ceremony, Plenary Session, Talk Show, and the Parallel Sessions will take place at Petra Christian University campus. Afterwards, the Gala Dinner and Token Exchange, MoU Signing, and Closing & Hand-Over Ceremony will be at Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers.

During the session at Petra Christian University campus, participants will be able to get insights from five prominent speakers who will each address different aspects of the forum’s theme. The keynote speech will be delivered by Prof. Ainun Na’im, Ph.D., The Secretary General of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia.

Following the keynote session, four distinguished international speakers will present in the Talk Show session, namely Prof. Dr. Jekuk Chang, the President of Dongseo University, South Korea, Brig. Jen. Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin bin Hussin, the Board of Directors Chairman from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia, Prof. Dr. (H.C.). Ir. Rolly Intan, M.A.Sc., Dr. Eng., the Rector of Petra Christian University in 2009–2017, Indonesia, and Prof. Dr. hab. C. Eng. Janusz Szpytko – AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland.

Furthermore, during the parallel sessions, there will be three separate sessions featuring the accepted papers which will discuss each of the subthemes of the forum, namely “Navigating online courses at the age of disruptions,” “Disruptive innovations: Shifting the way of learning,” and “Disruption, globalization, and the changing context of education.”

After sharing thoughts and ideas during the day, participants are then invited to attend the Gala Dinner which will be held in Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers, which will be an excellent opportunity to network with other higher education institutions all over Asia. There will also be an opportunity to exchange tokens formally with partner universities. On the last day of the forum, participants will have an opportunity to formalize partnerships and cooperation with partner institutions during the MoU signing ceremony.

Finally, at the end of the whole event, Petra Christian University also offers an optional tour package for guests who are interested in exploring one of East Java’s most famous tourist destinations, Mount Bromo, which is scheduled on 8-9 November 2018. For more information, please visit our website,

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