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The Association of the Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) was established on July 28,1995, by Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), the first autonomous university of Thailand based on the initiation and inspiration of UNESCO. Thus, as a non- government organization, AUAP holds the highest consultative status with UNESCO. Fifty-one (51) higher education institutions assembled in Nakhon Ratchsima, Thailand and signed the Founding Charter of AUAP. Its primary purpose is to be the main platform for interaction and collaboration between members, and to be an effective voice of universities in Asia and the Pacific region

1. About Us

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 institutions’ interest and concerns.

2. Preamble

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

Recognizing the need to relate education to the life and aspirations of the people, and to preserve and enhance the cultural, social and economic development of society for the people, and

Believing 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 which can be drawn upon to the advantage of all concerned, and

Believing that an association of the universities of the region can enhance mutual co-operation 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.

3. Objective

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:

A. To promote a culture of quality and innovation in higher education, research and services to the community;
B. 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;
C. To engage with stakeholders of the higher education and other organizations to further the objectives of AUAP;
D. To cooperate, where appropriate, with other organizations whose objectives are similar to those of AUAP.
E. To promote universal peace and international understanding through education

4. Identity


The shape of the new AUAP LOGO symbolizes the Lotus flower which is popular to almost all countries in Asia and the Pacific region. The shape also signifies two hands of a person opening up trying to catch something…in this case knowledge for progress.


The Red color stands for strong leadership of the AUAP in attaining unity for progress of all the members.


The Green color stands for purity of intention of all AUAP members to be united for attaining progress.


The Yellow color signifies service to the community that AUAP serves.


The background colors Blue and Black stands for boldness of purpose of AUAP in attaining its dreams for all its members. In 2020, AUAP celebrates its 25th year.