The QS-APPLE 2019 conference and exhibition under the theme of Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Ageing Societies: The Changing Roles of Universities in the Asia-Pacific took place over a three-day period from 26 to 28 November 2019 in Fukuoka, Japan.

The annual higher education conference officially kicked-off on Tuesday 26 November 2019 with the opening plenary and welcome dinner consisting a series of awe-inspiring opening performances. The ceremony also included opening remarks and an introduction by Mr Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, & Managing Director, QS Intelligence Unit, United Kingdom and Professor Aratono Makoto, Executive Vice President of Kyushu University, Japan.

This year’s conference gathered a total of 669 academics from 247 institutions in 38 countries. Participants gained valuable insights and shared their knowledge through the innovative and engaging conference program. They also expanded their professional network through various meaningful interactions at this annual event. In addition, a total of 79 papers were presented during the plenary and parallel sessions and 70 exhibitors had the opportunity to showcase their universities’ offerings to participants at the QS Hub – Exhibition.

Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Ageing Societies:

The Changing Roles of Universities in the Asia-Pacific

26-28 November 2019 | Fukuoka, Japan

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  • Presidents/vice presidents, Chancellors/vice chancellors and university policymakers
  • Senior administrators and academics involved in faculty and student exchanges
  • International directors and office staff
  • Government officials

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You can register for the conference via our QS-APPLE 2019 website.

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* Please note that the following cancellation charges apply:

Period before conference within which written notification of cancellation is receivedCancellation Charges
31-60 days0-30 days
50% of registration feeNo refund

Our conference program can be found via our QS-APPLE 2019 website.

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There are 68 countries whose citizens can enter visa-free for tourism or business. Other nationalities are required to visit a Japanese embassy or consulate to apply for a visa. Click here for more information.

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Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata and Hotel New Otani Hakata are our official hotels for QS-APPLE 2019.

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