The attached statement, “The Knowledge Zone of Ideas, Progress and Free People,” is a foundational statement of APLU, an organization of leading public research universities and university systems in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. A draft document was widely circulated to membership leaders and discussed at the APLU annual meeting and in other forums. After important feedback and refinement, I send to you the final statement.
This document provides the overarching and driving purposes for public universities in North America to work together for the region, their countries, and their students and faculty. APLU looks forward to working together to expand and enrich research in energy, food, water, environment, health, economic development, and much more. We will work together on problems that cut across the three countries, including research and student and faculty exchange.
I look forward to working with you and, of course, would appreciate your continued thoughts and ideas.