The 5th Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2019)

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Independence & Interdependence

The 2019 conference theme for The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID) is "Independence & Interdependence", and invites reflections on the desirability, extent and limits on independence and autonomy for ourselves, our students, and the institutions and structures within which we work, teach and learn. We do not educate, nor are we educated, in vacuums, but in such contexts and constraints as families, groups, and societies; of nations and cultures; of identities and religions; and of political and financial realities.

The technological and logistical advances of globalisation have enabled us to become independent and empowered as never before, but have also made us more dependent on the very things allowing autonomy. While technologies allow us to communicate with those on the other side of the world, they can also separate us from those nearby, and contribute to alienation, or loneliness. And yet this increased interconnectedness offers great opportunities to work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, and reminds us of our responsibilities towards each other. Our independence is contextualised in the relations we enjoy with others; in our families and communities, shared institutions, in our wider societies, geographical and political entities, and finally, as a part of the one world we all share.

How do we help students and teachers alike navigate and curate the vast information available? How do we encourage individual growth while also underlining the importance of belonging and of the reciprocal responsibilities and privileges of education? How do we help students build the skills and attitudes necessary for positive engagement in distributed, globalised communities that so often lead to polarisation and alienation instead? How do we educate with independence and interdependence in mind? How do we engage meaningfully in “international development” through education? What are the successes and failures of the international system in addressing some of the most pressing concerns of our time?

These and many other questions will be addressed at the conference, and we look forward to coming together to exchange ideas and explore new research paths together. We encourage scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of education and international development to explore and submit under the following conference themes:

  • Diversity in Global Contexts
  • Education
 & Socio-Economic Development
  • Education & Development: Local & Global/Domestic & International
  • Education: Public & Private Partnerships

  • Economics & Management of Education

  • Literacy: Poverty & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Value

This conference is organised by IAFOR in association with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in Osaka University, Japan.

The ACEID2019 Organising Committee

Steve Cornwell, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Ted O’Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan
Justin Sanders, Osaka University, Japan
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dates: Monday, March 25, 2019 ​to Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Conference Theme: “Independence & Interdependence”
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: November 09, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: January 10, 2019
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: February 12, 2019

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.


Conference Programme

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The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule. All registered delegates who attend conference receive a printed copy of the Conference Programme at the Registration Desk on arrival. Only one copy of the Conference Programme is available per delegate, so please take good care of your copy.

For an overview of the conference schedule, please see the Conference Outline page. For full details of Keynote and Featured Presentations, please visit the Programme page.


Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Yozo Yokota
    Yozo Yokota
    Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan

Featured Speakers

  • Suvendrini Kakuchi
    Suvendrini Kakuchi
    University World News (Tokyo), Japan
  • Chie Kato
    Chie Kato
    Temple University, Japan
  • Justin Sanders
    Justin Sanders
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Naoki Umemiya
    Naoki Umemiya
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan
  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams
    International Christian University (ICU), Japan

IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) – “Innovation and Value Initiative”

The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is housed within Osaka University’s School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), and in June 2018 the IRC began an ambitious new “Innovation and Value Initiative”. Officially launched at the United Nations in a special UN-IAFOR Collaborative Session, the initiative seeks to bring together the best in interdisciplinary research around the concept of value, on how value can be recognised, and measured, and how this can help us address issues and solve problems, from the local to the global.


Visit Japan

As the world’s largest continent continues to develop, so do its educational and academic needs, and as the global economy recentres towards the Asia-Pacific region, the relevance and significance of IAFOR as an interdisciplinary think tank for both Asia and the West grows. With international events held in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan, IAFOR's Asian Conference Series is the ideal forum in which to discuss emerging regional and global issues, and to keep up to date with the latest interdisciplinary research across a range of academic fields.


Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), University of Barcelona (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science in charge of CAREN (Osaka University Centre for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange Networks in Asia) and also lecturer at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she ran the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities. She is also the President of the The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA).

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 181–198 (July 2012); “Post-3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (Eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Haruko Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Between Aspiration and Reality: Cultural Conflict in a University Classroom
Keynote Panel Presentation (2019) | Education and Displaced People

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Yozo Yokota
Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan

Biography

Professor Yozo Yokota is an internationally renowned jurist and teacher of international law, international economic law and international human rights law. He is currently President of the Japanese Center for Human Rights Education and Training, Special Advisor of the Japanese Ministry of Justice, and a Member of the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization, and Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists. Professor Yokota started his career as Legal Counsel to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., before holding professorships in international law at International Christian University (Tokyo), the University of Tokyo, and Chuo Law School. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Adelaide (Australia), and the law schools of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. As an internationally respected proponent of human rights, he has extensively advised the United Nations, serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar between 1992 and 96 and a Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights between 2000 and 2007.

Keynote Panel Presentation (2019) | Education and Displaced People
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Suvendrini Kakuchi
University World News (Tokyo), Japan

Biography

Suvendrini Kakuchi, Tokyo Correspondent for University World News, is a Sri Lankan journalist based in Japan and covering Japan-Asia relations for more than two decades. She focuses on building understanding and respect between diverse populations in Asia based on equality and collaboration. She is also a regular commentator on Asian issues for Japanese publications and television. Ms Kakuchi is a Nieman Fellow and the recipient of a fellowship for South Asian reporters from the Foreign Press Center Foundation, Japan.

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders
Chie Kato
Temple University, Japan

Biography

Chie Kato is Senior Associate Dean at TUJ overseeing the offices of admissions, communications, career development, student services and non-degree programs. She also serves in a dual capacity as Associate Dean for Enrollment Management. Under her leadership, TUJ's undergraduate enrollment has grown from 500 to 1200. She joined TUJ in 1997, successfully leading the effort to end the discriminatory treatment of foreign university branch campuses by the Japanese Government in 2005, when TUJ was formally recognized by MEXT in a landmark decision.

Prior to 1997, Kato worked at Eiken Foundation where she developed the junior English proficiency test. She holds an MA in TESL from the U.S. and serves as Councilor (Hyogiin) for Kanagawa Sohgoh High School, and Roppongi Junior High School.

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders
Justin Sanders
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Justin Sanders has over 14 years of experience in the international and higher education sectors. Most recently he served as a Global Recognition Manager for the International Baccalaureate (IB), working with universities and higher education systems around the world to develop their admissions policies. Prior, he served as Research Specialist for the IB, overseeing a wide variety of educational research projects in diverse national settings. Before joining the IB he spent several years supporting good governance in community colleges around the United States with the Association of Community College Trustees, as well as two years as an education volunteer in Azerbaijan with the US Peace Corps. He received an MA in International Education from the George Washington University, and is in his final year of a PhD at Osaka University, Japan, examining the internationalisation of national universities in East Asia.

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders
Naoki Umemiya
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan

Biography

Dr Naoki Umemiya is Director, Technical and Higher Education Team, Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He leads the team in charge of JICA’s cooperation projects in the technical and higher education sector in different regions of the world. He also works on a research project of JICA Research Institute as a researcher. Before taking the position in 2016, he worked for Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a JICA expert and Associate Professor between 2013 and 2016. From 2005 to 2009, he was stationed in Bangkok, Thailand, and served for the ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asian Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) as a JICA expert. He holds an MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He specialises in comparative and international education, especially quality assurance, internationalisation of higher education, inter-university exchanges and cooperation.

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders
Mark Williams
International Christian University (ICU), Japan

Biography

Mark Williams is Vice President for International Academic Exchange at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Until 2017, he was Professor of Japanese Studies and Head of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. He took his BA in Japanese studies at the University of Oxford and a PhD in Japanese literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Chair of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Leeds between 2006 and 2011 and President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, from 2007 to 2011. Between 2011 and 2014, he was seconded to Akita International University, Japan, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. His published works include Endō Shūsaku: A Literature of Reconciliation; Christianity and Japan: Impacts and Responses (co-edited with John Breen); Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature: A Critical Approach (co-edited with Rachael Hutchinson); and Imag(in)ing the War in Japan: Representing and Responding to Trauma in Post-war Japanese Literature and Film (co-edited with David Stahl).

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders