The 6th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS2021)

Special Announcement: AURS2021 will be held Online

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, IAFOR has made the decision to hold AURS2021 entirely online via Zoom.

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Join us Online for AURS2021!

Saturday, November 27, 2021 | Tokyo, Japan and Online

About AURS2021

Career Making, Capacity Building, Network Enhancing, Professionally Developing, Personally Growing... and Fun!
Present in a supportive environment. Hear the latest research. Network and create new relationships. Join a global academic community. Does this sound appealing?
Are you in the process of completing or have you just completed an undergraduate research project? Join students from across the globe online at an international and interdisciplinary undergraduate symposium.
You can present your research and develop your presentation skills, as well as make new contacts and network with students and professors.

Through AURS you will learn and hone how to:
- present yourself, your ideas and your research in different academic environments and structures, including in formal poster sessions and more informal networking sessions
- interact across national and cultural borders - the last AURS was attended by students from more than 25 countries
- communicate with peers and professors from different universities and countries in an international environment

While this symposium is taking place in an academic context, many of the communicative skills, notably discussion, networking, and presentation are transferable skills that can be used effectively in different business situations as well.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you online in November!

The AURS2021 Organising Committee

Dr Yvonne Masters, University of New England, Australia
Professor Joseph (José) C. McClanahan, Creighton University, United States
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Dr Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan
Christian Alexander Klinke, UCL Institute of Education, UK & The OSIPP IAFOR Research Centre, Osaka University, Japan

Key Information


  • Grant Black
    Grant Black
    Chuo University, Japan
  • Christian Alexander Klinke
    Christian Alexander Klinke
    UCL Institute of Education, UK & The OSIPP IAFOR Research Centre, Osaka University, Japan
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

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), Barcelona University (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.

Grant Black
Chuo University, Japan


Dr Grant Black is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, where he has taught Global Skills and Global Issues since 2013. Grant is engaged in diverse roles as a global manager, systems builder, executive leader and university professor. His research and teaching areas include global management skills, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and organisational management. He also has taught Japanese Management Theory at J. F. Oberlin University (Japan), and a continuing education course in the Foundations of Japanese Zen Buddhism at Temple University Japan. Previously, he was Chair of the English Section at the Center for Education of Global Communication at the University of Tsukuba where he served in a six-year post in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a BA Honors in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Japanese Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci) from the Department of Management in the School of Business at the University of Leicester. Dr Black is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession in the UK. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Grant is President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan), a business & university global strategic management firm based in Tokyo which helps individuals and organisations achieve their global targets. He is the director of the newly formed Nippon Academic Management Institute (NAMI) and the author of the forthcoming “Education Reform Policy at a Japanese Super Global University: Policy Translation, Migration and Mutation” (Routledge, 2022). He serves as a Vice-President for The International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

Dr Grant Black is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR. He is a member of the Business & Economics section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Christian Alexander Klinke
UCL Institute of Education, UK & The OSIPP IAFOR Research Centre, Osaka University, Japan


Christian earned a Masters’ in history, politics, and philosophy at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and an MBA degree in education and knowledge management, specialising in organisational development in higher education from Carl-von-Ossietzky-University of Oldenburg, Germany.

In the past, Christian worked in different branches in the private industry f.ex. as a project manager for the ministry of education of his state and ran his own start-up company in the education sector.

Dr Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan


Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

A message from the IAFOR Board of Directors on the impact of COVID-19 on our activities.