The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS)

Join us in Hawaii, Singapore, and Tokyo (and Online) for AURS!


About AURS

Overview
The two-day-long Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS) gives participants the opportunity to join other engaged undergraduate students from across the globe in an international and interdisciplinary course that aims to enhance their oral communication skills through a series of challenging and exciting online seminars and activities.
Present your research project to a group of keen and like-minded peers, academics, and professionals. Learn from their feedback and advice and in turn, develop your presentation skills, broaden your professional network, and forge new friendships.

Day 1: is held online and focuses on shaping and presenting ideas – how to formulate your thoughts and structure your presentations in ways that are engaging and easy to understand, and communicate your intentions with maximum clarity and impact.

Day 2 is held during an IAFOR Conference and focuses on the hard skills that allow you to operate as an effective communicator during presentations. These techniques are invaluable in academic, business and everyday contexts, and will allow you to convey your ideas in ways that will leave strong impressions on your audience.
Participants will receive an Oral Communication Diploma from the IAFOR Academy at the end of the Symposium.
Facilitators: Dr Grant Black and Dr Joseph Haldane
Language Requirement: The symposium will be conducted in English.
Participants should have an Intermediate to Advanced EFL/ESL proficiency level.

– The AURS 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

Upcoming Symposiums

The 8th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS8) in Hawaii

  • Connected Conference: The 8th IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE2023)
  • Symposium Dates:
    Day 1 (Online): Friday, December 16, 2022 (15:00 HST | UTC -10)
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    Day 2: Saturday, January 7, 2023 (Onsite in Hawaii) or Sunday, January 8, 2023 (Online)

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: November 10, 2022Submit an Abstract
  • Registration Deadline: December 2, 2022

The 9th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS9) in Singapore

  • Connected Conference: The 3rd Southeast Asian Conference on Education (SEACE2023)
  • Symposium Dates:
    Day 1 (Online): Saturday, February 4, 2023 (10:00 SGT | UTC +8)
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    Day 2: Sunday, February 12, 2023 (Onsite in Singapore) or Monday, February 13, 2023 (Online)

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: December 15, 2022Submit an Abstract
  • Registration Deadline: January 10, 2023

The 10th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS10) in Tokyo

  • Connected Conference: The 9th Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2023)
  • Symposium Dates:
    Day 1 (Online): Saturday, March 18, 2023 (10:00 JST | UTC +9)
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    Day 2: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 (Onsite in Tokyo) or Thursday, March 30, 2023 (Online)

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2023Submit an Abstract
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2023

Facilitators

  • Dr Grant Black
    Dr Grant Black
    Chuo 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.

Dr Grant Black
Chuo University, Japan

Biography

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.

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

Biography

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.

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