The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2018

The Asian Conference on Education (ACE), one of the largest international interdisciplinary academic conferences in Asia, includes The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS). AURS provides undergraduates with an exciting opportunity to present and learn from researchers and professionals from around the globe. Following the first three AURS events in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the AURS organisers are again reaching out to undergraduate scholars from across all fields and disciplines to participate in the 2018 symposium. Here, students will share their academic research experiences and the knowledge they have acquired as an undergraduate working with professors or academic mentors.

AURS2018, which takes place in a supportive and collegial environment in Tokyo, provides you with a motivating and thought-provoking opportunity to present your research, network with other undergraduates and academics from around the world, and find out how your participation in the symposium can aid you in your future directions. All student presenters will also have the chance to attend other academic sessions at ACE as an observer.

We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in October!

The AURS2018 Organising Committee

Dr Yvonne Masters, University of New England, Australia
Professor José McClanahan, Creighton University, USA
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dates: Saturday, October 13, 2018 ​to Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: August 31, 2018


  • Dr Zachary Walker
    Dr Zachary Walker
    National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore
  • Distinguished Professor Tien-Hui Chiang
    Distinguished Professor Tien-Hui Chiang
    Zhengzhou University, China

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

Additional speakers will be announced here shortly.

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 Zachary Walker
National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore


Dr Zachary Walker is an academic, author and speaker, and is a faculty member at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore, where he currently serves as a leader in Pedagogical Development and Innovation and on the 21st Century Teaching and Learning Framework taskforce.

He was named a Think College Emerging Scholar (2012), as well as a Millennium Milestone Maker by the World Academy for the Future of Women (2015). He was awarded the John Cheung Social Media Award for Innovation in Teaching and Pedagogy (2015), and was nominated for the Wharton School Reimagine Education Awards (2016).

Dr Walker’s current work focuses on the culture of teaching, the intersection of neuroscience and pedagogy, and how to best use technology in the classroom. He has delivered talks to education leaders and higher education faculty in North America, Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | The Things that Do Not Change
Distinguished Professor Tien-Hui Chiang
Zhengzhou University, China


Distinguished Professor Tien-Hui Chiang, teaching at Zhengzhou University, is a member of the WCCES Constitutional Standing Committee, UNESCO. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, visiting at UW-Madison, Wisconsin, USA, the guest professor of Beijing Normal University and the Ex-President of the Taiwan Association for Sociology of Education. His specialty covers sociology of education, globalisation and education policy, sociology of curriculum, teaching profession and comparative education. He has produced over 100 essays. He was the co-editor of `Crisis in Education’ and `Interculturalism’. He was also the contributor of `Elite, Privileges and Excellence’ edited by Professor S. Ball. The outstanding achievements have crowned Professor Chiang many glorious prizes, such as the Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan and International Distinguished Professor of University of Crete, Greece. He is the editor of International Journal of Educational Research and the section editor of Encyclopedia: Educational Philosophy and Theories.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added shortly