AURS7 Overview


Join us Online for AURS7!

Tuesday, March 22 & Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | Tokyo, Japan and Online

The 7th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS7) will be held online from Tokyo, Japan. This two-day-long online event 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 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 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, Dr Joseph Haldane, Christian Alexander Klinke
Language Requirement: The symposium will be conducted in English.
Participants should have an Intermediate to Advanced EFL/ESL proficiency level.

– The AURS7 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
  • Symposium Dates: Tuesday, March 22 & Wednesday, March 23, 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 3, 2022Submit an Abstract
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2022

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Facilitators

  • Dr Grant Black
    Dr 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

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for developing the symposium programme, including special workshops; providing support for the poster presentations; providing feedback, event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; and oversee the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the symposium.

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

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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.

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

Biography

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

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.

Dr Yvonne Masters
Independent Researcher, Australia

Biography

Yvonne Masters is an independent researcher in Australia. She has been involved with IAFOR for several years as a member of The Asian Conference for Education Organising Committee, as co-facilitator of The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium, and as a member of the International Academic Advisory Board. Yvonne is the current Editor-in-Chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education, a Scopus indexed, open access journal on education.

Yvonne was a teacher and teacher educator for over 40 years and is still passionate about education. She was a senior lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education, University of New England (UNE), Australia, a position that she accepted after five years as Director of Professional Experience in the same school. Prior to taking up her position at UNE, she had 30 years’ experience in secondary schools including in the roles of Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her teaching experience spans three Australian states. Her research interests centre on undergraduate research, academic publication, teacher education and policy, professional experience, teacher identity, online learning and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD, focused on school principalship, from Deakin University.

Yvonne serves as a reviewer for several education journals and is a senior reviewer for IAFOR conferences. She presents on a variety of education topics including publishing as an academic, teacher education policy, undergraduate research, and online teaching at a range of conferences, both Australian and international.

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.

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

Biography

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.

Professor José McClanahan
Creighton University, United States

Biography

Joseph (José) McClanahan, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and an Associate Professor of Spanish at Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska. There, he teaches at all levels of the curriculum, including language, literature and culture. He has taught in Spain, Latin America and Japan. Recently, his research interests have focused on the area of teaching courses related to Languages for Special Purposes, in particular courses related to teaching Spanish to future healthcare professionals. He also has a strong interest in curricular development and design from a language perspective and also focuses on new students entering the university. He has had several summer research grants to work with undergraduate students who are doing research in the Humanities. He has also led student educational trips to every continent on the globe.

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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