IAFOR began its 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi with a joint plenary session of the IAFOR International Conferences on Education (IICEHawaii) and Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (IICSEEHawaii), with Dr Christina M. Kishimoto (above left), Superintendent of the Hawaiʻi State Board of Education, Dr David Lassner (above center), President of the University of Hawaiʻi, and Dr Richard R. Vuylsteke (above right), CEO of the East-West Center. The panel was chaired by Dr Joseph Haldane, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR and entitled “Education and Sustainability: Local Lessons from Hawaiʻi”, and three of the State’s leaders joined to give their reflections on leadership and positive change around the conference theme of “Independence & Interdependence”.
Above: Professor Nathan Murata (top left), Dean of the College of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), welcomes delegates to the conference, following the traditional Hawaiian Oli ceremony, opening and blessing of the conference by Aunty Kehaulani Lum and Uncle Bruce Yoshio Keaulani (top right). Dr Amanda Müller of Flinders University (bottom left) conducts an interactive workshop discussing the opportunities gained through conducting interdisciplinary research and the benefits of team-based research projects. Volunteer graduate students from the College of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (bottom right) relax during a lighter moment in the conference.
Dr Deane Neubauer (above left), Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), moderates a wide-ranging plenary panel on “Independence and Interdependence”, looking at the challenges faced by teachers and policymakers as they prepare students for the unknown in a rapidly changing world. Held in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), which conducts a wide range of policy-focused research with a special focus on higher education, this panel included presentations by Professor Joshua Mok Ka-ho (above center), Vice-President and concurrently Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University, and Dr Sela V. Panapasa of the University of Michigan (above right). Dr Panapasa looked at questions of demography, race and ethnicity, measuring health and education disparities.
Professor David P. Ericson (top left), Professor of Philosophy of Education and Educational Policy Studies in the Department of Educational Foundations, at UHM gives a historical overview of formal education and systems, in order to then offer possible projections of where we might be heading in a thoughtful address as part of the “Independence and Interdependence” plenary panel. Dr Keiichi Ogawa (top right), a Professor/Department Chair in the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University in Japan, delivers a Keynote Address on “SDGs and Education: Sustainable Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia”. Bottom: Delegates join for a group photo on the steps of the Hawaiʻi International Convention center. Over 300 people from 45 different countries attended the 2019 IAFOR conference.
The 2020 IAFOR Hawaii Conference Series will be held on January 4-6, 2020, at The Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.