Early Success Leads to Expansion

Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences

Following the success of The Asian Conference on Education (ACE) in 2009, IAFOR decides to launch more events in Japan, and announces two new conferences: The Asian Conference on the Arts & Humanities (ACAH), and The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS), which would be held concurrently in June 2010, attracting over 400 delegates.

At this interdisciplinary conference event, themed “East Meets West”, IAFOR invited the collaboration of the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), Universities Fighting World Hunger to raise issues around poverty and sustainability, and Mohammed Salaheen, Japan and Korea Director of the UNWFP gave a Keynote Presentation. A fundraising gala was organised in Osaka with the HOPE International Development Agency Japan, with monies raised being split between this charity and the UNWFP. The conference and gala exemplify the way that IAFOR will seek to use the academic platform to engage with those working in the business, policy and non-profit sectors.

Business and Media

Business and Media Conferences are added to the fall calendar organised in Osaka, Japan.

The Asian Business & Management Conference (ABMC) is held in affiliation with the LaTrobe University School of Business (Australia), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School (Hong Kong SAR), The Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), The University of Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business (Croatia), and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Under the chairmanship of Dr David Wilkinson, the Keynote Speaker was Don Brash, former leader of the New Zealand Federal Reserve, and NZ National Party. The conference concentrated on the respective challenges faced by businesses and governments in China, Japan and India.

Professor Gary Swanson served as Conference Chair and Keynote Speaker for The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication (MediAsia2010). Under the theme of “Brave New World”. Among other subjects, the conference looked at rapidly developing technologies and opportunities offered and driven by big data, indeed the very same innovations that allowed IAFOR to exist.

ACE Grows from Strength to Strength

The second ACE conference held in December 2010, with Professor Sue Jackson of Birkbeck, University of London, serving as Conference Chair, under the theme “Internationalisation or Globalisation?”, which looked at how education systems across the world were becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalisation and in response to internationalisation, and looked at the resultant opportunities as well as difficulties experienced and projected. Keynote Speakers included Dr Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor (President) of Lincoln University in the UK.

IAFOR Launches Global Partnership Programme

The year ends on a positive note, with some of the world’s most prominent academics and universities supporting IAFOR in its mission, and The IAFOR Global Partnership Programme was launched as a group of affiliates and partners who will agree to support the organisation’s goals, allowing for cross promotion, and also the scope to develop future events. These academic partnerships support and nurture IAFOR’s goals of educational cooperation without borders, connecting the organisation with institutions that have an international and internationalising profile, and a commitment to interdisciplinary research.

The IAFOR Global Partnership Programme provides mutual recognition and scope for Global Partner institutions and organisations to showcase their research strengths, as well as engage in the development of projects and programmes with IAFOR. Each of IAFOR’s institutional partners provides a nominee to the International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB).

The Vladimir Devide Haiku Award

IAFOR was becoming a powerful platform, but it also wanted to explore the promotion of excellence in the arts. In keeping with its interdisciplinary mission, a haiku award is founded by prominent haiku poet, Dr Drago Stambuk, and named the Vladimir Devide Haiku Award, an open event for English language haiku to promote and encourage friendship through the arts. This open competition for previously unpublished haiku written in the English language would run annually from 2011- 2018, when a hiatus was announced.

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