The Asian Conference on Education Reform

October 1-3, 2016
Hiroshima, Japan

The Asian Conference on Education Reform 
October 1-3, 2016 at the New Hiroden Hotel
Submissions Deadline: Friday, August 12, 2016
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The 2016 The Asian Conference on Education Reform »

We are delighted to welcome you to the Asian Conference on Education Reform 2016, which will be held at the lovely New Hiroden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. The New Hiroden is only a short walk from Hiroshima Station.

The main session days will be on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 with closing sessions and remarks on Monday, October 3 followed by an optional tour to Hiroshima’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and the floating shrine of Miyajima at Itsukushima.

Across Asia, there has been a widespread call for reform of education standards, practices and policy that reflect not only the need to meet the challenges of globalization, but also to educate the next generation of leaders. Apart from reform, what are the constants that are still resistant to reform? In addition, what are the factors that have contributed to such ongoing resilience?

With the theme Impact and Progress, ACER 2016 is an international, peer-reviewed engagement for educators, academics, researchers, students and others who desire to improve teaching quality, student engagement and access to education. Participants will have an opportunity to showcase research, connect with other educators, learn about key issues and explore the culture and history of Hiroshima!

Please note that applicants must provide their university registered E-mail address to submit a proposal. Also note that ACER 2016 has a limited number of presentation slots. Submission and registration applications are based on availability and may close prior to the cut off date.

We welcome submissions of 250 words in English on these areas:


Program Moderator

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan

Mr. Yamada also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chair and Program Director

Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
Program Director


Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interests include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Co-Chair and Media Director

5-Gary Gary Smith
Media and Technology Director, INTESDA,


Gary Smith is an environmental and wildlife photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the Seven Summits. The filming has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Gary holds advanced degrees in physics, engineering and Japanese from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Review Committee

3-Susan Susan Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Foreign Languages,
Nippon Sport Science University, Japan




Susan was born in Redding, California, and also lived in Hawaii and Australia as a child. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors and high general scholarship, a master’s degree in English focusing on Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a professor of English at Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo where she teaches a variety of courses relating to English and communication. Her research interests include Percy Bysshe Shelley, medieval English mystery plays, and the intersection between spirituality, literature and the arts. She particularly supports associations concerned with the Romantic poets, such as Keats, Shelley and Lord Byron. She won the Keats-Shelley Prize in 2008.

Review Committee

Suman Chakrabarty Suman Chakrabarty, M.Sc.; Ph.D. (Calcutta University)
Assistant Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology
Mrinalini Datta Mahavidyapith ( West Bengal State University), West Bengal, India

Dr. Suman Chakrabarty  is a bio-cultural Anthropologist working in the Central and Eastern Parts of India. His research generally explores the bio-social & bio-cultural aspect of health and nutritional status among the scheduled tribes in India.

His specific research interest investigates the inter-relationship between forest conservation, rehabilitation/displacement issues and its impact on food security among the Indian tribes living in different protected areas in India. Currently, his research projects include household food security and nutritional status among the Rabha Tribe living in Northern Part (Jaldapara and Buxa Wildlife Sanctuary in Dooars) of West Bengal, India.

He has published several articles on the themes of chronic energy deficiency and its correlates among the scheduled tribes in Central and Eastern India. Specifically, he has published few articles on the current livelihood condition (Socio-economic aspect of health and nutritional status) of Indian tribes living inside protected areas and their rehabilitated counterparts. 

Review and Editorial Committees

This is an international, peer-reviewed symposium. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the symposium.

Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the Proceedings. Full papers are welcome, but not required for presentation in this symposium.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

Review Committee Leadership

Alan Brady, Ph.D. Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Suman Chakrabarty, Ph.D.     Head, Dept. of Anthropology, West Bengal State University, India
William P. Kittredge, Ph.D. Professor, Bellevue University, USA
Susan Miller, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan



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