Call for Papers for 2020 APQN Academic Conference (AAC)

The Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) 2020 APQN Academic Conference (AAC)

and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Quality Assurance for Higher Education 4.0 in the Asia-Pacific Region

April 16 – 19 (Thu. - Sun.), 2020, Singapore

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

&

Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore

Call for Papers for 2020 APQN Academic Conference (AAC)

I     Background

APQN Academic Conference (AAC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) are annual highlight events to discuss and advance quality assurance in higher education in Asia-Pacific. The Board of APQN is delighted to announce that the next AAC and AGM will be hosted by EDUVALUE, Singapore (hereinafter referred to as “EDUVALUE”) and held at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore on April 16 – 19 (Thu. - Sun.), 2020.

The target audience for the AAC and AGM are primarily those associated with quality assurance in the Asia-Pacific region. It includes APQN Members and Observers, the Board, the Committees and the various Project Groups. In addition, other higher education institutions (HEIs), quality assurance agencies (QAAs), and organizations working in the field of quality assurance in any part of the world are welcomed to attend AAC events which are only open to all registered delegates with the exception of the AGM which are only for APQN members only. For more information, please visit www.eduvalueglobal.com/apqn

II    Conference Themes

Main theme of 2020 AAC:

Quality Assurance for Higher Education 4.0 in the Asia-Pacific Region

Sub-themes:

  1. Digitalization of Quality Assurance
  2. Innovations in HE Accreditation in Era of Disruptive Technologies
  3. Internationalization of Quality Assurance
  4. Quality Assurance of Outcome-Based Teaching and Learning
  5. The Role of the Governments in Higher Education 4.0

You are invited to submit papers relating to topics from the list above, or one of your own choices. Please indicate the number or title of your selected topic.

III  Guidelines for paper submissions

Submissions should not exceed 3000 words (min. 2000 words) in length, including the appendices, tables, illustrations and photographs, and an abstract (up to 200 words) and a bio-sketch with a photo of the author (up to 100 words). The paper must be in English and submitted as a Microsoft Word Document. More details are can be found in “Guidelines for the Authors and a Format Model for the Papers” in the appendix.

A review of the submitted papers will be conducted by a review committee. The inclusion of any submission and inclusion of submissions into the program is at the prerogative of the review committee. No correspondence will be entertained. If your paper has been selected for presentation, the format will be as follows: 1) 15 minutes for presentation; 2) 10 minutes for questions/discussion.

Selected papers will be presented at the 2020 AAC and published in “Anthology of 2020 AAC” by APQN after the Conference. Publishing permission will be requested from the author.  Submissions (in Microsoft Word) will be received by the APQN Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and local organizer, EDUVALUE (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

You are expected to label your paper fie as “your name + your country + Sub-theme number). We are looking forward to receive your submissions by 30 December, 2019.

If your paper is accepted for presentation at the 2020 APQN Conference, the distribution of supplementary material to the audience will be at your own discretion and responsibility.

IV  Timeline - key dates and events

Time

Key Event

Before July 30, 2019

Call for Papers for 2020 APQN Academic Conference (AAC)

Before August 30, 2019

Online Registration is open

Before September 30, 2019

1. Call for the Host of the Applications for Hosting 2021 AAC and AGM

2. Call for Nominations for 2020 APQN Awards

Before December 30, 2019

1. Deadline for 2020 Call for 2020 APQN Academic Conference (AAC)

2. Deadline for Nominations for 2020 APQN Awards

3. Deadline for the Host of the Applications for Hosting 2021 AAC and AGM

Before January 30, 2020

Call for the 100-word bio-sketch with a photo of the attendees for “Participant Booklet”

Before March 30, 2020

Deadline for online registration and payment

April 16, 2020

1st Board Meeting and Opening of Registration

April 17-18, 2020

2020 APQN Academic Conference (AAC), APQN Quality Award Ceremony and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

April 19, 2020

Half-day city tour in the morning in Singapore (free of charge)

V   Tentative Program

Time

Agenda

Day 1 (April 16, Thursday, 2020)

13:00 -

Registration

16:00-19:30

1st Board Meeting, Finance Committee Meeting and APQR Council Meetings (Board Directors only)

Day 2 (April 17, Friday, 2020): Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Lee Foundation Theater

08:00-09:00

Registration

09:00-10:30

Opening Session

10:30-12:30

Keynote Speech – 1

Plenary Session – 1

13:30-18:00

Plenary Session – 2

Plenary Session – 3:

Plenary Session – 4: Workshop on Asia-Pacific Quality LabelAPQL

18:00-20:00

Welcome Dinner

APQN Quality Award Ceremony

Day 3 (April 18, Sat, 2020): Singapore Management University, Mochtar Riady Auditorium

8:30-11.35

Parallel Session 1: Workshop on Digital Certificate

Parallel Session 2:

Parallel Session 3:

Parallel Session 4:

Parallel Session 5:

Parallel Session 6:

11:40-12:40

Showcase presentations by education solutions providers, if any

13:30-15:30

Keynote Speech – 2

Plenary Session – 5

15:30-16:30

Closing Session including the Signing of Agreements and MoUs

16:30-17:00

Registration for AGM (APQN Members only)

17:00-18:00

Annual General Meeting (APQN Members only)

18:00-19:30

2nd Board Meeting (Board Directors only)

Day 4 (April 19, Sun, 2020)

08:30-13:00

City tour

VI     Registration Fee

Registration dates

APQN members

Non-APQN members

Early Bird: 31 Jan 2020

USD 270 (SGD 392)

USD 300 (SGD 435)

After 31 Jan 2020

USD 320 (SGD 464)

USD 350 (SGD 508)

Optional Tick ( ) hardcopies/printing needed, fees applicable (The event provides digital documents)

USD  30 (SGD 44)

USD  30 (SGD 44)

 

Please Register at: https://www.eduvalueglobal.com/apqn

Interested parties can register on the AAC 2020 website. Travel and Accommodation costs during the conference shall be borne by the participants themselves. Refreshments, lunches and gala dinner during the Conference will be provided by the organizer.

VII       Digital Certificates and Papers

In order to make the conference as aligned to the theme as possible, we will issue digital certificates to all delegates (instead of lanyards) for recognition of participants. Participants will need to show your digital certs (with a QR Code) for entry. You can also access the digital certificates as a memento (and this can be accessed anywhere you are perpetual).

All papers and PowerPoint presentations will also be via softcopies and made available on the APQN 2020 official website fully accessible via laptops and or mobile devices and tablets. These digital copies can then be sent and kept by participants on a perpetual basis.

Should any delegates need hardcopies, we could print it for them at a service fee of USD 30. This fee will be paid up front together with conference fees and cover all printing related to conference paper and proceedings. The fee is to encourage delegates to go digital.

We believe in a paperless system in all workflows, as it not only saves costs and resources, but most importantly it contributes as part of being a “green” organization to protect the global environment.

VIII      Copyright Clause

Contributors (including co-authors) submit their conference papers on the following copyright basis, if selected for inclusion in the 2020 AAC Program:

  • The contributor hereby grants the publisher (APQN) a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to print, publish, reproduce or distribute the work throughout the world by all means of expression, including electronic format, for the purposes of 2020 AAC and AGM. The author further grants the publisher the right to use the author's name in association with the work in published form and in promotional materials. Copyright of the work remains in the author's name and the author reserves all other rights.
  • The author agrees not to use the work in any way that implies that the publisher endorses any practice or procedure described in the work.
  • The author represents and warrants that the work:
  • does not violate any copyright or intellectual property right of any person or entity;
  • contains no material that is libelous, defamatory or otherwise unlawful; and
  • meets ethical standards applicable to the research discipline.

4) The author shall indemnify and hold the publisher harmless against loss or expenses arising from breach of any such warranties.

By submitting a paper for delivery in the APQN Conference and AGM, the author agrees to the terms and conditions within this document.
IX  Further Information

Registration start date: You can register for this event through the website: https://www.eduvalueglobal.com/apqn

Online registration is open and will close on the last day of 31st March, 2020.

APQN-EDUVALUE Event Delegate Sponsorships are available:

Applications can submit the form to Alan Go (Team lead of Growth Division of EduValue) by December 30, 2019 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The application result will be announced separately before the end of January, 2020.

X   Contact Details

Mr. Aw Yong Jun Barry

(Chair of the Local organizing Committee, Chief Executive of EDUVALUE, Singapore)

Tel:

+65 90016733  

Email:

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Address:

175A Bencoolen street #08-02 Singapore 189650

Website:

www.eduvalueglobal.com ; www.eduvalue.com.sg

Ms. Nurul Aisyah Binti Samsudin

(Secretary of the Local Organizing Committee, Planning & Monitoring Office, EDUVALUE, Malaysia)

Tel:

+60 137463707

Email:

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Address:

Eduvalue Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), 3730, Persiaran Apec, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Website:

www.eduvalueglobal.com

Mr. Le Fang

(APQN Administrator) 

Tel / Fax:

+86--21-5404 1620; Fax: +86-21-5467

Email:

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Address:

No. 202, South Shaanxi Road, Shanghai, 200031, CHINA

Website:

www.apqn.org

Prof/Dr. Jianxin Zhang

(APQN President, Chair of the Programme Committee)

Tel:

+86 871 68326631

Email:

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Address:

No. 2, CuiHu BeiLu, Yunnan Higher Education Evaluation Center (YHEEC), Kunming, China

Website:

www.apqn.org

Appendix: Guidelines for the Authors and a Format Model for the Papers

The Title of the Paper must be Centered, and the Font must be Times New Roman, Size 12, in Bold

For the writers’ personal information use the Times New Roman font, size 10, in bold, italics and centered. Use lowercase for the first and the last names. The line below the name includes the professional title and workplace; use the Times New Roman font, size 10, italics and centered. In the third line write only the contact e-mail address in Times New Roman 10, italics and centered.

Name Last Name

Professional Title, Workplace

E-mail: Address

Name Last Name

Professional Title, Workplace

E-mail: Address

Important:  A bio-sketch of 100 words with one photo of the author

Abstract

The abstract consists of a single paragraph, no longer than 250 words. The font must be Times New Roman, size 10. The text must be justified in italics. The title “Abstract” must be aligned left, in Times New Roman, size 10, in bold. A space of one line must be left between the title and the text of the abstract.


Keywords:
Use 3 to 15 keywords, separated by commas

 

Introduction

All articles must begin with an introduction, a section which demarcates the theoretical background and the goals of the paper. The main text must be written in regular Times New Roman font, size 10, justified, with a 1.0 cm indent for the first line of each paragraph. Save your file in MS Word 2003.

 

General Guidelines on Paper Formatting

Body

The body of the text consists of different sections which describe the content of the article (for example: Method, Findings, Analysis, Discussion, etc.). For the Body of the text, use the default format style in Word, selecting the Times New Roman font, size 10, justified, with a 1.0 cm indent for the first line of each paragraph.

 

 

 

Page formatting

  • Page size

The page size must be A4 (21 x 29,7 cm), and its orientation must be “portrait”. This stands for all the pages of the paper. “Landscape” orientation is inadmissible.

  • Margins

Top, bottom, left, right margins: 2,0cm

  • Footnotes

The use of footnotes or endnotes is expressly prohibited. In case further explanation is deemed necessary, you must integrate it in the body of the paper.

  • Abbreviations and Acronyms

Abbreviations and acronyms must be defined in the abstract, as well as the first time each one is used in the body of the text.

  • First level header format

For the headers of the main sections use the Times New Roman font, size 10, in bold, single spacing before and after the paragraph. The header must be aligned left. Use a capital letter only for the first letter of the header.

  • Paragraphs

In every paragraph, use the Times New Roman font, size 10, with single line spacing. We recommend you modify the default (normal) format style in Word and use that in your text.

For all paragraphs, the spacings before and after the paragraph must be size 0, and the line spacing single. Use a 1.0 cm indent only for the first line of each paragraph. Leave no spacing nor lines between paragraphs.

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