The 2nd Asian Symposium on Culture, Policy and Education (SCOPE 2019) – Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, 2019 in Nagoya, Japan»

SCOPE 2019 Welcome

Welcome to the 2nd Asian Symposium on Culture, Policy and Education (SCOPE 2019) to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, 2019 at the Nagoya Sakae Tokyu REI Hotel in Nagoya, Japan.

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed symposium with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We will begin on Saturday, June 29th with opening remarks and a ticketed, optional welcome dinner. The main day of the symposium for presentations will be Sunday, June 30, 2019.

We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

About Nagoya City

Sightseeing tours

June is a perfect month for visiting Nagoya and it is home to one of Japan’s three most important Shinto shrines: Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮, Atsuta Jingū).It enshrines the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the sacred sword Kusanagi, which is one of the three imperial regalia. Atsuta Shrine stands in a pleasant, wooded park in southern Nagoya City. During the Meiji Period, the shrine was remodeled after the Ise Shrines in the purely Japanese Shinmei-zukuri architecture style. A pleasant activity to do after viewing the shrine buildings is to try Atsuta Shrine’s version of the kishimen noodles, one of Nagoya’s local specialties.  Basically, kishimen is similar to udon noodles, but kishimen is a flat noodle and it is eaten in a broth seasoned with tamari (a kind of soy sauce with a strong flavor and color). There is a kishimen noodle restaurant on the grounds of Atsuta Shrine.

About SCOPE 2019

The rapidly evolving and developing world has contributed to greater world prosperity and interdependence resulting in a global village of diverse social, political, economic, and cultural influences. As education and innovation propel development, quality education and learning play a crucial role in empowering learners, creating individual and national success, and bringing about social cohesion. By creating and implementing coherent policies that are holistic and humanistic in nature, societies can be more inclusive and better suited for today’s growing challenges.

In recent years, global cooperation and developments in information and communication technology among others have contributed to a greater educated world population improving the quality of life worldwide.  However, this progress often masks the widening gap in education quality, equity and outcomes between social classes within and between states, which contributes to the marginalization of peoples and fractured communities. As cross-border population flows increase and diverse cultures become more intertwined in our global village, it is necessary to understand and integrate the different behaviors, traditions and customs into contemporary education.

Culture, education and policy when properly aligned contribute to sustainable human, social and economic development and transform individuals as well as nations. With the theme At the Crossroads, this event will be a wonderful opportunity to explore current research, trends, and insights about this phenomenon while expanding your professional networks.

We welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, April 26, 2019. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

SCOPE 2019 Abstract Submission

Culture, Policy and Education Streams

  • Culture and Cultural Policy
  • Education and Education Policy
  • E-Learning and Technology
  • Human Rights Education
  • Language Learning and Culture
  • Literacy, Poverty and Social Equity
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Other Areas (Please Specify)


SCOPE 2019 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

SCOPE 2019 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, educators, policy makers, students and interested community members.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Takayuki Yamada
    INTESDA, Japan

    Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he has also served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid 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.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program Director, INTESDA,

    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 interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Smith
    Director, Great Lakes Lights Photography, USA
  • Gary Smith is an environmental and landscape photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. He is the director and chief contributor to Great Lakes Lights Photography with a particular focus on landscape photography projects both in the US and Japan. His work 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 air and water pollution around the Great Lakes and also within Japan. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. He previously worked for an ABC News affiliate and later for as a translator for the municipal government in Niigata, Japan. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography. Gary divides his time between his homes in Illinois, USA and Shizuoka, Japan.

    Review Committee

    NK RCReview Co-Chair
    Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D.,  Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

    Dr. Kaewpitoon is a leading researcher in the fight against Liver Fluke — a Neglected Tropical Disease, which kills more than 20,000 people each year in Thailand.  He is a faculty member in the Institute of Medicine at Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. His research interests include: Parasitology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Bioinformatics, Genetic, Gastroenterology.  He earned his PhD in Bio-Medical Science, his MSc in Medical Parasitology and BSc in Public Health all at Khon Kaen University in Thailand.

    Review Co-Chair
    Soraya Kaewpitoon Ph.D., FCFP, Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

    Dr. Soraya Kaewpitoon serves as an Associate Professor and is the Chair of the Department Research Unit in the Department of Family Medicine in the Institute of Medicine of Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. She earned her M.D. (General Practice) from the Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. In addition, she holds a Fellowship (FCFP) in Family Medicine from The Royal College of Family Physician of Thailand. Dr. Kaewpitoon has earned multiple certificates from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, including a Certificate in Applied Epidemiology from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; a Certificate in Global Health: A Biosocial Perspective from Harvard University, USA; and a Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

    Her research interests include, but are not limited to, Epidemiology and Public Health, Global Health, Behavioral Medicine, Epidemiology, Medical Education, Family Medicine, Opisthorchiasis, Preventive Medicine, Health Promotion, Gastroenterology, Cholangiocarcinoma, Health Services Research, Incidence, Public Health, Disease Control and E-Learning for Epidemiology & Statistics.


    • Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D., Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
      Soraya Kaewpitoon, Ph.D., Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
      Jun Norkaew, Ph.D.,  Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand
      Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Technology, School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
      Kanato Kashima, Ph.D., Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
      Zulfiya Imyarova, Ph.D., International Educational Program, Narxoz University, Kazakhstan
      Beverly A. Sarza, Ph.D., De La Salle University Manila, Manila, Philippines
      Jin Su Jeong, Ph.D., School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
      Thirayu Meererksom, M.B.A., Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
      Ana Salomé García Muñiz, Ph.D., Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain