Programme

Speakers at The Southeast Asian Conference on Education (SEACE) will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Conference Outline

Friday, February 07, 2020Saturday, February 08, 2020Sunday, February 09, 2020

Location: Max Atria, Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Drive

09:15-10:15 Conference Registration | Peridot Pre Function Area

10:15-10:20 Announcements | Peridot (Level 2)
Brian Aycock, IAFOR, Japan

10:20-10:30 Welcome Address & Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners | Peridot
(Level 2)
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University & Joseph Haldane, IAFOR

10:30-11:10 Special Address | Peridot (Level 2)
The Impact of AI on the Future of Work: Implications for University Education in ASEAN
Steven Miller, Singapore Management University, Singapore

11:10-11:50 Keynote Presentation | Peridot (Level 2)
Skills and Higher Education: A Case Study of Singapore & Implications for Southeast Asia
Lim Lai Cheng, Singapore Management University, Singapore

11:50-12:00 Conference Photograph | Peridot Pre Function Area

12:00-13:30 Lunch Break | Peridot Pre Function Area

13:30-14:30 Plenary Panel Presentation | Peridot (Level 2)
Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Farish Noor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Victor Teo, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

14:30-15:00 Featured Presentation | Peridot (Level 2)
From South East Asian Classrooms to the Middle of the North Pacific!
Lowell Sheppard, HOPE International Development Agency, Japan

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break | Peridot Pre Function Area

15:30-16:30 Conference Poster Session | Peridot Pre Function Area


ASEAN Career Fair with Japan 2020: International Symposium

Location: Function Room, Level 6, Administration Building, Singapore Management University

15:30-16:00 Introductory Remarks
Joseph Haldane, International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan

16:00-16:05 Welcome Address
Mr Jun Yamazaki, Japanese Ambassador to Singapore

16:05 Panel Presentations

Lessons for Japan from the ASEAN Career Fair
Haruko Satoh, Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy
Osaka University

Challenges of Japanese Language Training and Education in Southeast Asia
Izumi Walker, Deputy Director, Centre for Language Studies
National University of Singapore

New Challenges for Greater Innovation and Business Generation with Japan
Yoshi Mitsui, CEO, CLO Labs, Singapore
Innovation and Business Generation in Singapore

17:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A

17:30 View from a Japanese company
Yoshiya (Josh) Hara, General Manager, Human Resource Department
Human Capital Development Division, Dai-ichi Life Insurance

17:45 Q&A and closing remarks

09:30-10:45: Parallel Session I | Opal Rooms (Level 1)

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break | Opal Pre Function Area

11:00-12:40: Parallel Session II | Opal Rooms (Level 1)

12:40-13:40: Lunch Break | Opal Pre Function Area

13:40-14:55: Parallel Session III | Opal Rooms (Level 1)

14:55-15:10: Coffee Break | Opal Pre Function Area

15:10-16:50: Parallel Session IV | Opal Rooms (Level 1)

19:00-21:30: Official Conference Dinner (optional extra)

09:20-11:00: Parallel Session I | Opal Rooms (Level 1)

11:00-11:20: Coffee Break | Opal Pre Function Area

11:20-13:00: Parallel Session II | Opal Rooms (Level 1)

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break | Opal Pre Function Area

14:00-14:50: Parallel Session III | Opal Rooms (Level 1)

14:50-15:05: Coffee Break | Opal Pre Function Area

15:05-16:20: Parallel Session IV | Opal Rooms (Level 1)

16:20-16:35: Closing Session | Opal 101 (Level 1)

The above schedule may be subject to change.


Final Programme

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The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule. All registered delegates who attend conference receive a printed copy of the Conference Programme at the Registration Desk on arrival.

Accepted abstracts of confirmed presenters are available here.


Featured Presentations

  • Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
    Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
    Plenary Panel Presentation: Haruko Satoh, Lam Peng Er, Farish Noor & Victor Teo
  • The Impact of AI on the Future of Work: Implications for University Education in ASEAN
    The Impact of AI on the Future of Work: Implications for University Education in ASEAN
    Special Address: Steven Miller
  • Skills and Higher Education: A Case Study of Singapore & Implications for Southeast Asia
    Skills and Higher Education: A Case Study of Singapore & Implications for Southeast Asia
    Featured Presentation: Lim Lai Cheng
  • From South East Asian Classrooms to the Middle of the North Pacific!
    From South East Asian Classrooms to the Middle of the North Pacific!
    Featured Presentation: Lowell Shepherd
Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Plenary Panel Presentation: Haruko Satoh, Lam Peng Er, Farish Noor & Victor Teo

The recent announcement of the Association of Asian Studies’ decision to relocate its Asian conference from Hong Kong to Kobe, Japan, due to the political situation in Hong Kong is a poignant reminder that institutions of higher education and research are not immune to geopolitical developments in East Asia. The underpinning institutions and arrangements of the US-led international liberal order are seen to be weakening, if not in retreat, not least because of President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy but because the economies of the countries in this order have not fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, leaving a void in its wake for China to fill. In Southeast Asia, the effects of China’s growing influence are especially difficult to ignore, where most states are still in a developmental phase, both politically and economically. In such a fluid situation, the status of institutions of higher education as a bastion of free-thinking, innovative scholarship, and liberal values will be tested in the coming years and decades while governments in pursuit of nation-state consolidation turn to authoritarian rule and policies driven by tribal nationalism.

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The Impact of AI on the Future of Work: Implications for University Education in ASEAN
Special Address: Steven Miller

Moving forward, the work environment will increasingly include hybridised combinations of human intelligence and machine (artificial) intelligence and this has important implications for university-level education. To assist ASEAN university educators to grasp the implications of this transition, this talk will address the following topics:

  1. What is AI
  2. Industry applications of AI
  3. Comparing AI and human intelligence
  4. The respective roles of people and AI/Cognitive Automation in the workplace
  5. The challenges of predicting the impacts of AI and automation on work and employment
  6. Implications for ASEAN economy and university education

Within this 40 minute session covering all six of these topics, the largest amount of time will be concentrated on the third and fourth topics.

My understanding of these issues and views on these topics are derived from the following sources: i) from my close working relationships with industry and government, ii) from my opportunities to review of state-of-the-art AI research proposals and projects, and iii) from extensive reading of both practitioner community authors and academic and research community authors.

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Skills and Higher Education: A Case Study of Singapore & Implications for Southeast Asia
Featured Presentation: Lim Lai Cheng

Technology is radically transforming every industry sector in Singapore and most parts of the world. The key to growth ultimately depends on how fast a country is able to restructure its industries to remain competitive and how quickly workers can develop new skills to stay relevant. Since 2016, different agencies in Singapore have been working hard on Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) to drive productivity and innovation. SkillsFuture, a national movement which encourages all Singaporeans to engage in lifelong learning has also gained momentum with substantial government funding and programmes to drive skills upgrading. More significant is the fact there are now schools, academies or centres in our universities that are specially focused on providing professional continuing education for working adults. This session focuses on how this new imperative and surge in professional education programmes are shaping the tertiary landscape. It also discusses the implications of disruptive technologies and new skills demands, and the role of tertiary institutions vis-a-vis industry in Southeast Asia.

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From South East Asian Classrooms to the Middle of the North Pacific!
Featured Presentation: Lowell Shepherd

Lowell Sheppard has been active in education in a variety of ways over many years. Through the building of elementary and middle schools in Cambodia and enabling Indigenous Young People in the Philippines to receive a college education through the Pamulaan Center, Lowell has enabled thousands of young people to receive an education.

Lowell’s latest Project, Pacific Solo, involves him taking the classroom from SE Asia to the North Pacific. In two years time, Lowell plans on sailing solo across the North Pacific through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to a place he has identified as Nemo North, the place furthest from Land in any direction. Lowell is announcing the Pacific Solo Learning Project, and outlining at the conference ways that students and classrooms can engage by asking him to gather data and conduct collaborative experiments on their behalf while on his voyage.

Lowell has also served on the board Nagoya International School in Japan, and is currently on the IAFOR International Academic Advisory Board.

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