UE Caloocan Hosts Fourth Biennial CAMANAVA Studies Conference

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Ongoing starting today is the Fourth Biennial CAMANAVA Studies Conference, an international conference which, this year, focuses on Quality Education for Sustainable Development. The conference runs from February 8 to 10, 2019, with the Multipurpose Hall 3 and classrooms of the Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building in UE Caloocan as the venues for the first two days, to be followed by an off-campus cultural tour on the third day.

This year’s conference has “Assuring quality education for sustainable development” as theme and is aimed to help advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

The topics of interest for presentation in the conference include but are not limited to Assuring Quality Education for Sustainable Development in: Accountancy and Business Administration, Agriculture and Biotechnology, Basic and Teacher Education, Communication and Social Sciences, Health and Other Medical Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Fine Arts and Design, Computer and Information Technology, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Tourism and Hospitality Management

This International Conference on Quality Education for Sustainable Development (ICQESD) comes after the first conference that was held on February 8-9, 2013 (theme: “Dynamics of Higher Education in CAMANAVA and Urban Zones: Response to the Merging of Cities and Global Phenomenon”); the second conference on February 6-7, 2015 (theme: “Multi- Disciplinary Issues, Challenges, and Directions: A Crisis Outlook”; and the third conference, specifically the International Conference on Emerging Discourses and Issues in Sustainable Development (ICEDISD), on February 3-5, 2017 (theme: “Emerging Discourses and Issues in Sustainable Development”).

UE’s CAMANAVA Studies is a forum that promotes basic and applied research in different fields of study so as to help solve problems confronting local and global communities. An in-house arm of the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Caloocan, CAMANAVA Studies started as a development-oriented forum for scholars, researchers and academicians in the different academic disciplines addressing the problems of UE Caloocan’s immediate community―Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela or CAMANAVA (an administrative district of Metro Manila), hence its name. However, the forum later included research topics that address local, national and international problems. The main projects of CAMANAVA Studies are the biennial conferences and the monthly fora.

This latest International Conference on Quality Education for Sustainable Development is co-convened by the following international partners of UE and colleges and offices of UE: Chiang Mai University and Maejo University of Chiang Mai, Thailand, National Kaohsiung Normal University of Taiwan, Prince of Songkla University of Thailand, and Soka University of Tokyo, Japan, as international partners, along with the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila, College of Business Administration-Caloocan, College of Engineering-Caloocan, College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design, Graduate School, Office of Research Coordination, and Office of Extension and Community Outreach.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Weerapon Thongma, the Vice President and President-elect of Maejo University, whose speech is about Education for Sustainable Tourism in Northern Thailand. He is followed by nine plenary speakers: Dr. Tatsuki Toda, Dean of Soka University’s Graduate School of Engineering; Costales Nature Farms Inc. Chairperson Josephine F. Costales; lecturer-assistant professor Daniel Susilo of Indonesia’s Dr. Soetomo University Faculty of Communications Science; Dr. Badaruddin Mohamed, professor in Tourism Planning and Development at the School of Housing, Building and Planning at the Universiti Sains Malaysia; Dr. Yuthasak Chatkaewnapanon, lecturer and Head of the Centre of Tourism and Hospitality Studies at Chiang Mai University; Dr. Keiichi Yamada, a Faculty of Business, Marketing and Distribution professor at Nakamura Gakuen University; Dr. Liza G. Battad, Chief for Planning and Information Management of the Philippine Carabao Center; Dr. Olivia C. Caoili, the Director of UE’s Office of Research Coordination; and Dr. Allan C. Orate, a full professor of UE CAS Manila.

Following a call for research papers in 2018, this conference’s organizers and secretariat received an unprecedented 115 entries from all over the Philippines and beyond―a good indication of the robustness of the research culture in general, and in UE in particular. As such, this year’s conference has several simultaneous parallel in its first two days, grouped into papers on education, information technology, social science, tourism, agriculture, social science, engineering, information technology and business administration.

Thank you and kudos, Camanava Studies Conference organizers, convenors, sponsors and participants!