AURS10 in Tokyo

The 10th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS10) in Tokyo

Key Information
  • Connected Conference: The 9th Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2023) in Tokyo
  • Symposium Dates:
    Day 1 (Online): Saturday, March 18, 2023 (10:00 JST | UTC +9)
    Day 2: Monday, March 27, 2023 09:30-10:30 (Online Session) and from 15:45-16:45 (Onsite in Tokyo)

The 10th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS10) was held as part of The 9th Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2023) in Tokyo. This two-day event gave 26 participants the opportunity to join other engaged undergraduate students from across the globe in an international and interdisciplinary course that aims to enhance their oral communication skills through a series of challenging and exciting online seminars and activities.


  • Professor Grant Black
    Professor Grant Black
    Chuo University, Japan
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

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Day 1 (Online): Saturday, March 18, 2023 (10:00 JST | UTC +9)

- See times on other time zones

Shaping and Presenting Ideas

10:00-10:10: Welcome Announcements and Introduction

10:10-10:25: Student Introductions
Ice-breaker activities that make use of Zoom’s breakout rooms to encourage students to get to know each other and share their stories.

10:25-10:50: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 1
This session is aimed at students considering further study and a possible career in academia.

10:50-11:00: Break

11:00-11:30: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 2
In this session, students have the chance to bring their own questions in small groups and discuss their own feelings about future career paths.

11:30-11:40: Break

11:40-12:10: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 3
Students learn how to conduct themselves at conferences, during solo presentations, panels, and roundtables. How to ask and answer questions, deal with difficult situations and disagreements will also be covered.

12:10-12:40: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 4
Roundtable Sessions
Students with research in similar fields engage in discussions based on themes decided by a session chair with knowledge of the relevant field.

12:40-12:50: Break

12:50-13:25: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 5
This session will focus on the skills involved in communicating ideas publicly. Students will need to know how to effectively communicate their ideas in one-on-one scenarios and in small groups.

13:25-13:30: Closing Session

Monday, March 27, 2023 (Onsite in Tokyo)

09:30-10:30 Discussion Session

15:45-16:45: Poster Presentation

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Professor Grant Black
Chuo University, Japan


Professor Grant Black is a professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, where he has taught Global Skills and Global Issues since 2013. Grant is engaged in diverse roles as a global manager, systems builder, executive leader and university professor. His research and teaching areas include global management skills, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and organisational management. He also has taught Japanese Management Theory at J. F. Oberlin University (Japan), and a continuing education course in the Foundations of Japanese Zen Buddhism at Temple University Japan. Previously, he was Chair of the English Section at the Center for Education of Global Communication at the University of Tsukuba where he served in a six-year post in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a BA Highest Honors in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Japanese Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci) from the Department of Management in the School of Business at the University of Leicester. Dr Black is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession in the UK. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Grant is President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan), a Tokyo-based firm specialising in international and intercultural project management, communication projects, and executive leadership and training. He is the director of the Nippon Academic Management Institute (NAMI) and the author of Education Reform Policy at a Japanese Super Global University: Policy Translation, Migration and Mutation (Routledge, 2022). He serves as a Vice-President for the International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

Professor Grant Black is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR. He is a member of the Business & Economics section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Dr Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan


Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.