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Meeting ID: 824 5439 9882

Passcode: 353021



On Saturday July 16, 2022, the Skeena Summit Academic Research Forum will sponsor a conference to be held at Kansai at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya Uegahara campus. This event will be an international hybrid (on-line and in-person) conference addressing the theme of how academics, professionals, volunteers and students can embrace the  changes wrought in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The approach is interdisciplinary, including diverse areas such as  Education, Culture, Commerce, Health, Leadership, and Climate Change. Presenters are encouraged to present research, practical techniques, and motivational stories based on personal experiences that exemplify resilience & transformation of their fields in the post-COVID-19 context.

There is no charge for participating in the  conference. 

Selected papers will be included in a post-conference publication. 

Submit abstracts (150-200 words)  to:

A Message from the Organizer

Greetings and welcome to the website for the Summer Seminar

We live in interesting and challenging times that are unprecedented with international travel that is all but suspended, making many feel isolated. This has meant that students and academics all across the world being unable to travel and staying home. This is particularly felt by those who traditionally take the months of August and September as time for study abroad. Some of the students that I interact with regularly at Osaka Women's University (Wilmina) seemed particularly disappointed at the prospect of being unable to study abroad this year. The flow of information and exchange of ideas needs to continue.

With those thoughts in mind, I tried to think of a way to have the students continue to exchange and to learn without leaving their home countries. Thanks to technology that allows us to interact truly make it happened a tire world That is global.

While there have been recent suggestions by some that with COVID-19 related lockdowns that there will be an end to globalization, and that we will stop, or slow internationalization. However, the former head of the  United Nations, Kofi Annan once said "Arguing against globalization is like arguing against gravity." 

The flow of information and exchange of ideas needs to continue, let us continue to exchange and learn from each other through venues such as these. Collaboration and learning creates better understanding which inevitably leads to a better and more peaceful world as we finally get through the current crises.

This years 2020 seminar is a series of international talks that will enable the creation of a study abroad international atmosphere for students in Japan and East Africa without travelling across boarders. In addition to the classes there are also interactive discussions and thoughtful questions to work together on through Zoom and Google Classroom.

We hope you will join us for this unique experience.  

Richard Miller

July, 2020




10:00 am - 4:00 pm (JST)

This one-day Conference and Exhibition will feature:

  • Welcoming Speech  (Conference Chair)


    •  Saul Takahashi


    • Michael C. Boyce, "Transformative Education and Support of Global Youth Through Micro-Activism and Social Learning Spaces" 

  • Presentations on Global Education and Overseas Study Opportunities

    • Various presentations led by Directors of leading colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Switzerland. Each college or university representative will present for 15 minutes (live or pre-recorded).

The expected universities and colleges include:
Canada: Canada West University, York University, Algoma College

U.S.: The University at Albany (SUNY), The University of Findlay (Ohio), the University of Northern Ohio, Pace University (New York City), Sacred Heart University (Connecticut), University of Delaware, Tennessee Tech University, Savannah College of Art and Design

New Zealand: University of Canterbury, Otago University

Switzerland: Swiss Education Group (Hospitality and Hotel Management Universities)

  • Breakout sessions

    • Individual presenters will deliver their presentation in two breakout rooms. There will be morning and afternoon breakout sessions. Presentations will be divided into various categories by topic and mode of delivery: in- person, online live, or  asynchronous/on-demand 

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