Education Conference 2017 - Call for Research Papers

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 10:19

Important dates

Conference Date: April 29-30, 2017

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 20, 2017

Deadline for submission of completed research papers: February 15, 2017

Deadline for registration: March 1, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Conference details:

Organizers: The US – Educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association, ADA University, Azerbaijan Technological University (Ganja) Partners: Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, U.S.Embassy in Baku, Baku American Center at Azerbaijan University of Languages, ENAM, Gravity Inc.

 

Venue: Azerbaijan Technological University (Ganja)

 

Working language: Azerbaijani (simultaneous translation to English and Russian)

 

Higher Education has played an important role in the process of joining to the global processes and integrating to the global production network. Shift to the knowledge-based economy has increased need for the highly qualified labor, innovations, and research. At the same time, recent global financial crisis hit all economies with varying degree. This resulted in decline of public spending on education in general, and especially, on higher education. As a result of the pressured public budgeting, the higher education institutions faced the challenges of maintaining/improving quality of learning and research, and meeting the increased demand for access to higher education with fewer resources.

 

What is the goal of the Education Conference 2017

The conference aims to empower delegates from four different areas: policy makers, researchers, NGO’s and entrepreneurs to discuss alternative ways to financing education to improve quality of learning, gain entrepreneurship skills, enhance research and innovations, widen access to higher education. During the exhibition the researchers will present their findings on the relevant topics.

 

Its panel discussion will involve three representatives: policy makers, researchers, and entrepreneurs. The panelists will share their perspectives, lessons learned, best practices that worked in their systems. In addition, the panelists will address the findings presented during the research exhibition as well.

 

Its four main panels and workshops cover the hot topics that are mostly debated on the policy and institutions levels as in Caucasus (especially Georgia and Azerbaijan) and in the EU member states (especially Eastern Europe).

 

Panel Discussions

 

1. Efficiency and public spending on education

 

This panel aims to increase awareness about how the efficiency is being achieved in different systems. What are the way for diversification of income at the tertiary education institutions? Why do we spend what we spend?

2. Financing access to higher education

 

This workshop aims to examine the different policy mechanism that enable students from different population groups to take equally advantage of quality education. What is education for all? What is the demand of the knowledge-based economy for the labor qualifications?

 

3. Governance, entrepreneurship and technology in education

 

This panel aims to examine the internal strength, external opportunities, and external threats that the universities face in the fast changing knowledge-economy. The panelists are expected to share practical experience, lessons learned on what factored into the success of the higher education institutions. What important steps the governments have taken, or should take to overcome economic challenges to reach the goal of a better future as for the university and for the country.

 

4. Research and innovations in education

 

This workshop aims to examine the different policy mechanism that enable students from different population groups to take equally advantage of quality education. What is education for all? What is the demand of the knowledge-based economy for the labor qualifications?

 

The conference is being organized by AAA (US-Education Azerbaijani Alumni Association) and ADA University in cooperation with Azerbaijan Technological University in Ganja. Ganja is the second biggest city in Azerbaijan. It is located in the western part of Azerbaijan with more than 300 000 people. The city received a status of the European Capital of Europe in 2016. Ganja is a strategic economic region of Azerbaijan, which is surrounded by the rural area with representation of big and small businesses, industry, and agriculture in that area.

 

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Alumni educated under various programs abroad and interested in presenting their education research paper or policy analysis
  • Independent researchers in the field of education
  • Education specialists involved in both research and practice
  • University professors

 

International Applicants and Participants

The conference is open for international applicants and participants as well. The travel cost and lodging are covered for admitted applicants by the organizers. There is no fee for those interested to participate at the conference though the expenses with travel and stay will not be covered by the organizers.

 

Registration

If you plan to attend the conference, you need to register by submitting the registration form found here Registration Form

 

Presentation Formats

  • Poster presentation (Azerbaijani)
  • Faculty showcase (English/Azerbaijani)
  • Panel discussion (English/Azerbaijani)
  • Workshop (English/Azerbaijani)

 

Recommendations

 

  • You are expected to submit research papers, based on your experience and understanding of existing situation in the country;

 

  • Each research work should clearly explain the impact of the results on educational policy, including, recommendations for reforms and changes in the field of education;

 

  • Research projects should include references to literature from international academic articles;

 

  • Research projects should include references to literature from international academic articles. Complete electronic sources (EBSCO, JSTOR, Oxford and Cambridge University Press, Emerald, Wiley-Blackwell, etc.) are available free of charge at the Baku American Centre at Azerbaijan University of Languages. For further information please contact the following e-mail address: ircdirector@adu.edu.az;

 

  • To protect confidentiality and provide transparency, all submitted abstracts and full papers will be coded prior the evaluation of experienced researchers.

 

AAA will have the following available for the applicant

 

  • Workshop on APA writing style and citations

 

  • Workshop on research methods

 

 

 

Baku American Center will have the following resources available for the applicants/researchers:

 

  • Workshops (individual and in groups) on using search engines through EBSCO, JSTOR, Oxford and Cambridge University Press, Emerald, Wiley-Blackwell etc.
  • Free access to full-text E- journals
  • For more information contact Aytaj Mesgarliyeva (+994)12 441 36 80 / (+994)12 441 01 72 (ext. 229). When you call, please, note that you are an applicant for the conference.

 

Requirements for Researchers

 

I. Criteria for Abstract Submission

 

Both abstracts and full research papers should follow the APA style.

 

Length: One page typed (max. 300 words)

 

Language: Azerbaijani / English / Russian

 

Format and subject:

 

  • Times New Roman font, size 12, double-spaced

 

  • Names of author(s), email, research title, and organization represented by author

 

  • Three key words (written below abstract)

 

  • Connection of research and national educational strategy is clearly articulated

 

  • The abstract describes research which takes an innovative approach to the field

 

  • Abstract is submitted prior to the deadline

 

  • Abstract/proposal clearly describes the goal of investigation, methodology, and the probable results

 

  • A minimum of five main references are provided

 

Please, visit the link for the full APA guidelines

 

APA guidelines: APA Guidebook

 

Main evaluation criteria:

  • Clarity of text
  • Importance of research topic
  • Academic approach
  • Relevance to the Conference theme

 

Submission: Submit your abstract and a resume to the e-mail addresses provided below no later than

 

January 05, 2017. Please include “Abstract for Education Conference 2017 - Your Name” in the subject line of the e-mail. Your abstract should be sent to educonference@aaa.org.az with with cc: aaa_application@yahoo.com

 

II. Criteria for the completed research project

 

Length: Maximum 3000 words (including schedules and a list of literature)

 

Language: Azerbaijani / English / Russian

 

Format and subject:

  • Times New Roman font, 12 size, double-spaced
  • Names of author(s), email(s), title or research, and organization represented by author and email
  • Three key words

 

Main evaluation criteria:

  • Clarity of research methodology
  • Importance of research topic
  • Relevance to the Conference theme
  • Academic/objective approach
  • Substantiality and clarity of the text
  • Research addresses priority directions of educational strategy
  • Innovation
  • Relevance of recommendations

 

Submission: Please submit final papers to educonference@aaa.org.az with cc: aaa_application@yahoo.com

 

no later than February 15, 2017. Please include “Final Paper – Education Conference 2017 – Your Name” in the subject line.

 

 

 



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