The 2nd International Symposium on Strengthening Peace through Education

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
December 22-23, 2018

Hiroshima, Japan

ISPED 2018 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Saturday and Sunday, December 22-23, 2018

Submissions Closed.

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The 2nd International Symposium on Strengthening Peace through Education (ISPED 2018)»

We are delighted to welcome you to the 2nd International Symposium on Strengthening Peace through Education (ISPED 2018) to be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 22-23, 2018 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. This event is partnered with the 3rd International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability (ICOHS 2018) and the 4th Pacific Symposium for Nursing and Healthcare Professionals (SNAHP 2018).

We are especially pleased to hold this year’s event in Hiroshima: Japan’s City of Peace. Our inaugural event was held last year in Nagasaki, Japan and was attended by more than 40 participants from 17 countries.

All early registrants will receive a free Hiroshima travel pass. The Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass for international visitors offers you unlimited rides on designated transportation areas, including expressway buses on seven routes, all Hiroshima Electric Railway (Hiroden) streetcar lines, ferries to Miyajima the Shrine Island and streetcar lines to Hiroshima Peace Park – both Miyajima and Peace Park are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

About ISPED 2018

In today’s world, strengthening peace through education is more important than ever. The impetus for ISPED was based on UNICEF’s Learning for Peace initiative, which is a global peace building program; however, it’s primary focus is on impoverished and war-torn nations.

The objective of ISPED though is to provide an intimate platform for discussing both the challenging problems in teaching as well as innovative techniques and solutions across a diverse range social and economic levels in both rich and poor countries as well as peaceful and war-torn nations. We believe that examining teaching challenges require a holistic perspective that embraces the critical relationship between the teacher and the learner.

With the theme Impact and Progress, ISPED 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed engagement for educators, academics, researchers, students and others who desire to improve teaching quality, student engagement and access to education. Participants will have an opportunity to showcase research, connect with other educators, learn about key issues and explore the culture and history of Hiroshima!

Please note that ISPED 2018 has a limited number of presentation slots. Submission and registration applications are based on availability and may close prior to the cut off date.

The final deadline for submissions is closed.

ISPED 2018 Submit Abstract

  • Culture and Globalization
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Economics & Business Education
  • E-learning and Distance Education
  • Higher Education
  • Human Rights Education
  • Language Education and Linguistics
  • Literacy, Poverty and Social Equity
  • Math, Science and Technology Education
  • Peace Education
  • Special Education and Learning Difficulties
  • Student Learning
  • Teaching, Testing and Assessment
  • Other Areas (please specify)


Program Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chair and Program Director

 Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
Program Director

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Co-Chair and Plenary Speaker

Harry Carley Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech
English Department, School of Humanities
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Luis Santiago Luis Santiago, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director
Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning
Central Florida University, USA

Dr. Luis E. Santiago is associate professor at University of Central Florida School of Public Administration. He served as professor at the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Planning. Dr. Santiago holds a doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University and conducted postdoctoral work at Rutgers University. His interest in the role of ecosystem services in planning has led him to participate as co-principal investigator in the NASA Puerto Rico Human Impacts of Coastal Ecosystems and the NSF San Juan Urban Long-Term Research Area-Exploratory projects, among other research efforts. Dr. Santiago has authored and co-authored more than 15 peer-reviewed publications, mentored 18 master’s students and established a planning exchange program between University of Puerto Rico and Feng-Chia University in Taiwan.

His work has researched patterns of uneven access to common green areas among city residents and visitors, and has also elicited beach and river recreationists’ participation in selecting and valuing environmental attributes they consider fundamental in their recreation experience.

Planning has always been a field of study that values integration of knowledge. Dr. Santiago’s research agenda has been one based on strengthening inter-disciplinary links to advance planning theory and methods by examining them from a broader social-ecological context. From a planning knowledge perspective, his efforts have included exploring ecosystem services as an alternative planning and management analytical framework, and examining the institutional context in which such a framework can facilitate resource management and broader stakeholder participation.

Peer Review

ISPED 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed symposium. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for this event. Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the proceedings.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

ISPED 2018 Review Committee

Luis Santiago, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Director, Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning, Central Florida University, USA
Henry H. Loupias, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Visual Communication, University of Pasundan, Indonesia
Jo Ann Oravec, Ph.D. Professor, College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, USA
Robert Reuschlein, Ed.D Professor, Radio For Peace International; Founder, Real Economy Institute, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech Lecturer, School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
Naparat Kranrattanasuit Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand
Javid Ahmad Dar, Ph.D. Department of Political Science, University of Kashmir, India

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