Navigating Community : Charting
a Course for the 21st Century
September 24(Sun.) - 26(Tue.), 2017
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

The conference has been closed with a great success.
Thank you very much for your active participation and contribution.

Welcome to the 5th
University-Community Engagement Conference – UCEC2017

University-Community Engagement goes beyond mere outreach, as universities seek mutually beneficial relationships with communities to address community issues and needs with a commitment to sharing and reciprocity which embraces two-way partnerships.
UCEC is the biennial conference promoted by the Asia-Pacific University-Community Engagement Network (APUCEN) and co-hosted by their members. This is the first UCEC to be held in Japan.


Proram page has been updated.
Early-bird Registration has been closed.
Abstract Submission is now closed. Thank you to all of you who submitted abstracts.
Should you have any questions or queries regarding abstract submissions,
please contact us at ucec2017@kufs.ac.jp.
Deadline for Paper Submision has been extended to
Friday, 30th June 2017.

Early-bird Registration has been extended to
Monday, 14th August 2017
Paper Submission date has been extended.
*Deadline; Saturday, 10th June 2017
Registration for Optional tour is now open.
*Deadline; Monday,21st August, 2017
Registration is now open
* Deadline for Early Bird: Friday, 4th August 2017
Website is now open

Hosted by

  • Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia


Kyoto University of Foreign Studies is delighted to be hosting the 5th University Community Engagement Conference, the first UCEC to be held in Japan.

The theme of this year’s UCEC is ‘Navigating Community Engagement: Charting a Course for the 21st Century.’ We look forward to welcoming scholars from Japan and overseas to Kyoto to share knowledge and expertise, while considering how University-Community Engagement should move forward in the 21st Century to enable the resources at universities to be used in partnership with relevant communities that address urgent societal issues.

We are delighted to have two distinguished speakers to deliver Keynote Addresses: Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Binti Ismail, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Dr. Yasushi Akashi, Chairman of The International House of Japan and Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The conference will be held in the internationally famous city of Kyoto. As well as the conference, you will be able to enjoy some of the many things that Kyoto has to offer, from ancient temples and shrines to sumptuous food.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference in September.

Takeshi Matsuda, Ph.D.

Takeshi Matsuda, Ph.D.

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

UCEC Objectives

  1. To deepen critical discourse on the empowerment role of universities and their knowledge creation practice;
  2. To explore methods, strategies and experiences used in mutual community engagement and partnership among different sectors;
  3. To strengthen the capacity of universities in the process of social reform for social justice and sustainable development;
  4. To enhance networking, and the sharing of experiences among educators, communities, as well as social development practitioners, and to highlight best-practice cases of various types of university-community engagement.

This conference aims to create an opportunity for interested participants to share knowledge, experience and expertise whilst they contemplate the central question of enhancement and innovation for the future scenarios of community engagement.

Conference Theme

Navigating Community Engagement: Charting a Course for the 21st Century

Conference Sub Themes

  1. Community Engagement Social Innovation: Building Connections for Sustainable Future
  2. Community Engagement through "Socially Responsible Learning": Collaboration and Opportunities for a Better World
  3. Community Engagement: Long Life Learning
  4. Beyond the Borders of Community Engagement
  5. Creating a Legacy of Collaboration: Sustainable Partnership

Conference Outline


September 24 (Sun.) – 26 (Tue.), 2017


Kyoto University of Foreign Studies


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Contact Us

Management Secretariat of UCEC2017 (Kyoto University of Foreign Studies)