Events Postgraduate Passages: Navigating Research & Networking in the Next Normal

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Sat, 3 Dec 2022

Postgraduate Passages: Navigating Research & Networking in the Next Normal

When: 3 December 2022, 9am to 4 December 2022, 6pm
Location:Blended | JCU Singapore campus & Online via Zoom


The 2nd Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference is co-hosted in 2022 by James Cook University, Singapore (JCUS), the University of Reading Malaysia (URM), and Taylors University (TU).

This year we’ve opted for a blended mode to facilitate networking between and amongst candidates from each of our partner institutions. Saturday 3 December will be devoted to a full day of research presentations. Sunday 4 December offers a half-day of networking.

Saturday 3 December

Sunday 4 December

Opening Address

Keynote Address

Full day of research presentations scheduled in parallel sessions

Schedule of the event

Refreshments & introductions

Speed networking session

  • 1-minute research sharing

Open networking session

  • Find your future research collaboration partners

Postgraduate Passages: Navigating Research & Networking in the Next Normal

The conference committee invites all postgraduate higher degree by research candidates from JCUS, URM and TU to submit research abstracts for presentations and discussions during the 2nd Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference.

Full-paper presentation sessions will be 30 minutes, with 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes Q&A. The schedule of presentations will be available in October 2022. Presenters will be awarded a certificate for participation and can count their presentation into Professional Research Development hours as relevant for their respective institution. We encourage submissions regardless of your current stage of progress; even those at the beginning can present proposals or literature reviews.

Up to 1000 SGD of prizes will be awarded. Criteria will be determined by the committee and announced via this conference site.

Key Dates

  • Submission of Abstract: DUE DATE EXTENDED TO 14 September 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2022
  • Registration opens: 1 October 2022
  • Conference: 3-4 December 2022

Any abstract submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Abstracts should be written in the following format:

Abstract format

  1. Font: Times New Roman, double spacing, size 12
  2. Word limit: 200-300 words
  3. 2 to 5 keywords
  4. Please include the name and affiliation of the primary author and supervisors or other co-authors.
  5. Indicate the country in which you are currently based
  6. Indicate the primary discipline of your research
  7. Indicate your stage of progress (i.e., year 1/beginning, year 2/middle, year 3-4/end)

The primary author will be notified of the review committee’s selection by October 2022. Additional instructions for the conference will be provided then.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically in Word format to the contact person on behalf of the conference organizing committee:

Ms Ziwei Yang, at [email protected]

We look forward to having you be part of the event!

Organizing Committee
Mr Rupesh Selvaraj Arunasalam, JCUS
Mr Joel Qi Hong Yap, JCUS
Ms Ziwei Yang, JCUS
Ms Hafsa Imtiaz, TU
Mr Liang Jun Gooi (Jeff), TU
Ms Pang Chia Yee, TU
Ms Lin Zhiqi (Sally), TU

Committee Advisors
Mr Izzat Morshidi, JCUS|URM
Ms Catherine Toh, JCUS

Committee Mentors
Associate Professor Denise Dillon, JCUS
Dr Mustafa Khufallah, UoRM
Associate Professor Dr Camelia Kusumo, TU
Dr Ungku Norani Sonet Ungku Abdul Rahman, TU

REGISTRATION (Opens 1 October)

Detail of Keynote Session

Keynote Title & Description: Research Contribution in Academia

As new researchers, the search for contribution to knowledge can be exciting as well as perplexing. For some, it’s overwhelming when the area of research is well established or loss of research focus when it’s an emerging field of study. I reflect on these challenges and offer some pointers especially for early career researchers.

Speaker Profile

Professor Teck Yong Eng  
Professor of Business Enterprise & Analytics, Head of Henley Business School Malaysia

Prior to joining HBS Malaysia, Prof. Eng was head of the department of digital and data-driven marketing at the University of Southampton, Southampton Business School UK. He had worked in the UK for almost 27 years, and had been chair of marketing and head of department for almost 10 years at three different business schools in the UK.

Prof. Eng’s research revolves around solving non-trivial resource allocation decisions at firm or business units level for optimizing profitability, creating stakeholders’ value and maximizing utility function by developing analytics and using advanced research methods.

Prof. Eng’s teaching interests include digital marketing, data analytics, R statistical programming and business research methods. He has run many workshops and executive training sessions on big data analytics and advanced quantitative methods for researchers and practitioners. His leadership and methodological competencies are recognised both in the academy and industry.

Prof. Eng has consulted for the Business Monitor International London in developing information and communications technology country-level metrics and written over 50 country reports. He regularly consults and writes for policy think tanks and practitioners. He has served as an advisory member of the European Research Council (ERC) for a large grant on commercialisation of nanotechnology. He has also written practitioner-oriented policy papers for the Royal Mail (UK) and The Guardian Newspaper (UK). He is Managing Editor of the Journal of General Management, a well recognized practitioner oriented journal with over 40 years of publication history.

Prof. Eng is also an active trainer and keynote speaker. He has published over 60 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, guest co-edited special issues, and book chapters.

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About the Hosts

James Cook University, Singapore (JCUS): Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

The Singapore campus of James Cook University is fully owned by James Cook University Australia, which is ranked in the top 2%* of universities in the world. James Cook University Australia established its Singapore campus in 2003 as part of its expressed intent of internationalising its activities and offers a suite of university level programs at the Singapore campus covering the areas of Business, Information Technology, Psychology, Education, Science, Commerce, Accounting, Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Games Design, Tourism and Hospitality. James Cook University offers Higher Degree by Research programs such as Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and pathways to a higher degree. Additionally, the campus offers courses at the pre- university level, specifically designed to provide pathways for students who are unable to immediately meet university entrance standards.


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