"Internationalization or Globalization?"

December 2–5, 2010 | The Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan

The Asian Conference on Education 2010 (ACE2010) was held from December 2-5, 2010 and was a great success. More than 400 participants from 37 countries around the world congregated in Osaka for the second conference on Education, in affiliation with the UK’s Birkbeck, University of London and Japan’s Waseda University. The conference was chaired by Professor Sue Jackson, Pro-Vice Master of Teaching and Learning at Birkbeck, and Professor Michiko Nakano, Director of the Distance Learning Center at Waseda. Both the Conference co-chairs gave keynote addresses related to Distance, Access and Lifelong Learning, one of the special themes of the conference, as did Vice Chancellor Mary Stuart of Lincoln University (UK).

IAFOR aims to make internationalisation in the university world a reality by encouraging academics throughout the world to forge partnerships across boundaries of subject discipline, creed and nationality. We were greatly encouraged to see the well-attended sessions challenge and inspire serious and challenging debate in a climate of mutual respect. We have every reason to hope that the conference will continue to grow in the future.

We would like to thank the keynote speakers, the featured speakers, and each and every participant for making ACE2010 a success. We would also like to thank our global academic partners and affiliates for their role in the conference, and last, but not least, the small team of volunteers who staffed the event.