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Villa College is pleased to announce the upcoming International Conference on Social Research and Innovation 2018 (ICSRI2018) to be held from 18 - 19 November 2018. The theme for the conference is "Awakening the Intellect: Inspiring Innovation". We look forward to your participation in our annual event.

Villa College

Villa College is the leading private higher education institution in the Maldives, offering studies ranging from foundation level, to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The mission of Villa College is to sustain, develop and disseminate knowledge and understanding by providing internationally recognized higher education at an affordable price, through teaching, research, consultancy and training which develop the intellectual capacity and values vital to the dynamic Maldivian community and economy. In line with this, Villa College has established the Institute of Research and Innovation to carry out and foster research activities. Numerous researches are conducted by our academicians, and some of the research projects that have been undertaken include projects done for UN agencies.

Institute for Research and Innovation

The Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) is a growth initiative of Villa College to create a research-focused academic community in the Maldives. The institute is committed to undertaking research at the highest quality and seeking to meet world leading standards of excellence in conducting research. The institute works toward bringing together academics of different institutions locally and internationally in creating a research environment, as well as toward disseminating quality research to inform the Maldivian society and beyond.

ICSRI 2018

The Institute of Research and Innovation hosts the annual research conference called the International Conference on Social Research and Innovation (ICSRI). The conference is scheduled to be held from 18 - 19 November 2018 at the Villa College QI campus. The ICSRI is a multidisciplinary international conference and invites researchers, professors, practitioners and higher education students to share their knowledge on Social Research and Innovation. The conference brings together a strong network of connections thereby creating ample opportunity for participants to engage in robust discussions on ideas, new directions and create innovative practices in all fields including education, social sciences and humanities in a multicultural atmosphere. The main theme for the third ICSRI is ‘Awakening the Intellect: Inspiring Innovation’.


   The conference deliberations will be on the following tracks;


   Important Deadlines


   Abstract Structure
   No graphs, tables, or images can be included in abstracts.

   Font Size


   Abstract length
   Please keep your abstract length within the following limits:
   Abstract Body: 250-300 words
   Abstract Title: 150 characters, including spaces and punctuation. The first letter of each word should be in upper case.

   Authors and Affiliations
    Number of Authors: Up to 5 authors
    Number of Affiliations: Up to 5 institutions
    *    First author is considered as the presenting as well as corresponding author.
    *    Please do not include authors’ information within the abstract body. Any authors’ information within the abstract body may be deleted from

   Include 3 to 6 key words.

   Poster/ Oral Presentation
   Please indicate if you are going to do a poster presentation or an oral presentation.

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  •    Your poster title and contents should correspond to the title and content of the abstract you submitted.
  •    Your poster must be designed to fit an A1 size posterboard, and the poster should be printed on materials that can be    mounted easily with push pins.
  •    Plan your poster to be in logical sequence, i.e. introduction, study design and methods, results and conclusion.
  •    Posters should be designed for clear viewing from a distance of beyond 3' so that they can be viewed by a number of people at the
       same time.
  •    To ensure visual effectiveness of your poster, use large lettering and a minimum of text. Use of colour and clear images can    visually enhance your poster.
  •    Put your poster up at least half an hour prior to the start of the poster sessions of the conference.
  •    Remove your poster immediately at the close of the poster session.

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  •    This model paper contains information about the formatting requirements for the International Journal of Social Research and    Innovation (IJSRI).
  •     Format your paper in Times New Roman 12 points throughout with single line spacing, using bold and italics as appropriate.
  •     Do not use any formatting styles other than bullets where required for lists.
  •     We will apply all other styles when the paper is typeset.
  •     The paper should not exceed 15 A4 size pages, including the abstract, figures and references; and references should be in the    APA style (see below for further details).
  •     The abstract should be no less than 150 words and should not exceed 300 words.
  •     Download and read this document carefully.

   Publication of Abstracts and Papers
    *       Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference documentation.
    *       Full papers should be prepared for presentation at the conference, and will be considered for publication in our
              journal, the International Journal for Social Research and Innovation (IJSRI) after its double-blind review process.
    *       If you wish your paper to be considered for publication in our journal, please indicate this at the time of submission.
    *       Further details of these publication opportunities will be provided at the conference.

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   Registration Fees
   Early Bird Registration (By 22nd October 2018)
   Normal : US$ 100
   Local and work permit holders : MVR 500
   Students: MVR 250

   Regular Registration (By 5th November 2018)
   Normal : US$ 150
    Local and work permit holders : MVR 600
   Students: MVR 300

   Registration Fees Include
   Admission to the welcome ceremony
   Admission to all presentation sessions
   Access to poster area
   Conference materials
   Conference programme and book of abstracts
   Lunch, coffee/tea during the breaks


   Penal Discussion Themes
    *      Research and Education
    *      Business and Economy
    *      Technology
    *      Heath
    *      Environment and Sustainability
    *      Democracy

Travel Info


Participants attending the conference are required to obtain business visas as per the Immigration rules of the Maldives. Non-participants do not need visas to enter Maldives (maximum 30 days for each visit on tourist visas).

Travel: Airport to Hotel

The hotel is located in Malé City. The approximate ferry fare from the airport to Malé is US$1.
For further details of the transport to/from the airport, please visit

Travel: Hotel to Conference Venue (Villa College)

Participants can take taxis to travel from the hotel to the conference venue. Travel assistance will be arranged by the conference organizer.
Estimated Fare: MVR 30.84 ($2).
Authorized Taxi Centres in Male' include:
J R TAXI SERVICE - 332 1919


The official currency in Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR). Foreign currencies can be changed for MVR at banks and airports. The exchange rate is approximately MVR 15.42 = US$1.

Local Time

GMT + 5 hours (DST)/ GMT+4 hours (BST)


Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), and ADK Hospital are the two hospitals in Male' itself, and are open 24 hrs. It has doctors and nursing staff that are be able to communicate in English.
IGMH: www.igmh.gov.mv/
ADK: http://www.adkhospital.mv/


Deadline for Early Bird Registration is 22nd October 2018 | Registration Deadline is 5th November 2018

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