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International Conference on Social Research and Innovation (ISCRI)

ICSRI is an international conference organised and conducted by the Institution for Research and Innovation (IRI) of Villa College, Maldives. This years conference is scheduled to be held from 17th to 19th November 2017 at Villa College QI Campus.

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 hopes to bring together a strong network of connections thereby creating ample opportunity to engage in robust discussion 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 this Second conference is " Exploring New Horizons: Transforming Societies " with the following sub themes:

  • ♦ Politics, Policy, Law and Governance 
  • ♦ Business, Management
  • ♦ Finance and Corporate Governance
  • ♦ Environment and Technology
  • ♦ Language, Media and Communication
  • ♦ Psychology, Education and Development 
  • ♦ Health, Nursing and Social Work 
  • ♦ Religion, Art, Culture and Tourism 
  • ♦ General

The Call For Papers is not limited to the sub-themes mentioned above. Papers can be submitted in any related sub-topic, provided the researcher thinks that his/her work fits into any of the broad themes mentioned above.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Patrick Gunnigle

Professor of Business Studies
Kemmy Business School
University of Limerick
Ireland

Professor Robert Cavanagh

Former Director of Research in the School of Education at Curtin University

Professor You-Jin Jeon

Professor, School of Marine Biomedical Science
Jeju National University
Republic of Korea

Patrick Gunnigle is Professor of Business Studies and previous Head of the Department of Personnel and Employment Relations and the Department of Management at the University of Limerick. A graduate of University College Dublin (B.Comm, 1977; MBS, 1978) and Cranfield School of Management (PhD, 1995), he has authored, co-authored or edited 18 books and over 100 refereed journal papers and book chapters. His research has been published in leading international journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society and the Journal of World Business.

A former Fulbright Scholar and Marie Curie Exchange Scholar, Patrick Gunnigle is member of the editorial boards of the Human Resource Management Journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, South African Journal of Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations Journal and Employee Relations: The International Journal. He is also former co-editor of the Irish Journal of Management.

He holds Visiting Professor Appointments at Sorbonne Universite Paris II (Pantheon-Assas), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Rhodes University. His research interests include international business/multinational companies, human resource management (HRM), trade union membership and recognition, management strategies in industrial relations, and the role of HRM specialists. His research has attracted financial support from the European Union's Framework 7 programme, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Irish Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK).

Robert Cavanagh (PhD, MSc, Grad Dip Sc Ed, BEd), is a Professor in the School of Education at Curtin University, Western Australia. He is also Chair of the Board of Management of the Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Society. He has had two careers; first as a Teacher of Science, Head of Department of Physical Science, Deputy Principal, and Principal for 31 years. The second in academe with contracted and tenured positions at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University for 20 years. His research interests and those of his research students center on classroom and school learning environments informed by Positive Psychology and Flow Theory. His methodological preferences are for the application of Hermeneutic Phenomenology in conjunction with the Scaling Tradition of Measurement, particularly The Rasch Model. He is exploring Amodern conceptions of Science with William Fisher Jnr. (PhD), and developing an Amodern approach to Human Science measurement. The Amodern approach is grounded in assumptions about what is good for persons and society; the methodology of Phenomenology; fair, equitable and defensible measurement procedures (the Rasch Model); and metrological measurement eco-systems.

You-Jin Jeon, (Ph.D.), is a Professor at the School of Marine Biomedical Science at Jeju National University in Republic of Korea. He has received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Pukyong National University and conducted his postdoctoral research studies at Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and at Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta in Canada. Prof. Jeon served as the director of Marine and Environmental Research Institute in Jeju National University, and currently having two additional positions, a Technical Director of Aqua Green Tech Co. Ltd. and an Expert member in Korean Research Foundation. He is working with marine biomass to develop functional food materials for human and animals, especially marine animals, biomedical materials and marine cosmeceutical materials, and then he has published around 250 international and 100 Korean domestic manuscripts, and about 30 patents regarding those research areas. He has been appointed to a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. And he won four times prizes from Jeju National University, two times of the best research professor awards in 2007 and 2008, one time of the best teaching award in 2008 and one time of the best research project fund award in 2010. He has won another two prizes from two different Korean governments, the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2007 and the Ministry of land, Transport and Maritime Affairs in 2010. Additional academic awards received from Sajo Fisheries Company and from Oddoogi Food Company in 2014. At present (2017). The number of his lab members is 20 including six post-doc, and seven Ph.D. candidate students

PANEL SPEAKERS PROFILE

Implementation of the new national Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 in the Maldivian Schools
Moderator
Dr. Abdul Muhsin Mohamed
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Education
Panel Speaker
Aishath Mohamed Solih
Principal
Majeedhiyya School
Panel Speaker
Shuhudha Rizwan
Head of School of Teacher Development
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Panel Speaker
Fathmath Shaheema
Education Development Officer
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Exploring the avenues for inculcating a research culture in the Maldives
Moderator
Dr. Ibrahim Hassan
Country Programme Manager Maldives,
Australia Awards South and West Asia
Panel Speaker
Dr. Mizna Mohamed
Research Coordinator
International Centre for Environment, Development and Operational Research (ENDEVOR)
Panel Speaker
Dr. Dheeba Moosa
Dean, Centre for Research and Publications
Islamic University of Maldives
Panel Speaker
Dr. Abdul Hannan Waheed
Chief Executive Officer
TIVET Authority
Emerging opportunities for new entrepreneurs
Moderator
Ibrahim Firushan
General Manager
Ayady Takaful, Islamic window, (Allied Insurance Company)
Panel Speaker
Dr. Hussain Sunny Umar
Chief Operating Officer
Maldives Getaways
Panel Speaker
Athif Shukooru
Managing Director
United Food Suppliers
Panel Speaker
Hamid Sodique
Chief Executive Officer
SJS Consulting
Impact of Technology on Healthy Lifestyle
Moderator
Dr. Fathmath Nazla
Medical Officer
Health Protection Agency
Panel Speaker
Mr. Hussain Rasheed
Minister of State for Health
Ministry of Health
Panel Speaker
Mr. Ahmed Afaal
Managing Director
ADK Hospital Pvt. Ltd
Panel Speaker
Dr. Ali Nazeem
Medical Director
Indira Gandhi memorial Hospital
Good Governance, key to a better society
Moderator
Ibrahim Waheed
Consultant and Former Member
Elections Commission
Panel Speaker
Dr. Simad Saeed
Managing Director
CDE Consulting
Panel Speaker
Dr. Abdulla Shiham
Chief Executive Officer
RKL Group Pvt. Ltd
Panel Speaker
Ali Ashraf
Managing Director
Build Craft Pvt. Ltd
Protecting the rights of expatriate workers and recognizing their contributions to the society
Moderator
Ibrahim Moosa
Human Resource Director
Villa Group of Companies, Maldives
Panel Speaker
Ahmed Tholal
Former Vice President
Human Rights Commission of the Maldives
Panel Speaker
Mariyam Nazima
Former President
Employment Tribunal of Maldives
Panel Speaker
Ali Adam
Human Resource Manager
Universal Groups of Companies
Panel Speaker
Ahid Rasheed
Senior Project Coordinator
Transparency Maldives
Panel Speaker
Ali Waheed
advocate
Migrant worker rights

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Photo Gallery

Accommodation

Airport Beach Hotel

Rate: USD135.00 per day per room

Rivers Beach & Spa

Rate: USD 56.00 per night on double occupancy, room only basis

Hotel Lonuveli

Rate: special rate of USD96.00 inclusive of all taxes and service charges

Fortune Villa

Rate: special rate of USD42.00 inclusive of all taxes and service charges

The Somerset Hotel

Rate per night: USD270

Marble Hotel

Rate per night: USD 77

Kam Hotel

Rate per night: USD 148

Central Hotel

Rate per night: USD 145

The rates quoted are special discounted rates for conference participants.

Airport Beach Hotel is located in Hulhumale just 4 km away from Male International Airport. This beachfront property welcomes guests with an outdoor swimming pool, free motorbike rentals and free Wi-Fi access. The property has a spa centre and a rooftop spa bath. Rooms are bright, comfortable and cooled with air conditioning. Enjoying sea views, all the rooms also come with a private balcony and an en suite bathroom.

At Airport Beach Hotel, you will find free shuttle services, a gift shop and a 24-hour front desk. Various activities including table-tennis, diving, snorkeling and windsurfing can be enjoyed on-site. Other facilities include a hot tub and pampering spa treatments. An array of Western, Italian and Asian cuisines can be enjoyed at the in-house restaurants. Barbequed meals are available upon request.

Website: http://airportbeachhotel.com/

Email: hugo.mendis@thehawks.biz

Contact Number: 9607950494

The rates quoted are special discounted rates for conference participants.

This guesthouse is within close proximity of Full Moon Beach and Victory Wreck Dive Site.Make yourself at home in one of the 6 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include desks and complimentary bottled water, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Take in the views from a rooftop terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/cafe. Or stay in and take advantage of the guesthouse's room service (during limited hours).

Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.

Website: http://www.rivers.mv/

Email: info@rivers.mv

Contact Number: 9609111101

The rates quoted are special discounted rates for conference participants.

THotel Lonuveli is all about beaches, sea, sand and the sun. We are literally in front of the sea. The warm feeling of the tropical ocean breeze is what we are offering. Your comfort and relaxation is our highest priority. An astonishing view of the ocean sun rise, beach and the clear lagoon are to be enjoyed with its serenity. We are just 15 minutes drive from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, 20 minutes by ferry from Capital Island Male' and a few steps away from the sandy beach & the crystal clear lagoon.

Activities

Night Fishing, Site Snorkeling, Sunset Cruise, Private Picnic, Island Hopping, Dolphin Safari, Local Island Tour, Big Game Fishing and many more

Website: http://lonuveli.com/

Email: booking@lonuveli.com

Contact Number: 9603350097

The rates quoted are special discounted rates for conference participants.

THotel Lonuveli is all about beaches, sea, sand and the sun. We are literally in front of the sea. The warm feeling of the tropical ocean breeze is what we are offering. Your comfort and relaxation is our highest priority. An astonishing view of the ocean sun rise, beach and the clear lagoon are to be enjoyed with its serenity. We are just 15 minutes drive from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, 20 minutes by ferry from Capital Island Male' and a few steps away from the sandy beach & the crystal clear lagoon.

Activities

Night Fishing, Site Snorkeling, Sunset Cruise, Private Picnic, Island Hopping, Dolphin Safari, Local Island Tour, Big Game Fishing and many more

Website: http://lonuveli.com/

Email: booking@lonuveli.com

Contact Number: 9603350097

The rates quoted are special discounted rates for conference participants.

Male's newest city-chic boutique hotel - The Somerset - is refreshingly hip, designed with is land sophistication in mind, and proudly personalized in both service and style.

A virtual personification of Male, The Somerset reflects the city's dynamic sightseeing, shopping and cafe culture, harmoniously juxtaposed with laid-back island life. Somerset guests can enjoy all the creature comforts expected of a top-class city hotel, authentically paired with unmistakably sunny Maldivian hospitality.

Perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy all that the bustling capital has to offer -whether city minded island hoppers, business travelers or transit tourists - the hotel is tucked away on a quiet street, yet conveniently located within walking distance to the boat jetties, local markets, cultural sights and vibrant restaurant and shopping scenes.

Somerset guests are invited on a cultural discovery; to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of Male while confident and comfortable with the hotel as a base. Here, a candy coloured city skyline meets azure waters and island vistas; humdrum city sounds are interspersed with the beat of lapping waterfront waves; and the aromas of local coffee and out-of-the-oven 'roshi' infuse with freshly caught fish and tropical fruit.

Website: http://thesomerset.com.mv

Email: reservations@thesomerset.com.mv

Contact Number: 960 333 3066

The rates quoted are special discounted rates for conference participants.

Offering a sun terrace, a diving center and a golf course, Marble Hotel Madives lies in a recreational area of Male near to Hukuru Miskiiy and Grand Friday Mosque. The unique hotel was built in 2007 and refurbished in 2011.

The city center is 1 km away from the hotel. Mulee Aage and Duniye Spa are located just 550 meters from the venue.

This property offers 30 rooms including Deluxe Spacious Suite, Super Deluxe Single Room and Super Deluxe Suite. Guests will enjoy a panoramic view of the sea. All bathrooms come with a hairdryer, bath sheets and free toiletries.

Breakfast is served in the restaurant each morning. A fine selection of international dishes is served at the full service restaurant. The comfortable cafe bar features free Wi-Fi, billiards and karaoke. Guests can dine in Marble Cafe and Pizza Buona located within a 5-minute walk of the property.

Male International airport can be reached in 5 minutes by car from Marble Hotel Madives.

Marble Hotel Madives provides a conference room, a copier and a video projector along with 24-hour security, newspaper service and free shuttle bus service.

Cots and a game room are available for guests with children. Guests may choose from a gym and bicycles as well as canoeing, surfing and windsurfing to spend their time actively.

Website: http://www.marble.mv/

Email: reservations@marble.mv

Contact Number: 960 330-2678

The rates quoted are special discounted rates for conference participants.

Kam Hotel is a 3-star excellent property offering a comfortable accommodation steps away from Hukuru Miskiiy, Mulee Aage and Grand Friday Mosque.

The city center is 1 km away from the hotel. The hotel is placed 15 minutes' walk from Duniye Spa.

All rooms in Kam Hotel are fitted with satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, ironing facilities, a balcony and individual climate control. The guestrooms feature marble floor and wooden furnishing.

Every morning at the restaurant guests may enjoy buffet breakfast. The property offers an 24-hour restaurant serving international cuisine. Guests can dine in Ocean Breeze and Jade Bistro located within a 5-minute walk of the property.

Male International airport can be reached in 5 minutes by car from Kam Hotel.

Website: http://kam.com.mv/

Email: reservations@kam.com.mv

Contact Number: 960 332-0611

The rates quoted are special discounted rates for conference participants.

Champa Central Hotel is a new 4 Star hotel conveniently located in the center of Male'. Good quality and affordable rates make it a popular choice for leisure and business travelers.It is a short walk to the main shopping area and such popular tourist attractions as the National Museum, Parliament Building and Old Friday Mosque.

Choose an Executive, Deluxe or Superior Room with comfortable amenities and Free WiFi. Enjoy the buffet breakfast or a' la carte menu for lunch and dinner in the Farivalhu Restaurant, Room Service and Take Away, the Ala Restaurant and Roof Top Restaurant.

Enjoy a sightseeing tour, water sports excursion and the weekly entertainment program. Use the Business Center, workout in the 9th floor Fitness Center.Champa Central Hotel is the preferred venue for meeting space and banquets.Managed by Crown & Champa Resorts

Website: http://www.champacentralhotel.com/

Email: reservations@champacentralhotel.com

Contact Number: 960 3317766

About Maldives

  • Important Informations
  • Attractions in Maldives

Key information

Location: The chain of islands sits astride the equator, south of India and west of Sri Lanka, extending 823 km (511 mi) but occupying an area of just 300 sq km.

Geography: 1,190 islands divided into 26 major atolls. 202 of these islands are inhabited while 107 are used as private resort islands

Climate: Generally warm and humid with year round sunshine. Average temperature of around 27 degrees Celsius.

Population: approximately 341,356 as per 2014 Census Report.

Local time: GMT + 5 hours (DST)/ GMT+4 hours (BST)

Business hours: From Sunday to Thursday 0800 to 1500 hours in the government sector with some private organization working less or more than these hours. Fridays and Saturdays usually are the weekend in the Maldives.

Visa

Participants attending conference are required to obtain business visa as per the Immigration rules of the Maldives

Currency

The official currency in Maldives is: Maldivian Ruffiya (MVR). Foreign currencies can be changed for MVR at banks and airports. The exchange rate is approximately 15.42 = USD1.

Banking hours

Banks are opened from 08:00-14:00, Sunday through Thursday and ATM Machine service in Maldives usually operate for 24 hrs.

Major Credit Cards and Travellers' Cheques

Major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, and American Express) are accepted by hotels, restaurants and in almost all department stores, supermarkets and hospital. Travellers' checks are not widely accepted.

Local time

Standard Maldives Time is 5 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+5).

Travel from Hotel to the Conference Venue - Villa College

Participants may take taxi service to travel from hotel to the conference venue. Travel assistance will be arranged by the conference organizer. Estimated Fare: MVR 30.84 ($2).
Authorized Taxi Centers in Male' include:
DIAL CAB TRANSPORT SERVICE 332 3132
RASAL TAXI SERVICE 332 9292
KULEEDHUVELI 332 2122
NEW TAXI SERVICE 332 5757
LOYAL TAXI SERVICE 332 5656
REGAL TAXI SERVICE 332 5533
FINE TAXI SERVICE 332 8998
J R TAXI SERVICE 332 1919

Hospital and Medical Assistance

Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and ADK Hospital are two of the larger hospitals which is open 24 hrs for locals and tourists. It has doctors and nursing staff that are be able to communicate in English.

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