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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 Guideline

   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 abstract body. Any authors’ information within 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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Poster Guideline

  •    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 1/2 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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Paper Guideline

  •    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 formatted styles other than bullets where required for lists.
  •     We will apply all other styles when the paper is typeset.
  •     The paper should not exceed A4 size 15 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.
  •     Downlaod 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, 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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 A Simple Understanding of Intellect Awakening and Innovation

Dr. Christine Sabieh
Notre Dame University

Keynote Address Abstract:
Understanding the concept of innovation and what Sabieh calls her effective Teaching/Learning equation leads to a road that enables the intellect to be awakened if and only if confidence is the key player in the formula. Sabieh will allude to diversities in teaching methodologies, will address learning needs and styles, will question role changes to promote learning centering, and will identify tool presence and usage and resource richness and availability, striving for creativity in activity planning, and assessing alternative to measure the learning. Innovation inspired, indeed. Students and learning spaces considered, definitely. Intellect awakened, hopefully!

Through her teaching, administrative posts, teacher-training, and research, Dr. Christine Sabieh, a Professor at Notre Dame University, keeps up her interest in Educational Psychology, Language Teaching and Assessment, Educational Technology, Leadership and Management, and Professional Development. Her current research includes OER, Assessment, PBL, CBL, Blended and flipped Classrooms, Distance Learning, ESP, and Teacher Training. An advocate of CALL, she is a Certified On-Line Instructor/Trainer. She has served the Lebanese Psychological Association (Founding member & President for five years), ASIACALL (President for five years), TESOL (CALL-IS Steering Committee for six years), TESOLArabia (as contributor to activities, publications, Testing SIG member-at-large), and AACE (SITE, E-Learn, EdMedia &Global). Dr. Sabieh is TESOL’s CALL-IS Chair for 2018-2019.

   Registration Fees
   Early Bird Registration (By 18th July 2018)
   Normal : US$ 100
   Local and work permit holders : MVR 500
   Students: MVR 250

   Regular Registration (By 5th September 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 program and book of abstracts
   Lunch, Coffee/tea during the breaks


 Panel Discussion Themes

Research and Education
Business and Economy
Environment and Sustainability

 Exploitation and Abuse of Fishers in the Global Fishing Industry

Dr. Azmath Jaleel
Researcher at Cardiff University
Consultant to Seafarers’ Rights International, London

Keynote Address Abstract:
There are about sixteen and a half million fishers globally. While the majority are small scale fishers (SSF), about 1.5 million are engaged in distant water fishery (DWF). This study looks at the plights of these fishers due to ever increasing efforts for harvesting dwindling resources of fish stocks. While much of the findings is based on the book ‘Fishers and Plunderers: Theft, Slavery and Violence at Sea’, it is also based on additional literature review and subsequent fieldwork in the Asian region, which includes discussions with fishers and other stakeholder. It is evident that fishers from both (SSF and DWF) sectors are abused and marginalised. While states lease out their seas to foreign vessels for a royalty at the expense of the SSF and the small industries they support ashore, in the DWF sector, unscrupulous ship-owners in their relentless pursuit of depleting stocks in a highly competitive industry, resort to inhumane practices of trafficking and enslaving migrant workers and subjecting them to extreme living and working conditions leading to violence deaths and murders. The contesting claims for overlapping Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) by states further aggravates the problem by using fishers as pawns towards legitimising their territorial claims, leading to arrests of fishers. The existing international, regional and national laws, agreements and guidelines are often disregarded adding to the woes of the fishers. It is evident that there is a strong link between depletion fish stocks and the abuse of fishers. Governments, NGOs and the general public need to play their part towards mitigating the prevailing conditions of the fishers and thus also help towards the sustainability of fish stocks.
Dr Azmath Jaleel is a researcher at Cardiff University and a consultant to Seafarers’ Rights International, London. His research interests include maritime and marine management with focus on the welfare and human rights of people working at sea. He has a PhD. in maritime transport policy from Cardiff University, MSc. in Shipping Management from the World Maritime University, Technical Diploma in Marine Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic, and is a Class 1 Marine Engineer and Chartered Marine Technologist. He has sea-going experience and has also worked in maritime administration where he was responsible for seafarers’ education, training and licensing, as well as carrying out statutory surveys of ships including PSC inspections. Dr Jaleel has provided consultancy services to a number of organisations including the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission on maritime and marine environment related projects, and has published academic papers and made contributions to books. He has also made keynote presentations in international conferences and seminars in several Asian countries and also in Europe.

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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Villa College, VC QI Campus, RahDhebai Hingun, 20373, Male', Maldives.

Phone Number

+960 3303 200