Topic Area

  • Foreign Language Teaching in the Asian Contexts
  • Dynamics in Asian Societies
  • Fine Arts in Asia
  • Modern Asian Literatures
  • Pop and Digital Culture in Asia
  • Indigenous Languages in Asia
  • Socio-cultural-based Education in Asia
  • Multicultural Education in Asia
  • Environmental Issues in Asia
  • ICT-based Education in the Asian Contexts
  • Early Childhood Education in Asia
  • Educational Governance in the Asian Contexts



          Asian societies are not only unique in socio-economic structure, but also rich in linguistic and cultural diversities. Those diversities are prospective to enrich the understanding of multi-dimensional and multi-layered character of Asian societies. The understanding would bring people in the continent together and enable them to become global citizens through the diversities that Asians have. Moreover, to research, explore and reflect on Asian diversities as ways in cultivating and casting the diversities would enhance our understanding of who we are and what we have. The deeper and better understanding of who we are leads to strategies for the empowerment of the Asians.
          This conference, therefore, invites practitioners, researchers, students, and teachers to identify and discuss various aspects of languages, cultures and societies in Asia. The main focus of this conference is Asian diversities and ways to cultivate and cast the diversities to enable the Asians to live and strategically take roles in globalized civilization.

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About UM

     On October 18, 1954, Prof. Mr. Muhammad Yamin, the former Minister of Education and Culture, officially inaugurated PerguruanTinggiPendidikan Guru (PTPG Malang), or Teacher Education College. The historical event marked the genesis of the present-day State University of Malang (UM), one of the oldest universities in Indonesia. The nascent institution started with 5 departments that housed 127 students and 37 lecturers.

     The founding of another university in East Java, Unair (UniversitasAirlangga) on November 10, 1954, brought about some important consequences to the status of PTPG Malang. Since then, PTPG Malang merged with Unair and became one of the university’s four faculties. It was not until four years later that the status change was officially declared, whereby, PTPG Malang became Faculty of Teacher Training and Education of Airlangga University (FakultasKeguruandanIlmuPendidikan, FKIP Unair). In 1963, FKIP Unair was converted into an independent institution, namely Institute of Teacher and Training and Education (InstitutKeguruandanIlmuPendidikan Malang, or better known as IKIP Malang)


     The year 1999 marked yet another important change to the institution’s status, where IKIP Malang obtained a greater mandate and was transformed into UniversitasNegeri Malang, UM. Presently, UM has eight faculties and one Post Graduate: Faculty of Education, Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Sport Science, Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Educational Psychology, and Post Graduate.