About APNME and the Conference

About the APNME

The Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education ("APNME") brings together educators from various disciplines to engage in in-depth discussions and dialogues, exchanging ideas and sharing their perspectives on all areas of ethical and moral education, values education and citizenship education.

As a non-profit organization with a formal constitution, the APNME aims to foster collaborative relationships among its members for the advancement of moral education and research in the region. It does this both formally, during its annual conference, and informally, through ongoing exchanges throughout the year. It also actively seeks to involve young researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of moral education and moral development and to support them, including by presenting its Annual Best Poster Prize for the best poster at its annual conference.

From small, informal beginnings in 2006, the APNME has grown into a formal network of educators who are either located in the Asia-Pacific region or have a special interest in or connection with this region. Membership is open to interested educators and the APNME currently has members from Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Africa, the UK and the USA.

Each year, the APNME Committee invites a country in the region to host the APNME Annual Conference. Previous conferences have been held in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Australia. APNME conferences aim to provide a forum for professional educators or scholars who have an interest in moral education and/or moral development, and are committed to its advancement in the region and globally. During its conferences the APNME encourages open debate, and discussions which are aimed at identifying and reflecting on any issues related to moral, ethical or citizenship education. It motivates its members to address moral issues faced by both educators and students.

Previous Conferences

Conference Themes
Local Host Institution
April 21-24, 2017 Establishing Values-Based Learning Environments: A Whole-School Approach to Moral Education Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China
December 4-7, 2015 Shaping Educational Landscapes that Foster Moral Values in the Asia-Pacific Region University of Sydney, Australia
October 24-27, 2014 Making Moral Education Work: Tradition and Innovation in the Asia-Pacific Fudan University, Shanghai, China
June 26-30, 2013 Learning from Diversity and Commonality: Ways Forward for Moral Education in the Asia-Pacific. Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia
June 15-17, 2012 Research and Practice in Moral Education: Reflection, Dialogue, Interaction Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
October 24-28, 2011 Cultivating Morality: Human Beings, Nature and the World Nanjing Normal University, China
June 11-13, 2010 Moral Education in Asia’s Globalizing Societies: Concepts and Practices Nagasaki University, Japan
May 22-24, 2009 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Education Seoul National University, Korea
April 18-21, 2008 Moral Education and Citizenship Education: Making Locally Relevant Choices in a Globalizing World Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
May 12-13, 2007 Learning from Each Other Sun Yat-Sen University, China
October 28-29, 2006 Study Meeting on Moral Education in Asian Countries Reitaku University, Kashiwa, Japan

The APNME is managed by an elected Committee, which at present comprises:

Meiyao WU, Chairperson, Taiwan
Maosen LI, Deputy-Chair, China
Qian ZHANG, Secretary, China
Mei-Yee WONG, Treasurer, Hong Kong
Kun ASTUTI, Indonesia
Jiyoung CHOI, Korea
Shaogang YANG, China
Yasunari HAYASHI, Japan
Jianjin LIU, China
Maria Riza L. BONDAL, the Philippines
Hongyan CHENG, China
Adsina Fibra IBRAHIM, Indonesia

The APNME also has an Honorary President (a non-executive position), who is currently Monica TAYLOR (the UK), Former Editor (1975-2011) of the Journal of Moral Education. In addition, Chris DRAKE (Hong Kong) and Nobumichi IWASA (Japan) serve on the Advisory Board.

The APNME is delighted to be holding its 2018 conference, hosted by National Kaohsiung Normal University, in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. While the Chinese society has been rapidly modernizing, Taiwan has tried to preserve the traditional Chinese culture and Confucian ethics. In April of 2018 the APNME conference will travel to Taiwan in order to bring together participants from around the world, and in particular from East Asia, so that they may engage in fruitful dialogues with local, regional and international scholars on moral-educational issues.

The conference is being organized by a Conference Committee whose members represent National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan’s Local Organizing Committee, the Program Committee, and the APNME Committee. The Members of the Conference Committee are listed on the Organising Committees page.

For more information about the APNME and its previous conferences, please visit the APNME website.