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 in various ways, 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, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Pakistan, Nepal, the Maldives, Eritrean, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, 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 Institutions

June 26-30, 2019

Moral Education and Cross-Cultural Understanding

Ganesha University of Education (UNDIKSHA), Bali, Indonesia

April 26-30, 2018

Moral Education: Conflicting Values and Common Ground

Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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:

Maosen LI, Chair, Renmin University of 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

Hongyan CHENG, China

Adsina Fibra IBRAHIM, Indonesia

Caiping SUN, Nanjing Normal University, China

Meiyao WU, Taiwan

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 2020 conference, hosted by Joetsu University of Education, Japan. In June of 2020 the APNME conference will travel to Japan 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 Joetsu University of Education, Japan’s Local Organizing Committee, the Program Committee, and the APNME Committee. The Members of the Conference Committee are listed on the Organizing Committees page.

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