Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya,
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya,
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya.
(Brhihadaranyaka Upanisad, I.iii.28).
“Lead me from Delusion to Truth, from Ignorance to Knowledge, from Death to Immortality,” such is one of the wise words held highly by Balinese and believed in by all scholars who fathom how important research and knowledge are for the improvement of humanity. With this spirit, Ganesha University of Education as the leading university of education in Bali, organized the 2nd International Conference on Innovative Research Across Discipline (ICIRAD) on August 26, 2017. Moving away from the general coverage of the its preceding conference, the 2nd ICIRAD was focused on Education and how innovation in social sciences, second language acquisition, literature, art, technology, counseling, and sport are incorporated in education and teachers’ training as a response toward globalization.
Famous for its sunrise beach, Grand Inna Bali Beach was chosen as the venue to host more than 100 presenters from five different countries, namely Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Australia, and France. The committee received 67 submissions of full papers and accepted 53 articles to be included in this proceeding. All submissions underwent double blind peer reviews, under which each paper was reviewed by at least 2 different reviewers. The pinnacle of the 2nd ICIRAD was the presence of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia, Prof. H. Muhammad Nasir, Ph.D. and the President of Université de la Rochelle, France, Prof. Jean-Marc Ogier as the keynote speakers. The conference was adorned by 3 panelists from 3 different countries: Dr. Pariwate Varnakovida from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand; Dr.rer.nat. I Wayan Karyasa, M.Sc. from Ganesha University of Education, Indonesia; and Dr. Phillipe Grangé, from Université de la Rochelle, France.
The conference directed its attention toward the inclusion of state of the art technology and educational innovation into curriculum in schools and higher education. This is one of the core roles of university with the greatest ripple effects, in which the innovation does not stop within the ivory tower of the university but it reaches out to the students, who become the direct target of these innovations. It was another baby step taken by The Centre for Research and Community Service of Ganesha University of Education that is hoped to keep improving with the contributions from more experts and scholars across disciplines and across the world so we all can take part in the development of humanity through knowledge.
The Organizing Committee of ICIRAD 2017