Connect-US Conference





Connect-Us Conference (CuC) is an international conference organised by the Swiss–ASEAN Learning and Teaching (SALT), a registered not-for-profit association, which aims to promote the sharing of diverse research works, teaching and learning practices among academics and practitioners worldwide, specifically in the field of sustainable development. 


CuC aims to gather academics, researchers, scientists, community development practitioners, policymakers, youth groups, and all stakeholders to deliberate on issues and challenges affecting the sustainable development of society. Furthermore, it seeks to document approaches, practices, policies and strategies utilised in various levels and contexts to address and attain the development goals.


Organised once every two years starting in 2017, CuC aims to highlight the chronic issues confronting everyone in the world today: ranging from globalisation, climate change, effects of urbanisation, poverty, access to education, health and malnutrition, pollution, environmental degradation, and many more, which threaten the well-being of society and our future generations. Notably, SALT recognises that societal problems which remain unchecked and unmanaged can weaken, threaten, or even destroy society. It is deemed timely to continuously raise the awareness and involvement of stakeholders, experts and strategists on the importance and urgency of sharing, contributing knowledge in sustaining inclusive development of society.


The third Connect-Us Conference is scheduled on November 29, 2021 hosted by San Beda University, Philippines.



Conference Theme of the third Connect-Us Conference (2021)



General Theme:


Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-COVID World


The economic and public health challenges and policy responses created by COVID-19 have severely affected economic activities in most countries around the globe. The pandemic has been expected to plunge economies into recession in 2020, with per capita income contracting in the largest fraction of countries globally since 1870. The World Bank forecasts poverty to increase across developing East Asia excluding China for the first time in 20 years. The outlook for the unemployed in some sectors, tourism, looks especially bleak. The economic and social crises triggered by COVID-19 have added to the challenges of the immediate health crisis.

Therefore, it will be important to find ways for a post-pandemic recovery. But there are a lot of issues that go beyond these short-term effects. Crises like the COVID-19-pandemics also offer windows of opportunity for promoting new ways of doing business and facilitate sustainability transitions across the globe. Hence, submission of papers in any of the three sub-themes to present challenges and solutions to problems caused or stimulated by COVID-19 in the fields of economics, management, business, sustainable development, and education are most welcome.



1. Moving Forward: Learning and Teaching beyond Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way learning and teaching activities are and should be conducted, including the way we think about how learning and teaching can and should take place. There are many issues that need to be tackled, and opportunities to be identified and novel ways to be developed for learning and teaching. Universities around the world are experimenting to find out the best innovative and appropriate ways of conducting learning and teaching activities. In this sub-theme, we call for papers that explore various ways in which learning and teaching activities can be done post COVID-19.


Aspects that can fall into this sub-theme include (but not limited to):


  • Cross-cultural learning

  • Learner autonomy (synchronous vs. asynchronous learning and teaching)

  • Challenges and innovations of Instructors online delivery

  • Challenges and innovations of Online assessments

  • Challenges and innovations in institutional management

  • Soft skills development through online learning

  • Learnings that influence the future

  • Collaborative online, international learning and teaching modalities

  • Additional aspects


In addition to empirical works on learning and teaching activities, we also welcome theoretical works and case studies that explore alternatives to the traditional way of learning and teaching.


2. Realigning Sustainable Development Goals Beyond Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in crisis in various parts of the world and has brought challenges to committed countries implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving the development target in 2030 is a challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges faced by the pandemic include three pillars, namely economic, social, and environmental. For the first time, global poverty rates have soared drastically in decades. The existence of a health crisis has turned into a social and economic crisis that has exacerbated many people's inequality and vulnerability. Another challenge faced in achieving SDG4, which is "Quality Education" due to COVID-19. UNESCO recently warned that only half of the students would return to school. The risk of dropping out of school and a decline in the quality of learning due to digital divide and economic factor is one of the main barriers to education. The UN points out that there is still reason for optimism as the pandemic offers an opportunity to accelerate change. SDGs must be considered as the whole community's guiding framework, including the government, the business sector, and society. The world is forced to cope with the corona virus, which continually changes and brings about increasing uncertainty. How do we accelerate effective sustainable development in a pandemic era and beyond?


We call for papers that explore the relevant topic areas to aligning SDGs during the COVID-19 for sustainable development:


  • Aligning SME Business Practices with the SDGs

  • Practice of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

  • Inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all

  • Poverty, Hunger, and Inequality

  • Female Leadership Efficiency 

  • Renewable and Clean Energy for SDGs


3. Redesigning Business During the Pandemic and Beyond


COVID-19 has affected people and the economy. Physical distancing, face masks, video conferencing, virtual events, remote work, and e-commerce transactions are reshaping business and the environment of work. Along with this redesign of business, comes a change in the mindset that allows people to view, for example remote work or virtual meetings as a new normal rather than an occasional opportunity. Although the "new normals" provide opportunities for business and different stakeholders, they also cause uncertainty and fear. 

For example, remote work in a business landscape could be a consideration with the traditional ideas of how people work, as the normal eight hour-work day might gradually be replaced with other options and alternatives. Work and leisure, which are likely to blend in a new fashion, will increase individual freedom and flexibility about where, when and how people work. Increased freedom and flexibility may positively affect people’s intrinsic motivation, as they can work more effectively according to their preferences. However, at the same time, people also seem to fear this “new normal”, because they are afraid of work overload and stress.


The session under this sub-theme invites contributions, which critically discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the "new normals" in a Post-COVID World.  We invite contributions in the fields of business administration and economics, but contributions from other social sciences are also highly welcomed. Papers could, for example, focus on the following topics:


  • New strategies to cope with the impacts of the pandemic

  • The pandemic and digital transformation

  • New business models as a result of the pandemic

  • International supply chains after the pandemic

  • Experiences with “new normals” in different industries

  • New policy environment in a Post-COVID World.



Date and Venue of Connect-Us Conference 2021



November 29, 2021


San Beda University

638 Mendiola Street

San Miguel, Manila

1005 Metro Manila



Deadline of Submission


 Deadline of Abstract Submission

 May 15, 2021

 Announcement of Abstract Acceptance

 June 30, 2021

 Deadline of Full Paper Submission

 August 15, 2021

 Announcement of Full Paper Acceptance

 September 30, 2021

 Deadline of Registration

 October 15, 2021


Conference Registration Fees



Paper / Poster Presentation

Participant / Listener

Virtual  Conference

 Early Bird

USD 200

USD 150

USD 50

 Normal Registration

USD 250

USD 200

USD 50

 Late Registration

USD 300

USD 250

USD 50


USD 150

USD 100

USD 25


Registration fee (if physical or face-to-face conference is possible) include:


  • Abstract to be included in printed conference programme book and full paper to be published in e-proceedings

  • Certificate of Participation

  • Printed conference programme book

  • Refreshments


Registration fee for a virtual conference will include:


  • Abstract and Full Paper to be published in e-proceedings

  • Certificate of Participation



  • At least one author from each accepted submission must have registered to attend the Connect-Us Conference on or before the deadline for registration.

  • Registration fee is only for one author. The conference Certificate of Participation will be prepared and printed only for the person who has paid the conference fee.

  • If two (or more) authors submit only one paper and physically attend the conference together, a fee for each participant must be paid.

  • If two papers or more, by the same author(s) are accepted for presentation, a fee for each paper must be paid separately.

  • If co-authors submit only one paper and only one of these authors participate, only a fee for one participant must be paid.

  • Once payment of registration fees is made, no refund is possible.


Abstract Submission


  1. The deadline of abstract submission is May 15, 2021.

  2. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Abstracts should be self-contained and citation-free. Abstracts should state the purpose, approach, results and conclusions of the work. Thus, an abstract should be intelligible and complete in itself (no numerical references). Please refer to the template on the conference website.

  3. Authors should submit their abstract electronically through the CuC 2021 online submission system.

  4. Submitted abstracts will go through a double-blind review and the decision of the Scientific Committee will be sent to the author(s) by June 30, 2021.

  5. Reviewers will consider the quality of ideas, methodology, (potential) theoretical contribution, clarity of presentation and potential interest to other participants.

Full Paper Submission


  1. Authors of accepted abstracts must submit a Full Paper by August 15, 2021

  2. Full Papers should have maximum of 7 pages with a minimum of 3000 words.

  3. Full Papers must be written according to the corresponding template on the conference website. Please refer to the guidelines for Full Paper submission.

  4. Full papers will go through a double-blind review and the decision of the Scientific Committe will be sent to the author(s) by September 30, 2021. Reviewers will consider the quality of ideas, methodology, (potential) theoretical contribution, clarity of presentation, and potential interest to other participants.

  5. Full papers will be published in the e-proceedings of CuC 2021. Full Papers must not have been previously presented or scheduled for presentation at any other conference.

  6. Full Papers exceeding the maximum amount of pages stated in the conference guidelines are charged additional 30 USD per page.

Presentation and Publication


  1. Authors of accepted abstracts that have submitted their  full paper will present their work at the Connect-Us Conference 2021.

  2. At least one author must have registered to attend CuC 2021. Without at least one registered author, the abstract will be withdrawn, will not be included in the conference e-proceedings and will not be scheduled in the conference programme book for presentation. Withdrawn submissions will not be reinstated.

  3. All full papers of presenting authors will be included in the e-proceedings of CuC 2021, which will be issued with an ISBN number in electronic form.

Submission Link

The submission link for the third Connect-Us Conference is open from April 1, 2021.


Paper Presentation

Authors of full papers will be allocated 15 minutes (10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes discussion).

For physical conference, paper presentations will be scheduled for presentation in a room with a laptop, projector and screen. Each presenter has to bring his/her presentation on a memory stick, along with any hard copies for distribution if desired.

In case of a virtual conference, related instructions on links will be provided by October 2021.


Publication Opportunity

All presented papers will be included at the e-proceedings, which will be issued with an ISBN number in electronic form.

The authors will be given an opportunity after the conference to submit the revised version of their papers to a selection of journals for publication, subjected to journal review procedures and/or costs incurred. More details are communicated in due course.



Accepted papers are published in the e-proceedings of the third Connect-Us Conference.


Programme Schedule

The tentative programme will be published in July 2021.


Registration and Payment

The registration for the third Connect-Us Conference will start in July 2021.