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 pledges 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 second SALT CuC will take place on October 9 - 10, 2019 in Malaysia hosted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.


Conference Theme


General Theme:


Digital Transformation - Opportunities and Challenges


Digital Transformation will impact on business, government and on the society across the world. Technology will trigger completely new ways of connecting businesses and people. Interaction between different entities through digital channels and even automatically will create new opportunities but also new challenges. Everybody should profit from this change but the advantages and, possibly, drawbacks need careful discussion in order to translate digital transformation into progress. Technology as a driver must team up with business implementation and social action to foster progress and enhance welfare. Digital transformation must be a sustainable development in all its facets. The discussion will give special attention to Switzerland and the ASEAN countries without neglecting general and worldwide issues.

Calls for papers start on February 1, 2019 and are not limited to the following topics:


1. Education


Technological developments and digitalisation pose new requirements and expectations towards a changed employability and higher education. Hence, there is a need to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in real-world, problem-based, context-based higher education settings. Therefore, higher education institutions are expected to change their role and modus operandi by giving more importance to business models, learning designs, and regulations and the way they relate to the reality of digital transformation. The Education Track thus focuses on the transformation of the education practices and contents in order to prepare the students in their future lives in line with the 4th Industrial Revolution. Aspects of teaching and learning that explores into new approaches and processes of enhancing engagements with the community or beyond the educationsl institution are also deliberated.
Topics related to this track are:
  • Digital learning methods
  • Student-centered curriculum and program syllabus
  • Learning through community engagements
  • Learning through STEM Mentor-Mentee Programs
  • Holistic and interdisciplinary graduates

2. Business and Trade


The recent development in digital technologies and devices has significantly transformed the business, management and trade landscape globally. All the business and management func-tions are strongly influenced by the digital transformation. Therefore, this section aims at the discussions and research about the impact of digital transformation on business, management and trade. The contributions can be purely theoretical orientations or practical viewpoints that are for the global context or the specific contexts of Switzerland and/or ASEAN countries.
Topics related to this track are:
  • New business, management and trade models in the digital and internet era.
  • The impact of digital technologies and devices on changing management functions (e.g., marketing, financial and accounting, HR) of companies
  • How do customers search, analyse, and evaluate products/services in the era of digitalization? What are the benefits that digital technologies and devices bring to customers?
  • Applications and impacts of technologies and internet on international business and trade.

3. Innovation and Technology


Emergence of new technologies such as blockchain, data science and machine learning, artificial intelligence, human machine interfaces, robotics, and Internet of Things (IoT) have a dramatic impact on business processes and society. There is a need to gain deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges that these new technologies pose on industries, such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, agriculture, mobility, supply chain management and logistics. Innovation and technological development also requires developments of specific strategies and instruments to support these. Empirical, theoretical and conceptual papers, which address innovation and technology challenges, are welcome.
Topics related to this track are:
  • Internal and external barriers for innovation and technology, e.g. lack of personnel or lack of financial resources, and alternatives to overcome barriers.
  • Collaboration between industry, academic and government to foster innovation & in bringing basic research to full-scale commercialization (market-driven products).
  • New models and experiences of transferring basic research to market
  • Fostering technology transfer - Technology transfer boundary conditions and how to foster technology transfer
  • Applications and impacts of new technologies on specific industries and/or regions

4. Society and Ethics


The ongoing process of digital transformation has led to intensive discussions among policy-makers, economists and industry leaders about its societal impact. As digital transformation affects society profoundly, concern is growing about how it is affecting issues such as jobs, wages, inequality, health, resource efficiency and security. The question is how can the digital transformation be geared in such a way to avoid negative impacts and contribute to sustainable development. 
Topics related to this track are:
  • Employment and human resources
  • Poverty, inequality and social cohesion
  • Digital divide within a society and world-wide
  • Security and Ethics
  • Environmental impact


5. Others


Other topics, which are related to digital transformation, but may fall into several or none of the tracks above, are also welcome.



Date and Venue



October 9 - 10, 2019


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra

54100 Kuala Lumpur



Deadline of Submission


 Deadline of Short Abstract Submission

May 15, 2019

 Announcement of Short Abstract Acceptance

May 31, 2019

 Deadline of Extended Abstract / Full Paper Submission

June 30, 2019

 Announcement of Extended Abstract / Full Paper Acceptance

August 15, 2019

 Deadline of Registration

August 31, 2019


Conference Fees



Paper/ Poster Presentation

Participant/ Listener

 Early Bird

 by August 15, 2019

USD 200


USD 150


 Normal Registration

 by August 31, 2019

USD 250


USD 200


 Late Registration

 until September 30, 2019

USD 300


USD 250



USD 150

USD 100


Conference fees include:

  • Your abstract to be included in printed conference programme book and full paper to be published in e-proceedings
  • Participation certificate
  • Printed conference programme book
  • Refreshments


  • At least one author from each accepted submission must have registered to attend the Connect-Us Conference by deadline for registration.
  • Registration fee is only for one author. The conference participation certificate 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.


Short Abstract Submission and Review

  1. Short abstract should be submitted by May 15, 2019.
  2. Short abstracts should not exceed 200 words. Short abstracts should be self-contained and citation-free. Short abstracts should state the purpose, approach, results and conclusions of the work. Thus, a short abstract should be intelligible and complete in it-self (no numerical references).
  3. Authors are kindly invited to submit their short abstract electronically through the CuC 2019 online submission system. We do not accept email submissions.
  4. At submission, authors must indicate their preference for oral presentation or poster presentation.
  5. Submitted short abstracts will be evaluated by blind reviewers and the decision of the Scientific Committee will be sent to the author(s) by May 31, 2019. Reviewers will be asked to consider the quality of ideas, methodology, (potential) theoretical contribution, clarity of presentation and potential interest to other participants.

Extended Abstract Submission or Full Paper

  1. Authors of accepted short abstracts must submit an extended abstract or a full paper by June 30, 2019.
  2. Extended abstracts should have 3 to 4 pages with a minimum of 1500 words. Extended abstracts will be pulished in the e-proceedings of CuC 2019. Extended abstracts must not have been previously presented, or scheduled for presentation at any other conference.
  3. Full papers should have maximum 7 pages with a minimum of 3000 words. Full papers are submitted to a Scopus-indexed journal, with additional costs incurred. Full papers will be evaluated by blind reviewers and the decision of the Publication Committee will be sent to the author(s) by August 15, 2019. Reviewers will be asked to consider the quality of idead, methodology, (potential) theoretical contibution, clarity of presentation, and potential interest to other participants.
  4. Both the extended abstracts and the full papers must be written according to the corresponding template on the conference website. All guidelines regarding the extended abstract and full paper submission can be found on the conference website.

Presentation and Publication

  1. Authors of accepted short abstract that have submitted their extended abstract or full paper will present their work at the Connect-Us Conference 2019. At least one author must have registered to attend CuC 2019 by August 31, 2019. 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.
  2. All extended abstracts of presenting authors (oral or poster) will be included in the e-proceedings of CuC 2019, which will be issued with an ISBN number in electronic form.
  3. For those authors that opted for a full paper publication only the short abstract will be included in the e-proceedings of CuC 2019. Accepted full papers will be published in a SCOPUS-indexed journal.

Poster Presentation

  1. For poster submission and presentation, an abstract must have been submitted and accepted.
  2. Abstract should be submitted by May 15, 2019. An abstract should not exceed 200 words.
  3. Accepted abstract for poster presentation must adhere to the following requirements:
     - Poster Size: A1
     - Poster stands will be provided
     - Poster presentation schedule will be published on CuC website
     - A sample of poster can be seen as follows:



Submission Link

Submission link for CuC 2019 is

The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59pm (GMT) on May 15, 2019.


Paper Presentation

An accepted extended abstract will be allocated 20 minutes (15 minutes presentation, 5 minutes discussion).

Extended abstracts will be scheduled for presentation in a room with a laptop, data projector and screen and you will need to bring your presentation with you to the conference on a memory stick, along with any hard copies of your paper and/or slides that you might wish to distribute.

The final upload of accepted extended abstract submissions will be included in the conference e-Proceedings if an author is in attendance to present it.


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 SCOPUS indexed journals for publication, subjected to journal review procedures and/or costs incurred.


E-proceeding Connect-Us Conference 2019

Accepted papers will be included in the E-proceeding similar to the following example of CuC2017: Accepted papers of the Connect-Us Conference 2017 .


Programme Schedule

The tentative programme is published on the conference website.


Registration and Payment

The registration form and payment instructions are available on the conference website.