Organised by:

Social Work Program,
Faculty of Psychology and Education,
Universiti Malaysia Sabah

In Partnership with:

Background of Symposium

Borneo International Social Work Symposium (BISWS) 2017 is the first symposium organized by the Social Work Program, Faculty of Psychology and Education, UMS. The BISWS will be held at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Malaysia is a multicultural country of which the population is made up by different types of ethnic groups that included Malays, Chinese, Indian and the Native. State of Sabah as part of Malaysia is a multicultural society with more than 40 ethnics and other subethnic groups. With diverse cultures, languages, customs, norms and conventions represents new and different challenges for social work practitioners. One of the challenges is that to examine the experience of working with clients from diverse backgrounds, cultures and nationalities and how social workers responded to the challenges that they facing. It is agreed that social work promotes interpersonal relationships that sensitive to ethnic background, human services and social work practices at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels. Issues of races, cultures, ethnicities, social classes, gender, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability status, religions, regions and national origins that can be used to distinguished groups of people are quite important in social work practices. Thus, historical and cultural experiences in shaping the current reality of the client must well understood by social workers.

Social work had long and extensive experience in relation to the issues associated with diversity and multiculturalism. While the arguments for and against acceptance of multiculturalism as an organizing and systemic principle for our society continues to be debated, social work values diversity and promotes cultural competence as one of the important social work tools. The profession has been taught to understand and respect various cultures, and provide culturally relevant programs and services.

Theme and Subtheme



A) Social work Education

  • Knowledge, skills and values of social work
  • Social work research on practice and education
  • Dimension in social work education
  • New methods in teaching social work
  • Cultural competence
  • Teaching social work in multicultural society

B) Social services and social policies

  • Management of social services
  • Social policy practices
  • Organization and institutionalization of social services
  • Volunteerism
  • Policy based culture

C) Indigenous social work

  • Religion and social work
  • Local wisdom and social work
  • Culture, language and social work
  • Spirituality and social work
  • Social capital and social work

D) Vulnerable groups

  • Poverty
  • Health and Mental Health
  • Violence
  • Child Welfare
  • Disability
  • Women rights
  • Gender issues
  • Aging
  • Family problems
  • Migration
  • Disasters

E) Other subtheme related to social work

Abstract and Full paper acceptences


BISWS 2017 Registration

Participant/Student (Local)
Presenter (Local)
Presenter ASEAN delegates
Presenter (International)
Participant/Student (International)

Abstract Submission Close

Full paper Submission

Fees and Payment

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Registration Fee Schedule

Participant/Student (Local and ASEAN)*RM 200
Presenter (Local and ASEAN)*RM 250
Presenter (ASEAN delegates)*RM 250
Presenter (International)*USD 150
Participant/Student (International)*USD 100

* Registration fees include GST


1st Speaker

Internationalization & Indigenization of Social Work Education and Practice in Asia Pacific

Professor Dr. Tatsuru Akimoto

Director Asian Research Institute for International Social Work (ARIISW)
Daiganji-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City, Chiba, 260-8701

Prof Tatsuru Akimoto, Professor & Director of Asian Research Institute for International Social Work, Shukutoku University, Ciba, Japan. He graduate DSW from New York City University (1989). Professor Emeritus at Japan Women's University and also in Japan College of Social Work. Professor Tatsuru is previously serve as President of Asia and Pacific Social Work Education (APASWE), Vice President of International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

He have long experience in social work education and practice such as working for United Nations ILO (International Labor Organization, Bangkok) poverty improvement, employment promotion specialty officer. He have a domain specialized in interest: Labor social work (worker welfare theory), international social work (global community welfare theory), Buddhism social work, multiculturalism and indigenization of social work

2nd Speaker

Multiculturalism, Cultural Competency, and Social Work Practice in Asia and Pacific

Professor Dr. Choi Wongyu

Dean, College of Social Science
Professor, Department of Social Welfare,
Chonbuk National University 567 Baekje-daero,
jin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 54896
Republic of Korea

Prof Choi Wongyu is Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, South Korea. Previously he is Vice President of CBNU. He is graduate PhD from Seoul National University.

He have major experience in social work history, social welfare service, international collaboration, volunteerism, cultural competency and social work in multicultural society

Workshop Speaker

Using Genogram in Clinical Social Work Practice

Udhia Kumar Mukaya

Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities
(THKMC)-Tanjong Pagar Family Service Center
1 North Bridge Road #03-33
High Street Centre Singapore 179094

Udhia Kumar well known as professional social worker in Singapore and Asia and Pacific. He graduate in Psychology (1994) dan Social Work (1995) from Singapore National University. He also have trained from Swinburn University of Technology, Milwaukee Brief Family Therapy Center, Clinical Supervision from NUS.

As practitioner, he also teaching and supervision for social work student field practicum. He is very active sharing his knowledge, skill and experience to social work communities and published a book Social Work Supervisor Manual (2001)

Program's tentative

1st Day Symposium
12 October 2017 (Thursday)

7.30am:Registration of Participant/ Breakfast
9.00am - 10.00am:Opening Ceremony
10.00am - 12.00am:Keynote Speeches ( 2 Speaker Panel)
1.00pm:Lunch Break
2.30pm:Concurrent Plenary 1

4.30pm:Tea Break/ closing ceremony

International Workshop
13 October 2017 (Friday)

8.00am - 5.00pm:International Workshop

Clinical trip (Optional)
14 October 2017 (Saturday)

9.00am - 12.00am:Clinical trip at Kota Kinabalu (NGO agency).
2.00pm - 5.00pm:Field trip to Rural community area (Kg. Mesilou ~ Mount Kinabalu)
5.00pm:Return back to Kota Kinabalu


The Symposium committee does not provide accommodation. However there are plenty of accommodations very close to the symposium location with an affordable price;

TB-00-01, 1Borneo Hypermall Jalan UMS,
88450, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia.
Facsimile: +6088 529 889
Email: info@theklaganregency.com

+6088 529 888

1Borneo, Jalan Sulaman, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

+60 88-528 222

TA-00-01, 1Borneo Hypermall,
Jalan UMS, 88450 Kota Kinabalu,Sabah, Malaysia.
Fax      : +60 (0)88 526 889
Email   :
info@grandborneohotel.com (general enquiries)
bookings@grandborenohotel.com (reservations)
Website: http://www.grandborneohotel.com

+60 88-526 888

1Borneo Hypermall, Jalan UMS, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

+60 88-447 680

WD-0-3A, Wisma 1Sulaman, Jalan Sulaman, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88400

H48, Lorong Kingfisher Sulaman 2, Taman Kingfisher Sulaman, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88450

* Alternatively, you can visit Sabah Tourism Website

Symposium Committee
Borneo international social work symposium (BISWS) 2017


YBhg. Prof. Dr. D. Kamarudin D. Mudin
vice Chancellor
Universiti Malaysia Sabah

YBrs. Prof.Dr. Hj. Mohd Dahlan Hj A. Malek
Dean, Faculty of Psychology and Education
Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Prof Dr. Adi Fahrudin

Vice Chairman
Dr. Peter Voo Su Kiong

Mrs. Norhamidah Jarimal

Vice Secretary
Dr. Zaiton Hj Mohamad


Abstract Papers Committee
Dr Habibie Hj Ibrahim
Prof. Dr. Hj. Dahlan Hj. A. Malek
Associate Prof Dr Chua Bee Seok
Associate Prof Dr Azizi Yahaya
Associate Prof Dr Balan Rathakrisnan
Dr. Peter Voo Su Kiong
Dr. Ferlis Hj Bahari@Bulare
Dr. Sharon Kwan Sam Mee
Dr. Puteri Hayati Megat Ahmad
Dr. Shahzia Iqbal Hashmi
Dr. Getrude C Ah Gang@ Grace

Publicity, Media & Sponsorship
Dr. Peter Voo Su Kiong
Dr. Mohamad Nizam Bin Nazarudin
Dr. Ismail Maakip
Dr. Ferlis Bahari

Website, Program Books & CD Proceedings with ISBN
Dr. Nurul Hudani
Dr. Asmaa Abdulhameed Mohammad Al-Saqqaf
Mr Alfred Chan Huan Zhi
Mr Adam Mujat
Mr Chai Von Kai

Food & Hygiene
Dr. Lailawati Madlan@Edalan
Mrs. Christine Julius
Mrs. Harzainah Malik
Mrs. Maznah Kupun

Dr. Wan Anor Wan Sulaiman
Ms. Nurain Yusof
Mrs. Jalimah Yusof

Protocol & Invitations
Mr Aminudin Ibrahim Lastar
Mr. Azahar Che Latiff
Mrs. Andriana Singong

Certificate & Souvenirs
Dr. Norzihan Ayub
Dr. Safwan Bin Samsir
Mrs. Siti Hafizah Mohd Jendeh
Mr. Dalton

Speeches Text
Mdm. Suwaibah Zakaria
Dr. Musirin Mosin
Mdm. Joki Perdani Sawai

Transport, Logistics & Technical
Mr. Beddu Salam Baco
Dr. Soon Singh A/L Bikar Singh
Mr. Musa Usop
Mr. Rusli Muhamad

Stage Decoration
Dr. Mazni Mustapha
Mrs. Ramlah Sharil
Dr. Christina Andin

Poster & Exhibition
Mrs. Jusiah Idang
Ms. Agnes Sombuling
Ms. Resti Yuasri

Safety & Health
Dr Guan Tek Ee
Mr. Mohd Sobri Ismail
Mr. Michael Undi

Proceeding Post Conference & Journal
Prof. Dr. Adi Fahrudin
Mr. Adam Mujat

Workshop & Social Visit
Ms. Siti Noor Fazariah bt Suis@Mohd Rusdy
Mr. Risalshah Latif

Floor Manager
Mr. Mohd Jamal bin Atong

Mr. Aminuddin Ibrahim Lastar
Mrs Norhamidah Jarimal
Ms. Siti Noor Fazariah bt Suis@Mohd Rusdy