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2nd Asia-Middle East-Africa Conference on Academic and Research Integrity
ACARI 2024

Global Education,  Local Values: A Regional Dialogue on Academic and Research Integrity

13- 15 Feb 2024



Endorsed by

Keynote Speakers







Dr Thomas Lancaster

Senior Teaching Fellow,

Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Thomas Lancaster has researched issues surrounding academic integrity since 2000. He currently teaches at Imperial College London in the UK and regularly speaks at international academic integrity events. He is best known for research into contract cheating, a term he developed with the late Robert Clarke to describe the phenomenon where students utilise third parties to complete their academic work for them. Much of Thomas’ recent research has been conducted alongside undergraduate student partners, looking at the increasing reach of the international contract cheating industry and the operation of the essay mills, providers and individuals who help students to breach academic integrity.


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Dr Sarah Elaine Eaton

Associate Professor Werklund School of Education

Educational Leader in Resident Academic Integrity

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

University of Calgary, Canada

Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD, is an associate professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada. She has received research awards of excellence for her scholarship on academic integrity from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) (2020) and the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) (2022). Dr. Eaton has written and presented extensively on academic integrity and ethics in higher education and is regularly invited as a media guest to talk about academic misconduct. Dr. Eaton is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Educational Integrity. Her books include Plagiarism in Higher Education: Tackling Tough Topics in Academic Integrity, Academic Integrity in Canada: An Enduring and Essential Challenge (Eaton & Christensen Hughes, eds.), and Contract Cheating in Higher Education: Global Perspectives on Theory, Practice, and Policy (Eaton, Curtis, Stoesz, Clare, Rundle, & Seeland, eds.) and Ethics and Integrity in Teacher Education (Eaton & Khan, eds.)


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Leading in Research and Publications


Expert researcher and educator on T&L and Assessments with Integrity


Professor Ann Rogerson

Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Business & Law

University of Wollongong, Australia

Ann is a passionate educator, keen to engage students in the developing lifelong learning skills while connecting their learning experiences to theory and real world contexts and their future workplaces. She continually assesses and seeks to improve her own teaching and learning skills through feedback, reflection, study and research, sharing her discoveries with colleagues, and drawing on her industry experience. She holds degrees in Business and Higher Education, and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. Ann’s commitment to business education extends beyond her discipline area of organisational behaviour and interpersonal communication to the increasingly prominent area of promoting academic integrity. She actively advocates and shares how assessment design can limit academic misconduct and facilitates the easier detection of contract cheating situations which has led to local, national and international recognition. She is now recognised as an international expert in detecting contract cheating and the use of Turnitin, machine based plagiarism and bibliographic forensics, with work cited by Australian Government authorities as best practice in the area.  Ann deliver seminars and workshops on the patterns and clues evident in irregular submissions, and methods of restructuring course content and assessments to minimise the practise and make it easier to detect for the sector at large. In particular, the field of research into the prevalence of machine based plagiarism based on article spinners and paraphrasing tools in student work. She is Chair of UOW's Academic Integrity Advisory Group, on the Executive Advisory Board for the UAE Centre for Academic Integrity, sits on the International Scientific Panel for ENAI, the Executive for the International Association for Language and Social Psychology (IALSP), and the Editorial Board – International Journal for Educational Integrity (Springer Nature). Author of the “Breaches” unit in the Epigeum Academic Integrity program and is an expert panel member for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA, Australian Government).


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Theme and Sub-themes


Global Education,  Local Values: A Regional Dialogue on Academic and Research Integrity

Asia, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA), as a region is home to UNESCO Heritage Site Harran and Sanliurfa in Türkiye where the first Islamic University was founded (established in Mesopotamia), and to some of the oldest universities in the world such as Al Azhar University (established in 970 AD in Egypt), University of Economic Science (established in 1315 in Iran), Istanbul University (established in 1453 in Türkiye), Presidency University in Kolkata (established in 1817 Bharat), King Edward Medical University (established in 1860 Bharat), American University in Beirut (established in 1866 in Lebanon), Omdurman Islamic University (established in 1901 in Sudan) and so on. In recent years, the region has revived itself as an emerging market for global, world-class international education and research.


Academic integrity is key to supporting quality education that is inclusive and accessible to all students. Internationally, European Network for Academic Integrity and International Centre for Academic Integrity have been constant beacons of support for academics, practitioners, students and staff alike, conducting awareness campaigns, conferences, providing opportunity for collaboration and research. Similarly, research integrity is the foundation to reliable, valuable results that have the power to make sustainable changes and solve global problems. International bodies such as World Conference on Research Integrity and World Education Research Association have been guiding and supportive of the global communities, paving the way for greater understanding and practice of research with integrity.


However, there still remains a need for focused dialogue that recognises the cultural norms and differences that exist within the Asia - Middle East - and Africa regions. To support the growing community in these regions, ACARI 2023 aims to bring together leaders, policymakers, educators, practitioners, and researchers from the partnering nations’ education sectors to discuss, create and promote the culture of integrity across educational campuses in the countries. The proposed program aims to feature arrays of renowned and well-established international keynotes, regional expert advice and fresh perspectives on very common and familiar topics such predatory journals, data integrity in research, contract cheating, policy reviews and role of institutions and individuals, under the theme Global Education, Local Values: A regional dialogue on academic and research integrity

Sub Themes

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The Venue




Conference Program - To Be Announced

Academic integrity - awareness, knowledge, practice


Teaching, learning and assessing with integrity

Contract cheating and impact on quality of education - student, staff and institutional perspectives


Understanding the industry - essay mills, supply chain and assignment writers


K-12 (primary, secondary, high school) - starting dialogue early

Ethical considerations and processes in research

Research publications, retractions and predatory journals

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