12th Annual MENASA NASPA Conference

April 24 – April 26, 2018

Join MENASA NASPA as we hold our 12th annual conference in beautiful Singapore! This conference is an idea opportunity for colleagues to share innovative ideas, approaches, technologies, best practices, and policies in many functional areas of higher education administration.

تتشرف لجنة المؤتمر السنوي الإقليمي للشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا وجنوب آسيا "ميناسا" بدعوتكم لحضور المؤتمر السنوي الثاني عشر والذي ستستضيفه جامعة يال-ان يو اس بسنغافورة الجميلة، ويعتبر هذا المؤتمر فرصة لتبادل الأفكار الإبداعية، والطرق الحديثة، وأفضل الممارسات للعديد من القطاعات بمجال التعليم العالي.
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This three-day conference, hosted by NASPA, the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia(MENASA) Area and Yale-NUS College in Singapore, is an ideal opportunity practitioners and scholars to share ideas, promising practice and innovative approaches across all areas of student affairs and services. This year's theme is: Connecting Regions: Networking, Sharing, Learning.

نبذة عن المؤتمر

سيكون المؤتمر لمدة ثلاثة أيام، بجامعة يال-ان يو اس بسنغافورة، وكما أنه فرصة هائلة للالتقاء بالمهنيين من جميع أنحاء الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا وخاصة جنوب آسيا لمشاركة وتبادل الخبرات، والتشاور بأهم قضايا التعليم من ممارسات وآخر الطرق الابداعية والمميزة في مجال شؤون الطلبة والخدمات الطلابية. وسيكون المؤتمر هذه السنة تحت شعار: التعارف، المشاركة، التعلم.


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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


Let others know you are coming!

Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is now closed. Please contact Courtney Strkyer if you have any additional questions.

NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, through MENASA NASPA, encompassing 31 countries throughout the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia in collaboration with Yale-NUS College, invite you to submit programs for the 12th Annual MENASA NASPA Conference held in Singapore. This conference provides a platform for academics, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss innovative models and trends in student affairs.

The 2018 Planning Committee seeks engaging and influential proposals that incorporate one or more of NASPA’s Guiding Principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion and inquiry. Proposals may be submitted by professionals with relevant experiences in the region, although collaborative presentations with presenters from different institutions is encouraged.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Integrity

    Committed to high moral principles exhibiting authentic, honest, just, and ethical behavior.

  • Innovation

    Continuously seeking improvement through new and creative approaches.

  • Inclusion

    Seeking ways to ensure access, voice, acknowledgement, opportunity, and participation at all levels.

  • Inquiry

    Supporting research and scholarship to add to the knowledge base of the profession and ensure that data informs practice.

Submission Timeline
  • 23 February, 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • 27 February, 2018
    Program Status Notification

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 12th Annual MENASA NASPA Conference.

Courtney Stryker
Consultant- Qatar University
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Karla Fraser
Yale-NUS College
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The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

جدول المؤتمر

وقد صمم الجدول الزمني لتزويد المشاركين ببرامج تفاعلية، وفرص لإجراء مناقشات هادفة، والتعارف بين الجامعات. وسيتم تحديث هذا الجدول مع المزيد من التفاصيل بالفترات القادمة.

Mon, Apr 23

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Optional Meet and Greet and No-Host Dinner / اللقاء والتعارف (اختياري)

Tue, Apr 24

8:00 a.m.
Conference Hotel Pick - Up / مغادرة الفندق
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop Registration / التسجيل لورشة المؤتمر التمهيدي
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop Sessions / ورش المؤتمر التمهيدي
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop - NASPA Professional Competencies / ورشة المؤتمر التمهيدي- الكفاءات المهنية وفق ناسبا
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference - Intercultural Exchanges Conversations / المؤتمر التمهيدي- محادثات التبادل الثقافي
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch / الغداء
5:30 p.m.
Transporation Back to Hotel / الانتقال للفندق
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Optional Small Group Dinner & Network / التعارف والعشاء للمجموعة المختارة (اختياري)

Wed, Apr 25

8:00 a.m.
Conference Hotel Pick - Up / مغادرة الفندق
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Conference Registration / التسجيل للمؤتمر
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary / الافتتاحية
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Session I or Campus Tours I / جلسة المؤتمر 1 أو استكشاف الحرم الجامعي
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch / الغداء
1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Conference Session II / جلسة المؤتمر 2
2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Conference Session III / جلسة المؤتمر 3
3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Conference Session IV / جلسة المؤتمر 4
4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Conference Session V / جلسة المؤتمر 5
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception / حفل استقبال
7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Transit to Signature Event / التنقل للأنشطة المميزة
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Signature Event: Gardens by the Bay / النشاط المميز: حدائق الخليج
10:15 p.m.
Buses Depart Garden / مغادرة حدائق الخليج
10:45 p.m.
Arrive at Conference Hotel / الوصول للفندق

Thu, Apr 26

8:00 a.m.
Hotel Pick-Up Shuttle Service / مغادرة الفندق
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Conference Registration /التسجيل للمؤتمر
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Conference Session VI or Campus Tours II / جلسة المؤتمر 6 أو استكشاف الحرم الجامعي
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Conference Session VII / جلسة المؤتمر 7
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
MENASA General Meeting / Southeast Asia Region - Interest Meeting / الاجتماع العام لميناسا/ منطقة جنوب آسيا
12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch and Closing Ceremony / الغداء وحفل الختام
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Optional Visit to Singapore Attractions / زيارة لمناطق سياحية بسنغافورة

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The Pre-Conference Workshop scheduled for Tuesday April 24 is a unique one-day learning opportunity for new and continuing professionals.  Attendees will participate in skill-based and interactive sessions focused on professional competencies in critical areas of higher education and student affairs such as student learning and development; leadership; technology; and student advising.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to network with peers and colleagues in the region and discuss issues and ideas of shared interest. This fun-filled day will be an enriching opportunity to further develop foundational skills for working with students in a higher education setting while meeting new people to support you in your career.

There are two options for pre-conferences for participants to choose from. Participants may choose to either attend the ACUHO-I housing based full-day pre-con (free) or two half day pre-cons. Please see the chart below to make sure to register for what best suits your need.


2018 - ACUHO-I/MENASA NASPA Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday, April 24th • 09.30 AM – 04.30 PM

Full-day Pre-Conference Workshop

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The Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) is an organization that serves campus housing and residence life professionals at colleges and universities around the globe. ACUHO - I produces a number of events, publications, research, career services and online professional development, as well as valuable networking opportunities. ACUHO-I invites you or members of your team to join us on April 24 for a special pre-conference workshop at the upcoming MENASA NASPA Conference at Yale NUS College in Singapore where we will focus on student learning, development and success in the residential environment. During the workshop, attendees will connect with colleagues and explore ways in which student housing and residence life programs can enhance the academic and co-curricular environment of campus, and positively impact the overall student experience. All MENASA NASPA and ACUHO-I attendees are invited to participate and connect with colleagues from across the region for discussion and exploration. If you do not oversee housing and residence life programs, but have colleagues or staff that may be interested, please pass on this invitation to those individuals. Participants will hear from thought leaders in the profession who are at the forefront of housing and residence life best and next practices, and learn about valuable resources such as the ACUHO-I Knowledge Domains and Online Research Library that are available to support student affairs professionals.

This pre-conference workshop is free to attend.

Pre-Conference Workshop - NASPA Professional Competencies / ورشة المؤتمر التمهيدي- الكفاءات المهنية وفق ناسبا

09.30 AM – 12.00 PM

MENASA NASPA Morning Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-Conference - Intercultural Exchanges Conversations / المؤتمر التمهيدي- محادثات التبادل الثقافي

Tuesday, April 24th • 01.30 PM – 05.00 PM

MENASA NASPA Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshop: Intercultural Competencies as a framework in Student Affairs

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How do we as educators outside the classroom play a prominent, intentional and purposeful role in ensuring that we are genuine stakeholders in the holistic education of students? Intercultural competencies is the ability to develop targeted knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to visible behavior and communication that are both effective and appropriate in intercultural interactions (Deardorff, 2006). This session will address how student affairs’ professionals in the area of student life can use these competencies as a framework in the creation of policies, programs and critical reflection.

Presenter: Dr. Reetha Raveendran, Yale-NUS College


Please read this brief registration explanation document before registering to make sure you register for the parts of the conference that are right for you.

We are excited to offer multiple options for conference attendance. We hope that you will take advantage and reigster for both the MENASA Conference and for the two half-day pre-conference workshops on building competencies in student affairs (morning) and engaging in intercultural dialogues (afternoon). We are also excited to partner with ACUHO-I to offer a free pre-con workshop for housing professionals.

Registration is now open. All registration prices are listed in US Dollars.  No refunds will be given after 11 March, 2018.

التسجيل مفتوح الآن. جميع رسوم التسجيل مدونة بالدولار الأمريكي. لن يكون هناك استرجاع للرسوم بعد 11 مارس 2018.

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Registration Fees- in USD / رسوم تسجيل المؤتمر- بالدولار الأمريكي

Early Registration /التسجيل المبكر
02/07/2018 to 03/11/2018
Regular Registration / التسجيل العادي
03/12/2018 to 04/12/2018
Late Registration /التسجيل المتأخر
after 04/13/2018
Pre-Conference Only / المؤتمر التمهيدي فقط
$250 USD / 250 دولار
$275 / 275 دولار
$300 / 300 دولار
Conference Only / المؤتمر فقط
$275 USD / 275 دولار
$325 / 325 دولار
$400 / 400 دولار
Pre-Conference + Conference / المؤتمر التمهيدي والمؤتمر
$375 USD / 375 دولار
$450 / 450 دولار
$500 / 500 دولار
ACUHO-I Pre-Conference + Conference
$275 USD / 275 دولار
$325 / 325 دولار
$400 / 400 دولار
ACUHO-I Pre-Conference Only


Tonya Murphy
Membership Coordinator
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Phone: 202-265-7500, ext. 1183

Tiki Ayiku
Senior Director of Educational Programs
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Phone: 202-265-7500, ext. 1184


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Registration fees are listed in US dollars.


We are excited to be at Yale-NUS College.

Yale-NUS College

Yale-NUS College, a residential college located in Singapore, aims to redefine liberal arts and science education for a complex, interconnected world. We are a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and supporters, dedicated to building a community in which living and learning are intertwined and habits of creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking are encouraged. Our innovative curriculum integrates knowledge from across the disciplines and around the world.

We invite participants to book hotel accommodations with the official conference hotel. Transportation to Yale-NUS is provided only from this hotel. Please download the pdf to view more information and to make reservations. Prices are listed in Singapore dollars and include breakfast.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Park Avenue Rochester Hotel and Suites
31 Rochester Drive, Singapore 138637
Tel: (65) 68088600
S$225 - Single with breakfast
  • Travel

    The nearest major airport is Singapore Changi Airport (SIN / WSSS). This airport has international flights and is 19 km from the center of Singapore.

  • Weather

    April in Singapore means more of the same hot and humid temperatures and steady rainfall. ... The average daily temperature sits at 27°C (around 81°F), a great temperature for spending time outdoors. At the peak of the day, the temperatures reach up to a balmy 31°C (about 88°F)

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