The 3rd International Conference on Rural Development and Entrepreneurship (ICORE2015) has been successfully held on 9th to 11th May 2015 in Hebei University, China. The first

ICORE was held in 2011 in Kuching, Sarawak, followed by the second ICORE in 2013 in Purwokerto, Indonesia.

ICORE2015 is a joint collaboration between 3 universities – Universiti Utara Malaysia, Hebei University, and Indonesia’s Universitas Jenderal Soedirman. The main theme of ICORE2015 is ‘Technology, Innovation, Creativity’ in rural development and entrepreneurship. 75 papers were presented in five parallel sessions, with over 80 participants from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cameroon, and Thailand. While most participants were from the academia, there were also those from the industry and government agency, namely China’s Hebei Software Institute and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia.

Since its inception, ICORE aims to provide a springboard for academicians, the government, and interested stake-holders to share their latest ideas in contributing to rural and entrepreneurship development. True to its aim, ICORE2015 has invited a well-rounded panel for its forum discussion session chaired by UUM’s Professor Dr. K. Kuperan Viswanathan. The panellists included Professor Han Baojiang from Hebei University (Head of the International Institute for Strategic Studies of China), Dr. Paul Leow (Executive Director CRM and Learning of Tan Chong Group Malaysia), and Mr. Cao Baogang (politician and also the Vice-President of the Law Society of Hebei Province).

ICORE2015 presented a total of six Best Paper Awards, one each from the subthemes: Entrepreneurship Education, Small-and-Medium Enterprises, Finance and Microfinance, Quality of Life, Environmental and Tourism Sustainability of Rural Areas, and Entrepreneurship Development. Two papers from UUM participants have been selected for the Best Paper Award: (1) ‘Determinants of information system effectiveness in managing agro-based projects’ by Thi Lip Sam and Che Wan Muhammad Salleh, and (2) ‘Be your own boss, anyone? Employment chances and earnings of fresh university graduates’ by Soon Jan Jan, Lim Hock Eam and Siti Aznor Ahmad.

Hebei University’s top management also took the opportunity to discuss future collaborations with representatives from Universiti Utara Malaysia and Universitas Jenderal Soedirman. Discussions revolved specifically on joint research, postgraduate studies, and staff exchange.

In concluding, a Chinese proverb for contemplation: ??????????? which means a conversation with a wise person is worth ten years' study of books.

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