THE 4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (ICORE2017) ‘Towards Resilient and Sustainable Community’ | 30 November – 2 December 2017 | Alor Setar, Kedah, MALAYSIA | www.icoreconference.net TH Hotel & Convention Centre Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia 30 November – 2 December, 2017 Conference Joint Organisers: Universiti Utara Malaysia, Hebei University & Universitas Jenderal Soedirman Conference Highlights Who Should Attend? ¨ The three previous International Conference on Rural Development and Entrepreneurship (ICORE2011, ICORE2013 and ICORE2015) co-organised by Universiti Utara Malaysia, Hebei University and Universitas Jenderal Soedirman were very successful. The first one was held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia in May 2011, the second one in Purwokerto, Yogyakarta, Indonesia in November 2013, and the third one in Baoding City, Hebei Province, China in May 2015. The attendance to these three conferences was remarkably good, attracting numerous presenters and participants from all over the world, notably from Australia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Nigeria. ¨ This year, the main theme for ICORE2017 is ‘Towards Resilient and Sustainable Community’. This conference serves as a platform for the participants to exchange ideas and share experiences in developing rural areas. Current issues on rural development at the many economic levels of a country and even those globally will also be discussed in this conference. ¨ Researchers ¨ Universities ¨ Government agencies ¨ Policy-makers ¨ Public policy advocates ¨ Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) ¨ Technopreneurs ¨ ICT-related enterprises ¨ International development agencies ¨ Corporate representatives Subthemes The subthemes of ICORE2017 include, but not limited to, the following: · Technology, innovation and creativity related issues in rural development · Rural poverty eradication and reaching the rural poor · Quality of life and social capitals of rural households · Entrepreneur education and skills attainment · Entrepreneurship as an economic development vehicle for rural communities · Environmental and tourism sustainability of rural areas · The rural way of life and quest for development · Impact of ICT development on rural communities · Microfinancing and small-and-medium enterprises · Other related topics Abstract Submission Guidelines · An extended abstract between 300 to 500 words should be written in English (Times New Roman, single spacing, font size 11). A maximum of 5 keywords should also be provided. · Include name of author(s), affiliations, postal and email addresses. · The abstracts will be reviewed by the Technical Committee. Notification of acceptance and further instructions will be emailed to the corresponding author. · Kindly email your abstract to: firstname.lastname@example.org Publication Opportunities * Selected papers from ICORE2017 will be published in: o International Journal of Business & Society (IJBS) (SCOPUS-indexed), o International Journal of Economics and Management (IJEM) (SCOPUS-indexed), o Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies (MJES) (SCOPUS-indexed), o Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia (JEM), and o International Journal of Banking and Finance (IJBF) (ERA). * All accepted papers will be published in a refereed conference proceeding. * (A total of 10 papers from previous conference were selected and published in a Scopus-Indexed Journal, International Journal of Business and Society (IJBS) Volume 17 Number 3).