The International Conference on Rural Development and Entrepreneurship is an international conference jointly organised by Universiti Utara Malaysia, Hebei University, and Universitas Jenderal Soedirman once every two years. The main focus of the conference is rural development and entrepreneurship. It covers the topics related to economic development, rural tourism and environmental issues, social and information and communications technology (ICT) developments.

The first conference was held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia in May 2011, while the second one was held in Purwokerto, Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia in November 2013. The third conference was held in Hebei University, Baoding, China, in May 2015, followed by the fourth one, which was held in TH Hotel, Alor Setar, Kedah, in November 2017. The latest conference was conducted in Hotel Royal Ambarukmo, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, in August 2019. The conferences have an impressive record of attendance. They have attracted numerous international and local presenters and participants. The attendees have benefited enormously from the lively discussion and presentations sections conducted during the conference. Many ideas have been shared and brainstormed in the conferences.

Conference Objectives

  1. The target audience is academic institutions, research organisations, government agencies, policymakers, public policy advocates, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and corporate representatives.
  2. This conference serves as a meeting point for scholars and stakeholders to interact and exchange ideas. It is also an opportunity for the participants to exchange ideas and disseminate new research findings, which can be used for future research and policy formulation.
  3. It is also in the best interest of the organiser to further generate innovative thinking pertaining to rural development and to identify elements of a long-term research agenda to fill critical gaps in knowledge on these issues.

Main Theme

Rural Revitalization Through Digital Transformation


  1. Technology, innovation and creativity in rural development
  2. Rural poverty eradication and reaching the rural poor
  3. Quality of life and social capitals of rural households
  4. Entrepreneur education and skills attainment
  5. Entrepreneurship as an economic development vehicle of rural communities
  6. Environmental and tourism sustainability of rural areas
  7. The rural way of life and quest for development
  8. Impact of ICT development on rural communities
  9. Microfinancing and small-and-medium enterprises
  10. Digital economy and digital finance on rural areas
  11. Application of digital technologies in rural areas
  12. Planning and design of digital villages
  13. International Comparisons of Rural Development Policies
  14. Other related topics

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract 15 June 2022
Notification of abstract 30 June 2022
Deadline for full paper 31 July 2022
Notification of full paper 15 August 2022
Registration due 30 August 2022
Conference date  24 – 25 September 2022

Publication Opportunities

Papers submitted to this conference have the opportunity to be published in the following journals (subject to peer review):

  1. Journal of Economics and Sustainability (Indexed by MyCite)
  2. International Journal of Banking and Finance (Indexed by MyCite)
  3. Global Business Management Review (Indexed by MyCite)
  4. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies (Indexed by Scopus)
  5. International Journal of Economics and Management (Indexed by Scopus)