Call for Papers: 

APSSA Special Issue

“Mental Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education”


Context: Studies suggest university students experienced psychological distress at higher levels than that of the general population. As university years often coincide with the critical transitional period between the ages of 17 and 25 years, the academic and financial pressures, isolation, loneliness and poor self-care have increased prevalence of mental illness among university students. As such, universities across the world have been independently developing policies and programmes to respond to mental health issues presenting on campus.


Recognising the growing concern, this Special Issue focuses specifically on developments relating to mental health and wellbeing of students in higher education in the Asia Pacific region.


Call for Papers: We invite contributions in three categories: policy, practice and reflection. Policy-based papers are refereed (peer-reviewed by double-blind process), while professional-based papers are reviewed by Editor/s of the APSSA Special Issue. The Reflection-based category are peer reviewed; a contributor whose work is accepted for this Special Issue is expected to peer review one or two manuscripts of other contributors.


Policy-based papers will address the issue of mental wellness at a macro level, namely from national and institutional perspectives.  These papers may trace the evolution of mental wellness initiatives, programmes, or strategies in relation to local political and/or social landscape.  They may also provide a conceptual understanding of how these innovations and/or set the tone for new directions. Main sources of evidence could be policy papers, white papers, and official documents.


Practice-based papers will focus on implementation of national or institutional directions at a meso or micro level.  Papers will provide a description of programme(s) and initiative(s) implemented for a particular community.  It should also include outcomes of a systematic inquiry on the impact or effectiveness of such innovation(s).  These papers could be reports of small research studies which are grounded in relevant theoretical underpinnings, and a robust research design.


Reflection-based papers are practitioners’ critical reflection on their practice.  They are concise and should focus on one or two issues.  They could be positioned as exemplars of best practices, or reflective pieces on innovations that worked well or did not work in response to student mental wellness. 


Word Processing platform: All articles should be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word or in another commonly used word processing format which could be converted into an MS Word document.


Language and Spelling: APSSA uses British English so please adjust your spell check in Word to ensure compliance.


Journal format: The APSSA Special Issue will be published online at with full pdf versions of each edition also stored at


Article Length Manuscripts for policy-based and practice-based papers would normally be a maximum of 3,000 words, excluding references and appendices. Length of manuscripts for reflection-based papers would normally be less than 1,000 words, excluding references and appendices so contributions of longer length may be returned to the author for editing, or considered as policy or practice based manuscripts.


 ‘Lede’: Please prepare a 30-word maximum description of your article to be used in the online publishing process and add to the end of your article with a Lede. The editors will remove this from your manuscript before publication and use it when publishing your article.


Abstract: All manuscripts submitted must include a brief (<250 words) abstract. Key words are required: All manuscripts submitted must include a selection of appropriate key words that will assist the article being found by online search engines.


Key Words: Please insert a Keywords section under your abstract, and list a maximum of five (5) keywords for online search facilitation.


Page layout: Articles for inclusion in the APSSA Special Issue in either referred or non-refereed formats need to be submitted electronically using the following layout instructions. The following is a normal page layout in MS Word:


Top: 5. 5 Bottom: 5. 5 Left: 2. 54 Right: 2. 54 Gutter = 0 Header = 1 Footer = 6 Font type: Times New Roman


Font pitch as follows: Manuscript Title: 14 point BOLD Author/s Name, Role, Institution: 12 point Abstract header: 12 point BOLD Abstract body: 10 point italics Body text: 12 point Header within body of the text: 12 point BOLD Footnotes: 9 point


Photos, Diagrams, Figures, Tables and Drawings: Any diagrams and tables included in the text must be no larger than 21 cm in depth x 17 cm wide. Please note that the APSSA Special Issue will not be published in colour so all images, graphs and tables should be submitted in grey scale or black and white. Text within a table is preferred as centred or left margin aligned. Please only use labels: Table (for tables) or Figure (for all other Photos, Diagrams and Drawings. Number and name Tables and Figures in sequence: Table xx or Figure xx Table styles should follow the APA recommendations.


Use of references: Referencing protocol is the APA Referencing System. Please double check compliance with the APA referencing protocols before submitting your article for consideration for publication. Articles submitted with incorrect referencing will be returned to the lead author for correction and this will delay the publishing process.


Submission deadlines:

  • Submission due: 1 May 2020
  • Acceptance notifications: 7 June 2020
  • Peer reviews (for reflection-based papers):
    • Peer review assignment: 15 June 2020
    • Peer review returned: 15 July 2020
  • Final revised manuscripts due: 15 August 2020
  • Targeted Publication date: October 2020


Submission of manuscript is through email to the Chief Editor, Dr Jonathan MUNRO (


Any queries regarding submission format should be directed to either of the co-editors, A/Prof LEE Kooi Cheng ( or Dr Doria ABDULLAH (




Call for applications:

China Trainee Program at German Institutes of Higher Education – German-Chinese Cooperation for Student Affairs 2014/2015


Chinese students still amount to the largest group of foreign students in Germany – the China Trainee Program, an award-winning cooperation program of Robert Bosch Foundation and the German National Association for Student Affairs, especially serves to support a sustainable preparation and integration of Chinese students in Germany in order to improve their success of studies. Since four years, the China Trainee Program is located in the higher education field to foster the transfer of know-how between China and Germany.

The program targets young executives from Chinese universities with first work experience in Student Affairs and very good German language skills, who

are interested in realizing specific projects developed for German-Chinese cultural exchange.

Please find more information in the attached info-flyer and at our website:

The closing date for applications will be 28th of February, 2014.


Contact and application:

Vera Yu 喻斐云


Deutsches Studentenwerk e.V. (DSW)

Monbijouplatz 11

D - 10178 Berlin

Telephone +49 (0)30/29 77 27-76

Telefax +49 (0)30/29 77 27-99

Skype: china-traineeprogramm


启事: 德国高校的中国训练计划—德中大学生服务合作2014/2015






Vera Yu 喻斐云 


Deutsches Studentenwerk e.V. (DSW)

Monbijouplatz 11

D - 10178 Berlin

Telephone +49 (0)30/29 77 27-76

Telefax +49 (0)30/29 77 27-99

Skype: china-traineeprogramm



China-Traineeprogramm an deutschen Hochschulen – Deutsch-Chinesische Kooperation für Student Affairs 2014/2015

Die Studierenden aus China bilden nach wie vor die größte Gruppe internationaler Studierender in Deutschland – eine Herausforderung im Studienalltag,

bei der sich das China-Traineeprogramm für eine nachhaltige Verbesserung von Integration und Studienerfolg der chinesischen Studierenden einsetzt. Das

China-Traineeprogramm, ein preisgekröntes Kooperationsprojekt von Robert Bosch Stiftung und Deutsches Studentenwerk, läuft seit vier Jahren erfolgreich

an Studentenwerken und Hochschulen und fördert den Wissenstransfer zwischen China und Deutschland im Bereich Hochschule und Bildung.

Das China-Traineeprogramm richtet sich an Nachwuchsführungskräfte chinesischer Universitäten mit ersten Berufserfahrungen aus dem Bereich Student Affairs

und sehr guten Deutschkenntnissen, die Interesse haben, Projekte zur Förderung des deutsch-chinesischen Austausches zu realisieren.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie im angehängten Flyer und auf unserer Website:

Der Bewerbungsschluss für das China-Traineeprogramm ist der 28. Februar 2014.


Kontakt und Bewerbung:

Vera Yu 喻斐云


Deutsches Studentenwerk e.V. (DSW)

Monbijouplatz 11

D - 10178 Berlin

Telephone +49 (0)30/29 77 27-76

Telefax +49 (0)30/29 77 27-99

Skype: china-traineeprogramm


View flyer here:-