The 1st International Conference on Intellectuals’ Global Responsibility (ICIGR) 2017 is a conference held by Universitas Muhammadiyah Sidoarjo (UMSIDA) on 24–25 November, 2017 at Sidoarjo, Indonesia. UMSIDA is in partnership with Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), and Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) Philippines in conducting this conference that delivers “Science for Social Welfare and Justice” as its first year’s theme. Here, ICIGR is designed to be a forum for the intellectuals from all area of expertise in sharing their views, thoughts, experiences, and ways forward in reaching out the social welfare and justice based on the progressive way of living. The development of human knowledge is not merely for the sake of knowledge itself but to make the life where we live insightful and enlightened. Intellectuals as a broad concept that covers scholars, academicians, researchers, practitioners, professionals, and experts in any disciplines of knowledge should have a critical concern on this issue. Their knowledge is a real power bringing responsibility that they must undertake with fully dedication. The ICIGR, in this context, gathers the intellectuals who have critical thought and responsibility to make a better sphere for the society to partake in the journey of making the world better and civilized.

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