FAQs on Theveli Conference


1.    About Theveli Conference

1.1.  What is Theveli Conference for?

Theveli Conference is an international multidisciplinary research event organised annually by the Maldives National University (MNU).

1.2.  What is the objective of the conference?

The central objective of the conference is to promote and disseminate academic research and knowledge in pursuance of MNU’s statutory mandates.

1.3.  What does Theveli mean?

“Theveli” is a Dhivehi (Maldivian language) word which means rays spread on the sea (or water) when the sun or moon rises and sets.

1.4.  What are the themes of the conference?

The main theme of the conference is Motivate, Integrate, Discover. The sub-themes are: Business, Management, Finance, Economics, Education, Employment and Poverty Reduction, Social and Behavioural Science and Psychology, Media and Communication, Tourism and Hospitality, Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, Architecture and Built Environment, History, Language, Art and Culture, Governance, Policy and Politics, Shariah, Law and Islamic Studies, Science and Environment, Medicine, Nursing, Health and Nutrition.

2.    Registration

2.1.  Am I eligible to participate?

If you want to present a research paper, or if you want to participate without presenting a paper you may register online.

2.2.  How can I register for Theveli?

Registration for Theveli is open online at http://theveli.mnu.edu.mv/.

Click “Register”. This will take you to the registration page.

Fill in the details and at the bottom choose whether you want to register as a Participant, Author, or Reviewer.

Tick Participant if you want to just participate and not present a paper.

Tick Author if you want to present a paper.

Tick Reviewer if you want to also review abstracts and PowerPoint presentations.

When filling in your telephone or fax number you may include the plus (+) sign or 00 (i.e. zero zero) as a prefix to the number.

Click submit; this automatically registers you and takes you to your Theveli account.

2.3.  What is the deadline for registration?

If you are not presenting a paper, the deadline for registration is 31 July 2019. If you are presenting a paper please see FAQ ‎3.3 here.

2.4.  I am getting a message indicating firewall issues – why is this?

If you are getting any messages indicating any firewall issues, it may be due to firewall restrictions at your end. You may wish to take the matter up with your IT personnel.

2.5.  I have forgotten my login password – what do I do?

If you forget your Theveli account password, please visit the link, http://theveli.mnu.edu.mv/login and click the “Forgot Your Password?” link. This will take you to the Reset Password page.

3.    Abstracts

3.1.  How can I submit my abstract?

To submit an abstract, you have to be first registered as an Author. To register see How can I register for Theveli? above.

Upon registration you will be taken to your Theveli account. Click Abstracts on the top right corner of your account page. You will have three options: Abstract Guide, Submit New, and, View All. You are advised to read the Abstract Guide first before submitting your abstract.

To submit your abstract, click Submit New. In the target page, fill in the title of your paper in the first field, and choose the area of study from the dropdown menu.

Next, click the Choose file button to upload your abstract file. Finally, click the Submit Abstract button. This will take you to your abstracts page.

3.2.  Is there a recommended structure for abstracts?

You may use this MS Word template to write and save your abstract first. Abstracts must be written in accordance with the guidelines available online through your account page. It is also available here on Theveli website.

3.3.  What is the deadline for submission of abstracts?

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April 2019.

3.4.  When will I know if my abstract is accepted?

You will be notified of the outcome of the review of your abstract when the review process is over.

3.5.  How can I register as a reviewer of abstracts?

Registration for Theveli is open online at http://theveli.mnu.edu.mv/.

Click “Register”. This will take you to the registration page.

Fill in the details and at the bottom choose whether you want to register as a Participant, Author, or Reviewer.

Tick Participant if you want to just participate and not present a paper.

Tick Author if you want to present a paper.

Tick Reviewer if you want to also review abstracts and PowerPoint presentations.

When filling in your telephone or fax number you may use the plus (+) sign or 00 (i.e. zero zero) as prefix to the number.

Click submit; this automatically registers you and takes you to your Theveli account.

3.6.  What are the file formats accepted for uploading abstracts?

The file format accepted for uploading abstracts is Microsoft Word (.docx). If you try uploading a file in another file format, the system will not accept it and you will see an error message.

3.7.  Do I have to provide a soft copy of my presentation? If yes, is there a template for it?

Yes, you have to provide a soft copy of your presentation. A template for presentation is provided within your Theveli account on your abstract management page. It is also available here (Microsoft PowerPoint template [.potx] 183 KB).

3.8.  Are there any guidelines on poster presentation?

Poster presentation guidelines are as follows:

Poster presentation guidelines

Authors who are presenting posters during Theveli 2019 are advised to adhere to the following guidelines:

Poster size should be 594 mm (width) X 841 mm (height), i.e., 23.4 (w) X 33.1 (h);

Posters should be in vertical (portrait) orientation;

Posters should be in English;

Posters should be easily readable at a distance of 1.5 metres (5 feet);

The presentation must cover the material indicated in the accepted abstract.

Schedule of poster exhibition:

Posters should be displayed on Saturday, 7th September 2019. Poster sessions are on:

Sunday, 8th Sep: 0900-1700 hrs

Monday, 9th Sep: 0900-1700 hrs

Posters will be exhibited throughout the conference on poster display boards.

4.    Payments

4.1.  How can I pay the registration fee?

To be able to pay, you have to first register. If you have not yet registered, see FAQ ‎‎‎2.2 above for details on how to register.

If you registered as a participant but you are not presenting a paper at the conference, you may proceed to pay the registration fee.

If you are presenting a paper, we recommend that you wait until you hear from us regarding the decision on your abstract. But if you would like to participate whether your abstract is accepted or not, you may proceed to pay the fee.

If you are a reviewer and not attending the conference you are not required to pay the registration fee. However, if you wish to attend and are already registered you may proceed to pay.

Please read the following payment instructions, ascertain the fee amount applicable to you and make the payment to the relevant bank account. Please note that we have separate bank accounts for payments in USD and MVR. Payments are only accepted in USD or MVR (Maldivian Rufiyaa). When making the payment please cite “Theveli 2019 registration fee” as the purpose of payment.

  • International participants

When making the payment, please note that any bank charges both at your end and at this end should be borne by you, and the MNU should be paid the following amount(s) net of any such bank charges.

Registration fee for international participants:                                     USD 150.00

Visa fee MVR 750.00                                                                           USD   48.64

For payments in USD please make a bank transfer to the following account:

Account name: The Maldives National University

Account number: 7701 101 374 003

Bank name: Bank of Maldives

Swift Code: MALBMVMV

Bank address: Boduthakurufaanu Magu

Malé 20094

Maldives

  • Local participants

Registration fee for local participants:                                                     MVR 500.00

MNU staff:                                                                                               MVR 300.00

Local students:                                                                                        MVR 200.00

For payments in MVR, please make a bank transfer to the following account:

Account name: The Maldives National University

Account number: 7701 101 374 001

Bank name: Bank of Maldives

Swift Code: MALBMVMV

Bank address: Boduthakurufaanu Magu

Malé 20094

Maldives

Payments may also be made in cash at the MNU Financial Administration located here in the MNU Central Administration building on Rahdhebai Hin’gun, Mahchangolhi, Malé 20371 (see map below). Please note that the MNU is not responsible for content provided in external websites.

Upon receiving payment, we will send you an email acknowledging the receipt of the payment and outlining the next steps.

4.2.  Can I get a refund?

Refund is not available except in extraordinary circumstances.

4.3.  What is covered in my registration fees?

Your registration fees cover admission to the welcome ceremony, all conference sessions, access to conference materials, conference program and book of abstracts. In addition, lunch and coffee/tea is provided free during breaks on conference days.

5.    Arrival in Maldives

5.1.  How can I travel to Maldives?

Most major airlines fly to Maldives. These include both scheduled and chartered flights. Click here for a list of airlines that fly to Maldives. You may also want to check information provided here. Disclaimer: MNU is not responsible for content provided on external websites.

5.2.  Do I need visa to enter Maldives?

Normally yes, you are required to have prior visa if you are travelling to Maldives for a purpose other than as a tourist. Visitors arriving for a purpose other than tourism are required to have a local sponsor. Please check here for details. Disclaimer: MNU is not responsible for content provided on external websites.

If you want the MNU to be your local sponsor as defined by the Maldives Immigration at the time of this writing, Theveli Organising Committee will be pleased to act accordingly. The Maldives Immigration requires the local sponsor to complete the business visa application form (form IM24 available here) and submit to Maldives Immigration for approval before 24 hours. The approved business visa form must be submitted to Airport Immigration 1 hour prior to arrival of the applicant. Disclaimer: MNU is not responsible for content provided on external websites.

To ensure a hassle-free entry for you, please complete the first part (details of the applicant) of the application for business visa (form IM24) and send it with an email to theveli@mnu.edu.mv two weeks before the start of the conference.

5.3.  Are there prohibited/restricted items and duty-free allowances?

You are advised to check information on prohibited and restricted items as well as on duty-free allowances for incoming travellers. This information is available here (prohibited and restricted items) and here (duty-free allowances). Disclaimer: MNU is not responsible for content provided on external websites.

5.4.  Is there a cash declaration requirement?

The Maldives Monetary Authority (the central bank) requires travellers to or out of Maldives transporting any cash amounting to USD 20,000 or more to declare it to the Maldives Customs Service.

5.5.  Are there any official holidays that fall before the conference date?

There are a number of official holidays that fall before the conference date. Here is a source of this information. Disclaimer: MNU is not responsible for content provided on external websites.

The official weekend in the Maldives is Friday and Saturday.

Do note that the government declares impromptu public holidays at short notice and this could affect conference preparatory and organizational work. Therefore, you are advised to complete all your preparations well in advance for participation at the conference.

5.6.  What is the climate in Maldives?

The Maldives has a tropical climate. Temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. More information on climate and weather is available here. Disclaimer: MNU is not responsible for content provided on external websites.

5.7.  What is the preferred attire?

Official and business attire is normally shirt and tie for men. On special occasions, more formal attire (e.g. suit) is recommended. Examples of such occasions are inauguration and closing of events such as conferences, events such as Independence Day, Republic Day, National Day, etc.

For the Theveli inauguration event, attendees are expected to wear formal attire (e.g. suit). For presentation sessions you may wear official attire (e.g. for men shirt and tie (or without tie)).

The people of Maldives are Muslims and most wear conservative clothing. Visitors are advised to be sensitive to this.

5.8.  What is the domestic currency, exchange rate?

The official currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR) divided into 100 Laari. MVR is pegged to the United States Dollar at USD 1 = MVR 15.42.

5.9.  How much should I have for accommodation and food?

There are hotels and guest houses in and nearby Malé City that may cost between MVR 771 (USD 50) and MVR 4626 (USD 300).

A decent meal may cost something in the range of MVR 100.00 – 150.00 (USD 6.50 – 9.72).

6.    Conference venue and facilities

6.1.  What is the venue of the conference?

The conference is to be held on the main campus of MNU. The address is:

The Maldives National University

Rahdhebai Hin’gun

Mahchangolhi

Malé 20371

For location, click here. Disclaimer: MNU is not responsible for content provided on external websites.

6.2.  What facilities are available at the conference venue?

MNU provides multimedia and other ICT facilities at the conference venue. Free wifi is available on campus for all participants.

Lunch and coffee/tea is provided free during breaks on conference days. Food and drinks are also available on campus and in the vicinity at reasonable costs.