Welcoming Division Leaders
This September, Asia-Pacific International University was pleased to welcome leaders from the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) and the Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD), divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church.
The region of Thailand is included under the leadership of the Southern Asia Pacific Union Mission (SAUM), which is under the SSD. The SSD is composed of the following 14 countries: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Vietnam. According to the official website of Seventh-day Adventists, “the Adventist Church in this division counts more than 1.1 million members.” About 1.5 billion people are within the region of the NSD, making it the largest division in the world by population, yet, only about 3 percent are Christian (www.adventist.org). The countries included in the NSD are as follows: China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Bangkok has become a popular location for division conferences and meetings, and the University welcomed conference attendees to visit the campus. The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) and Human Resources (HR) Conferences for the SSD were back to back in Bangkok. From September 5-7, 2016, approximately 450 Adventist leaders from missions, conferences, unions and major institutions throughout the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) territory attended the LEAD conference, a first ever division-wide event, according to the SSD Communications Office.
Mr. Ryan Keough, Vice President of University Advancement (VPUA) and others from the University staff represented at the conferences at booths and short talks. About 50 delegates from the SSD visited campus after their conferences. The delegates were pleased learn about how the principles of holistic Adventist education were being applied on this campus.
Following the SSD conferences, the NSD Summit was also held in Bangkok from September 19-21, 2016. About 20 visitors came to Asia-Pacific’s campus. Dr. Sung Ik Kim, President of Sam Yook University in Korea, was amongst the visitors, and he was pleased with our campus facilities.
Asia-Pacific International University is a member of the 114 Seventh-day Adventist institutions around the world. Adventist education is synonymous with holistic education, which integrates faith and health principles into academic learning, thus developing the whole person. Asia-Pacific was honored to have these distinguished representatives visit, and looks forward to future potential collaborations.