The United Board's Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT) is a five-week residential program that provides space and time for scholars to deepen their understanding of theologies and cultural traditions. Participants undertake research and writing in the broad area of Asian cultures and theologies and complete a working paper while in residence. Over 156 IASACT Scholars from 82 institutions in 15 Asian regions have benefited from the program since its inception in 2004.
In providing this opportunity, IASACT aims to:
- Strengthen theological education in Asian Christian universities and colleges
- Encourage cross-disciplinary as well as cross-religious discussions; and
- Enable scholars from different countries or of different nationalities to work together toward an intra-Asian theological understanding.
Each IASACT class has 19 scholars, 16 from Asia and three from North America or Europe.