Southeast Asia

Mika Shaura (Tanasarnsanee), Assumption University

More Than a Knowledge Provider
“Being a knowledge provider and managing a classroom would not be enough,” Mika Shaura realized, if she wanted to bring whole person education into her Japanese language classes at Assumption University in Thailand. As a 2014-2016 United Board Fellow, Ms. Shaura had been introduced to whole person education during her placements at Tunghai University in Taiwan and Gonzaga University in the United States. As she observed their educators in action, she concluded that they played multiple roles: animator, connector, community servant, caretaker, and the traditional teacher’s role as a knowledge provider.

AULP for Eastern Indonesia and Timor Leste

Over the course of two days, 23 college and university leaders from Eastern and Middle Indonesia and Timor-Leste reflected on the current environment for higher education in their region and ways in which educators can respond to both obstacles and opportunities. Through small group discussions, participants realized they shared common interests in the Christian identity of their respective institutions, capacity …

AULP Focuses on ASEAN Integration

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), formally established on 31 December 2015, marks a major milestone in ASEAN’s regional economic integration agenda. For higher education leaders in the region, it’s an opportunity to develop the learning framework and curricula to support ASEAN’s core principles of free flow of goods, services, investment, capital and skilled labor. At the United Board’s Asian University …

Central Philippine University

A Respectful Spirit of Inquiry
“Students need to be engaged in discussions about local culture as part of their whole person education,” Irving Domingo Rio believes, and a grant from the United Board to Central Philippine University enabled this political scientist and mountain climber to turn his fieldwork in the Central Panay region of the Philippines into a teaching module on the conflict resolution practices of indigenous people.

Rith Sam Ol, Royal University of Phnom Penh

Sustainable Benefits from Tourism
Residents of Andong Reusey, located about 120 km from Phnom Penh, felt they were experiencing few economic benefits from the increasing number of visitors to their community. For Rith Sam Ol, a senior lecturer at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), this dilemma created an opportunity for students in her community-based tourism (CBT) course to test newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Herbert S. Corpuz, University of St. Louis

An Educator and a Global Citizen
Herbert S. Corpuz considers himself to be a global citizen, so when he learned about the United Board Visiting Lecturers Program (VLP), he seized the chance to spend a few months at Kachin Theological College and Seminary in Myanmar. “It has always been my dream to learn about the cultures of different people through actual immersion in their community while serving them through sharing my expertise,” he says.

Uttara Sok, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia

Soft and Hard Skills for a Healthy Life
Uttara Sok, dean of the Faculty of Education at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC), has managed a busy schedule since earning his PhD in education management at De La Salle University in 2008. “That PhD program was perfectly designed for educational practitioners,” he says, and in the changing landscape for higher education in Cambodia, there is strong demand for professionals who are knowledgeable about university systems and the means to develop, resource, evaluate, and improve them.

Yoachim Agus Tridiatno

The Power of Forgiveness
“Forgiveness is important for us all, not only for theologians, educators and students,” says Yoachim Agus Tridiatno, a PhD candidate at the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), “because we all experience injuries or mental wounds from the offenses of others.” Mr. Tridiatno found valuable time to research the concept of forgiveness and a group of collegial scholars to discuss its practice at the 2011 Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT).

Neil Rupidara, Satya Wacana University

Setting Clear Goals
“We have to be clear about what we aim for as a university,” said Neil Rupidara, deputy rector at Satya Wacana Christian University in Indonesia, “and make a strategic response to our surrounding environment.” Developing clear institutional goals and strategies to achieve them is what brought Dr. Rupidara and 50 other administrators from 28 Asian colleges and universities to the United Board’s February 26-28 Strategic Planning and Resource Development (SPRD) Workshop, a specialized session of its Asian University Leaders Program.

AULP: A Look at Education Reform in the Philippines

On June 18 and 19, 2015, the United Board convened an Asian University Leaders Program (AULP) seminar at Ateneo de Manila University for leaders of Christian colleges and universities in the Philippines. This event responded to major structural reforms to education  initiated by the Philippine government that will shift the current first two years of tertiary instruction into the secondary …