University description (as per official university website)
Statement of Mission
The mission of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies is to develop leaders through distinctively Seventh-day Adventist graduate education, excelling in spirituality, research, instruction, and service to the church and society.
Statement of Vision
The vision of AIIAS is to be recognized locally and internationally for quality Christian education and competent, service-oriented graduates. AIIAS will be a family-friendly environment, responsive to student and community needs, embracing culture and diversity.
Statement of Goals
The goals of the administrators, faculty, and staff members of AIIAS are as follows:
Support the Seventh-day Adventist Church with graduates who are dedicated to the mission of the church Maintain a community of faith that nurtures a life-changing relationship with Christ and an exemplary Adventist lifestyle Be an influential Adventist voice that addresses crucial church and world issues
Offer programs of the highest academic quality Employ outstanding and inspiring teaching faculty Foster quality research and writing Develop specialty centers for research and service Have a reputation for timely student program completion Integrate faith with excellence in scholarship
Maintain the highest levels of academic and professional accreditation Achieve further acceptance of AIIAS degrees in the home countries and institutions of its students Be well known and respected by the Adventist church membership and the Philippine higher education community
Service to students and community
Provide a friendly, supportive community for singles, families and
children Nurture an appreciation of culture and the arts Celebrate diversity Respond to student, graduate, and community needs Mentor and support sister institutions
Essential supporting resources
Provide an exemplary graduate library Maintain quality facilities and grounds Employ qualified and helpful support staff Provide faculty and staff with appropriate development opportunities Increase student aid/scholarships and faculty endowments Achieve optimum levels of program enrollment Develop an active, supportive alumni organization
Establish appropriate expectations, standards and indicators for institutional performance and outcomes that are systematically assessed Develop systems and procedures that ensure best academic practice Promote wise use of time, abilities, and resources as Godís stewards
Produce graduates that. . . Demonstrate excellence in their profession Are recognized for their lives of service Contextualize knowledge and practical skills to meet local needs Illustrate the ideals of servant leadership Positively influence and support their church and community
History of AIIAS
The Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) was established by
the Seventh-Day Adventist church because of its commitments to meet the growing needs
of the church for college teachers, churhc learders, educators, health professionals, and
tresurers with international level, graduate education.
To be most effective, such an education needed to be offered in quality, affordable programs infused with Bible principles and truths.
Beginning in 1957, several such graduate programs, primarily in the area of religion, were offered on the campus of Philippine Union College (PUC), now the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP). These programs were organized into a Theological Seminary, which became an institution of the Far Eastern Division of Seventh-day Adventists in 1978. The success of the Seminary led to the expansion of graduate programs into other areas, such as public health. Thus, on May 5, 1987, when AIIAS came into being by Presidential Decree 2021, it was composed of two schools: the Seminary and the Graduate School.
From its early days, in addition to its campus programs, AIIAS has offered programs at off-campus locations in an effort to facilitate the graduate level educational needs of the church throughout the region.
In 1991, AIIAS was moved to the present campus near Silang, Cavite. On October 6, 1996, by action taken by the Annual Council of the Adventist Church, AIIAS became an institution of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Concurrently, its mission expanded to incorporate a more global dimension.
AIIAS, as a comparatively new institution, continues to spread its influence. AIIAS Online was established in the year 2001 with the objective of offering quality, Christian-oriented graduate education to dedicated professionals wherever they may be in the world. In 2007 AIIAS distinguished itself as being one of the first Adventist educational institutions to graduate students with masterís degrees from an online learning program entirely on the internet. Also in 2007, AIIAS began the first Seventh-day Adventist doctor of philosophy program in business.