Baekseok University will be hosting the 8th international conference on behalf of IAPCHE on its campus (pictured above) in Cheonan City in the northern south Cheongchung province. The dates for the conference are May 30 through June 3, 2016 , which will coincide with Baekseok’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
In 2006, when IAPCHE held its 7th international conference at the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI) in Granada, participants explored the implications that the existing global context had provided for curriculum, pedagogy, and administration of Christian higher education and concluded that there was need to maintain the broad aims of serving God and humanity by practicing citizenship in the kingdom of God.
Ten years later we revisit the theme of globalization as we gather at Baekseok University in Korea to look at how the rapid global transformations witnessed since that Nicaragua conference have shaped Christian higher education’s core mission and practices. Without a doubt, global changes have brought with them a revolution in information exchange and production, especially through social media. This has expanded access to new values and beliefs as well as shifting job skills and markets. Faster and broader international connections have brought with them increasingly integrated world economies, an international knowledge network, and new information and communication technologies. These changes have influenced the access, demand for, and practice of higher education.
(Baekseok University Chapel)
How have these changes shaped our goal of practicing citizenship in the kingdom of God? With increasing numbers of students studying across national boundaries, faculty members collaborating in research and teaching with international colleagues, as well as institutions constantly strategizing to provide a curriculum aligned with changing global educational trends, how have Christian institutions remained faithful to their mission while responding to student demand for education that guarantees them employment upon graduation? How have administrators and educators responded to these changes?
Please plan to be part of this exciting opportunity to help celebrate Baekseok’s 40 years while reflecting on these important global issues relating to Christian higher education. Baekseok University has graciously offered to cover the cost of accommodation, food, and airport transfers for the first 200 participants at the conference. Priority for those 200 registrants will be given to active IAPCHE members (individuals and those from institutional members).
Having trouble finding time to write? Looking to delve into the big questions of science and human life? Need a quiet, comfortable environment with quality resources available to you?
The Issachar Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis for their Writer’s Retreat in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This retreat is available to pastors, scholars, authors, and graduate students who are seeking to write in one of the Issachar’s Fund’s areas of inquiry. Their hope is to connect with individuals doing exceptional work in these areas, coming alongside them to help provide the space they need to write excellently.
The individual will stay in the Issachar Fund’s available two-bedroom apartment located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. IAPCHE members are invited to learn more about the Writer’s Retreat and consider applying. Specific program details are found here.
Interested individuals can apply at any time. The Issachar Fund will review your application within 90 days.
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