The 2019 ACUCA Management Conference aims to empower, equip, and inspire Christian leaders to navigate in the current tide of social and political realities in the region. Transformational leadership is the approach used in this gathering with a realization of what is emerging as well as critical and a consciousness of what is global and holistic.

The 3 day-programme is designed to create a deeper awareness of one’s leadership impact, support leaders refine their personal leadership styles, strengthen their emotional intelligence and ability to connect and acquire the skills that will enable them to bring out the best in others.

Throughout the duration of the program, participants gain perspectives on how they are perceived as a leader while they connect with peers and identify areas of growth.
Ultimately, the ACUCA brand of leadership is defined by excellence, competence, and a spirit of service.

The evolution of leadership has been affected by disruptive technologies which offer new ways for us not only to consume but also create. We can be proactive and tailor content, however, myriad technologies and services make us more dependent on the very things allowing autonomy. As leaders how do you effectively navigate and curate the vast information available? How do we encourage innovation while underlining Christian values? How do we encourage positive engagement while building the skills and attitudes necessary to thrive in the ethos of the modern world?

Over the years, the Association for Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia has brought together Christian leaders educators from around ideas critical to the development of Christian education in Asia and beyond.

Complex issues in our contemporary world deserve a voice from Christian leaders in the East. Lamin Sanneh in his volume Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity has aptly stated, “Christianity is the most diverse religion in the world. More people pray and worship in more languages and with more differences in styles of worship in Christianity than in any other religion.

Well over three thousand of the world’s languages are represented through Bible translation, prayer, liturgy, hymns and literature.”

In consonance with the principles during the inception of ACUCA, this year ‘s management conference strives to provide practical wisdom, useful leadership insights and biblically-based solutions to common problems areas as well as to encourage leaders to do more, be more and do better.

The Program

There is a need for leaders equipped with biblically-based ethical principles and practices which emphasize character, courage and wisdom. The program flow is geared towards supporting the enhancement of skills while also showcasing the expertise or specific competencies of ACUCA leaders.


6 November (Wednesday)


Executive Committee Meeting
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: Board Room

Welcome Reception and Solidarity Dinner
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: Dumaguete City Mayor’s Residence

7 November (Thursday)

Conference Starts

Opening Devotion
7:00am – 8:00am
Venue: Luce Auditorium Foyer

Minister: Rev. Wella Hoyle – De Rosas, Minister for Students and Campus Chaplaincy, Silliman University
(Traditional Filipino breakfast will be served immediately after)

8:30 am – 12:00 noon
Venue: Luce Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wai Ching Angela Wong
Vice President for Programs, United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Panel Discussion: Transformational Leadership, Environmental Sustainability and Creating Cultures of Peace

Moderator: Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco, Secretary-General, ACUCA

Dr. Henry Feriadi, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Indonesia
Dr. Betty McCann, President, ACUCA (Silliman University, Philippines)
Dr. Carmen Valdes, Assumption College, Philippines

Transformational leadership is manifested through leaders who encourage, inspire and motivate in order to innovate and create change that will help grow and shape their institutions. This panel brings leaders to exchange best practices and highlight strategies that not only work but also spark ideation and innovation.

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Venue: Silliman Hall

General Assembly Meeting
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Venue: Guy Hall

Networking Sessions
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Venue: Guy Hall

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: Silliman Hall

8 November (Friday)

Panel Discussions
Venue: Silliman Hall

8:00 am – 9:30 pm Panel Discussion: Internationalization Strategies and Exponential Technologies in Whole Person Education

In the increasingly interconnected world, higher education institutions strive to be innovative, competitive and global. As part of their internationalization agenda, HEIs have been promoting harmonization of its academic structures, improving quality assurance and increasing regional mobility and collaboration. This discussion tackles the future knowledge via the internationalization of HEIs and also their contribution to local communities. The belief is that HEIs play important roles in contributing to society while enhancing functions of formal knowledge even within the changes in the academic, political and social environments.

Moderator: Dr. Sr. Anne Therese Falkenstein, Providence University, Taiwan

Dr. Mangadar Situmorang, Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia
Dr. Agustina Dwi Retno Nurcahyanti, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
Dr. Earl Jude Paul Cleope, Silliman University, Philippines

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm Panel discussion: Local Traditions and Global Trends: Finding Harmony within the Intersections of Music and Culture

HEIs have a very important role in preserving Christian culture and also in enriching cultural innovation and cultural dialogue in the Asian region. HEIs are uniquely positioned to provide a nurturing space for the technical and the humanistic as well as popular and academic culture. In this discussion, Christian institutions as preserver, transmitter, synthesizer, and innovator of cultures are discussed.
Moderator: Dr. Agustinus Rustanta, Tarakanita School of Communication and Secretarial Studies, Indonesia

Dr. Neil Semuel Rupidara. Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana,Indonesia
Dr. Jakub Rajcani, Nanzan University, Japan
Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista – Suarez, Silliman University, Philippines

11:00 am – 12:00 noon Breakout Workshop Reflecting on the Theme Affirming Christian Leadership in Higher Education: Accessing Opportunities and Addressing Challenges

This workshop aims to gather participants in 2 groups where they are tasked to identify the opportunities and propose how to address challenges in Christian whole person education. These will then be presented to the plenary.

Venue: Guy Hall
2 Rapporteurs

Working LUNCH with Groups
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Reports from the Groups
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: Silliman Hall

Closing Ceremonies
2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Closing Remarks: Rev. Jo Yong Hun, Hannam University, S. Korea

Group Tour
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Our Lady’s Grotto and Garden, Sibulan Town

* Program, Venue and Speakers are subject to change. A final program will be sent as it becomes available.


Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco
General Secretary
Office of Strategic Partnerships
3F LT Ruiz Administration Building
Silliman University, Dumaguete
Telephone: +63 35 4226002 local 450
[email protected]