The Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA) is a community of Christian institutions of higher learning in Asia which work closely together to benefit each other as well as the societies in which they exist.

The ACUCA Secretariat is designed to be instrumental for creating the environmental prerequisites for active interaction and participation among the member-institutions to take place.

Through cooperation, mutual support, and encouragement, the Association endeavors to help the Christian universities and colleges in Asia to:

  • Develop and maintain their Christian character
  • Enrich the quality of their educational programs and those of the other institutions of learning
  • Re-examine the relevance of their objectives and programs in relation to the needs of a changing society

Currently, ACUCA has 64 member institutions from 9 countries/regions of Asia, namely Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Myanmar, and Thailand.

The ongoing activites that ACUCA supports include:


June 2019

UBCHEA Invites ACUCA President as Panelist

Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann, Silliman University (SU) and ACUCA president, attended a panel discussion held by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA) as a panelist on the keynote address, “The State of Higher Education in the Philippines: After the Reforms and ASEAN Integration,” June 14 at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

Aside from Dr. McCann, Dr. Ester Garcia, University of the East president, and Bro. Ray Suplido, De La Salle University president, also attended as panelists with Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, National Scientist and former Ateneo de Manila University president, as the moderator. UBCHEA Trustees, fellows, alumni, and other partners also attended the panel discussion, which was followed by a fellowship dinner.

From 2007 until 2013, Dr. McCann served as UBCHEA’s Vice President for Programs. UBCHEA, a New York-based nonprofit organization with an office in Hong Kong, supports institutions through its programs and grants to improve the quality of education.

February 2019

Silliman University assumes ACUCA leadership

Silliman University of the Philippines has assumed leadership of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA) following a formal turnover of responsibilities from Payap University of Thailand.

Silliman President, Dr. Betty McCann, took over the presidency from Dr. Rux Prompalit of Payap during the association’s Biennial Conference and 22nd General Assembly held from October 11 to 14, 2018 at the Christian University of Thailand in Nakhon Pathom.

Dr. Jenny Elmaco, director of Silliman’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, was also installed as ACUCA’s Secretary General, succeeding Dr. Esther Wakeman, also of Payap.

Dr. Duk Hoon Lee of Hannam University is the new ACUCA vice president while Prof. Roland T. Chin of Hongkong Baptist College is the new treasurer.

The new members of the ACUCA Board are Nozomu Yamada of Nanzan University, Dr. Sr. Anne Therese Falkenstein of Providence University, Dr. Neil Semuel Rupidara of Universitas Kirsten Satya Wacana, Rev. Bro. Bancha Saenghiran of Assumption University, and Dr. Fr. Thomas C. Matthew of Christ University.

The new officers were installed during the assembly in Thailand.

Silliman’s presidency of ACUCA follows a rotation arrangement among ACUCA’s member universities.

November 2017

2018 International Conference on Mission Studies - CALL FOR PAPERS

"Answering The Call: Mission In Time Of Terror" (May 30-June 1, 2018)

In recent years, missionaries, faith-based development workers, and Churches around the world are experiencing an escalating threat of violence from various terrorist groups. Some are targeted, not for their faith but because they are easy targets. Religious extremism (e.g. ISIL, Abu-sayyaf, Christian militias, etc.) that emerged in the 21st century has challenged Churches, theologians and missiologists to revisit Christian’s understanding of mission.

Through keynote presentations and group discussion after each speaker, this conference will provide opportunities to deepen our understanding of Christian mission, inter-religious relations, the patterns of religious extremism and the nature and scope of our moral responses to them.

Submission Details: December 15, 2017.

For complete details see this accompanying document.

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