June 23, 2020
During the June 2020 ACUCA Executive Committee meeting, the officers and members of the Executive Board warmly welcomed five more Christian academic institutions into the ACUCA fold. On June 22, Hokusei Gakuen University, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Widya Mandira Catholic University, and Universitas Kristen Indonesia were accepted into the now 69-member association. The fifth new member is the Wesleyan University-Philippines which was formally accepted during the 24th ACUCA General Assembly last November 7, 2019.
Hokusei Gakuen University is a private university located in Sapporo, Japan. It traces its roots to the Smith Girls’ School founded in 1887 by a missionary of the United Presbyterian Church of North America, Sarah C. Smith. After several expansions, the school became the Hokusei Gakuen University was founded in year 1962. Hokusei, which means north star, was derived from the biblical reference “Shine like stars in a dark world” and points to the Protestant educational philosophy of the university. Headed by its President, Dr. Ikuo Daibo, the university has grown to around 4,000 students across three undergraduate schools: humanities, economics, and social welfare. The university also provides a variety of study-abroad programs and welcomes international students to its campus.
Hokusei Gakuen University campus located in Sapporo, Japan
Meanwhile, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, TWCU, is a higher-learning institution for women located in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1918 with a modest beginning of 76 women, its enrolment grew gradually to include international students. Currently, with its population of approximately 4,000 students distributed in 12 majors in its School of Arts and Sciences, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University has continuously provided its female students with precious opportunities for higher education based on Christianity promoting the liberal arts studies essential for women to be positive and independent. Headed by its President, Dr. Kazu-hiro Mori, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University carries on the pursuit of its goals which are the education for women in liberal arts, the promotion of internationalism and global outlook, and the advancement of Christian principles.
Tokyo Woman’s Christian University campus located in Tokyo, Japan
Widya Mandira Catholic University (Universitas Katolik Widya Mandira) is a private higher-education institution, founded by a Catholic Foundation known as Yayasan Pendidikan Katolik Arnoldus (Arnoldus Catholic Educational Foundation) in 1982. The university is located in the city of Kupang (Timor), eastern Indonesia. It is recognized by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, and is also accredited by the National Board of Accreditation for Tertiary Education (Badan Akreditasi Nasional – Perguruan Tinggi or BAN-PT). The University has a population of over 8.000 students. Headed by its President, Rev. Fr. Dr. Philipus Tule, SVD, the University constantly upholds its vision to be an educational and academic community, which is excellent and creative based on Christian and local values with global orientation. Widya Mandira is much more than just a name. Implied by this name (Widya means knowledge and Mandira means tower), it has a special meaning and mission to be a “Tower of Knowledge”. It is the University’s mission to serve with a heart, based on the Gospel of John (10,10): “… that they may have life in abundance” (Ut Vitam Habeant Abundantius).
Widya Mandira Catholic University located in Kupang, Indonesia
Located in Jakarta Indonesia, Universitas Kristen Indonesia (Christian University of Indonesia) was founded in 1953 as a result of the establishment of the Indonesia Council of Churches shortly after the independence of Indonesia in 1945. With a total population of more than 4,300 students, the University maintains two main campuses: Campus A is located in Central Jakarta and Campus B in Cawang, East Jakarta. Headed by its Rektor, Dr. Dhaniwara Harjono, S.H., M.H., M.B.A., Universitas Kristen Indonesia (UKI) continues to pursue its mission of improving the quality of its graduates with integrity and competence in their fields to be able to compete in the global era. On October 15, 2018, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. H. Joko Widodo attended and gave the opening speech at the 65th anniversary of the Universitas Kristen Indonesia.
UKI Rektor, Dr. Dhaniwara Harjono with the President of the Rep. of Indonesia, Ir. H. Joko Widodo
Wesleyan University-Philippines is an autonomous university that offers 45 degree programs, 13 of which have licensure examinations. It was founded on July 1, 1946 as Philippine Wesleyan College. Today it has over 10,000 students in two campuses, Cushman Campus in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, and Maria Aurora Campus in the Province of Aurora. Under the leadership of President Benjamin D. Turgano, the university pursues its mission of providing its brand of quality education imbued with Wesleyan spirituality. Its priorities are its (a) strong advocacy for the care of the environment; (b) commitment to uphold and defend liberal arts education; and (c) determination to reposition the university to be able to navigate its directions as a Christian university in the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
A traditional “dance of thanksgiving and celebration” by Tribu Wesleyan during the University’s 74th Foundation Anniversary. In many ways, this photo defines the education in WUP which aims not only to fill the basket – the minds of its students — but to instill in them the values of hard work, the importance of community, and reliance upon God’s grace.