History and Facts

The Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) was established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church because of its commitment to meet the growing needs of the church for college teachers, church leaders, educators, health professionals, and treasurers with international-level, graduate education.


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 Jan 31, 1986, when AIIAS came into being by Presidential Decree No. 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. More recently cohort programs expanded to South America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. 


In 1991, AIIAS was moved to the present campus near Silang, Cavite. In 1996, AIIAS became an institution of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.


AIIAS is recognized for being innovative and dynamic. 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 master’s degrees from an online learning program entirely on the internet.


Also in 2007, AIIAS began the first Seventh-day Adventist Doctor of Philosophy in Business program.



Ginger Ketting-Weller, PhD


January 31, 1986 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 2021


Approximately 200 on campus, 200 DLC and 250 Online




20 hectares


The Leslie Hardinge Library has holdings of more than 80,000 volumes of reference and circulating books, hundreds of print journal titles, and a growing collection of multimedia and electronic resources. It also subscribes to a number of powerful databases, providing online access to over 14,000 full-text journals. In addition, the library is affiliated with local and international library association and consortia and maintains inter-library loan agreements with libraries around the world providing hard-to-find resources for its patrons.


The Leslie Hardinge Library has 159 journal titles. At present, the library subscribes to a total of 39 print only journals, 28 print + online, and 4 online only titles. The library has exchange agreements for 37 titles (print only) and receives 51 free journals/news letters (print only), except for 2 online only and 1 print and online.


There are more than 40 full-time faculty representing 18 countries


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