Topics on the approaches, types, and roles of leadership were explored during the 19th International Conference on Business, Education, and Public Health of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Students (AIIAS) held at the AIIAS campus on November 20-22, 2018.

“Leadership is perhaps one of the greatest themes of human endeavor,” introduced Dr. Kenneth Swansi, chair of the AIIAS Business Department and Coordinator of the 19th AIIAS International Conference 2018. “Be in the sciences, humanities, or philosophy, leadership has been a matter of concern in the past. It is today and will be tomorrow. It is primarily because leadership provides the creative minority that is needed to develop an adequate response of the challenges that the universe throws at us.”

The theme, “The Leadership Challenge”, opened a new understanding on the significant contributions that a leader is expected to provide in any given situation. The need for finances appeared to be one of the greatest challenges discussed during the presentations. Participants were urged to create a leadership tool kit and to develop a good business model. Exercising team building, empowerment, and building a network of resources were also greatly emphasized during the three-day conference.

“This is the first time that I attended an international conference. I found it to be a very fulfilling experience. It is very helpful, not only for my professional growth, but also for my students because I can share the knowledge that I have learned about how to become an effective leader despite the different challenges leaders have. I look forward to the conference next year. It’s because it helps me to become a more effective teacher/researcher.” expressed Philip Almanon, practicum coordinator and professor of finance and research-related subjects in the University of the Visayas College of Business Administration.

“This year’s conference is wholistically inspiring, empowering, motivating and fulfilling. A great venue for molding the minds of future leaders.” remarked Ryan Ray Mata, charge nurse at the Medical Surgical Unit of Adventist Medical Center Manila and is currently a part-time research teacher at Manila Adventist College.

“Perhaps most importantly, the theme is particularly fitting and in harmony with the mission of AIIAS to develop leaders who excel in spirituality, scholarship, and service. This mission is not only aimed at AIIAS students but is an invitation to every person who chooses to be associated with AIIAS and its values.” remarked Dr. Dolf Oberholster, Vice President for Academic Administration.

In conjunction with the mission of developing leaders, Dr. Stephen Guptill, AIIAS president, focused on the life of Nehemiah during his keynote speech entitled, Seeking God’s Path in Management Leadership.

“Nehemiah serves as an example to us, not only to be excellent managers and leaders for our primary tasks but to take broader responsibility in dealing with the social, financial and spiritual challenges of our people. Seek God’s path for management and leadership. Work to develop people skills. Seek wisdom and learn from other leaders ... I challenge you to consider how you will use this information in context to God’s call to you as a leader.” addressed Guptill.

AIIAS acknowledges the 200 scholars who joined the iConference. Amongst which were presenters and representatives from institutions from within the Philippines and other countries namely: Adventist University of the Philippines; Amadeo, Cavite; Bacolod Elementary School (formerly NMA); Batangas State University with campuses in Batangas, Lemery, Lipa, and JPLPC-Malvar; Central Luzon Conference; Central Mindanao University; Central Philippine Adventist College; Central Visayan Conference; Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba; De La Salle University-Dasmariñas; Faith Adventist Academy, Palawan; Manila Adventist College; Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology; Mountain Provinces Mission; Naval State University; Palawan Adventist Academy; Southern Asia-Pacific Division; University of the Visayas; and Western Colleges, Inc. Naic, Cavite; La Sierra University and Loma Linda University, California, USA; Spicer Adventist University, India; Semyung University, Jecheon, South Korea; Sri Lanka Adventist International School, Sri Lanka; Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Ekumene Jakarta, Indonesia; Universitas Kristen Indonesia; Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia; and Valley View University, Accra, Ghana.

AIIAS invites you to the 20th International Conference in Business, Education, and Public Health of AIIAS. Theme: “People, Process, and Performance”. For the call for papers and more information about the iConference, visit:

Official photos of the 19th iConference

AIIAS is a graduate school that offers master’s and doctorate degrees in four main areas: Business, Education, Public Health, and Religion. It is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters.

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