Muak Lek, Saraburi 18180
Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist
Schools, Colleges, and Universities
Preparation of the Self-study
This self-study report is the result of the effort of many people. Directed from the offices of the President
and Vice President for Academic Administration in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Quality
Assurance it has nevertheless involved the collection and analysis of data by personnel across the
institution. Work essentially began on the institutional self-study in June 2008 with the formation of work
groups under respective leaders, with wide representation from each faculty and also with appropriate
interfaculty representation, to prepare the Internal Quality Assurance for Higher Education Institutions
for the Thai authorities. Each faculty team was assigned to collect data across the spectrum of QA
indicators, namely, philosophy, teaching and learning, student development activities, research,
academic services, administration and management, preservation of arts and culture, finance and
budgeting, and systems and mechanisms for QA. The Office of Institutional Quality Assurance with its
team provided an institutional report across all indicators synthesizing the information from each faculty
into one document. This task was according to schedule of deadlines leading up to the September 2008
visit of the external accreditation team with representatives from other universities. This rigorous quality
assessment is a yearly event. The present report represents a reformatting of the external QA
document with appropriate additional data as required by the AAA criteria.
The faculty work-groups have thus served as engines for preparing the initial reports. The
administrators have overseen and served as resource persons in the preparation of the final document.
The Office of Institutional Research and Quality Assurance, which works in close cooperation with the
Vice President of Academic Affairs office, have functioned to coordinate the collation of the final
documents. The format adopted during the previous AAA visit in 2005 was followed for the 2009 report
with changes in format being made as demanded by changes in the institution.
The College administration greatly appreciates the participation of the group leaders in the preparation
of the report, and wishes to gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the leaders, work groups, vice
presidents and sectional leaders, personnel from the Office of Institutional Research and Quality
Assurance and Mrs Sheila Fanwar, VPAA secretary for producing the manuscript.
The College/University welcomes the visit of the AAA accrediting team.
Warren A. Shipton Wayne Hamra
President Vice President, Academic Affairs
January 30, 2009
Table of Contents
Introduction………..……………………………………………………………………….. … 2
Table of Contents……………………………………………………………..……………… 3
List of Committees ………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Institutional Quality Assurance Preparation Team……………………………………… 5
List of Appendices…………………………………………………………………………. . 6
Part A: Criteria 1-12
Criterion 1: History, Philosophy, Mission and Objectives……………………..…….. 10
Criterion 2: Spiritual Development, Service and Witnessing …………………...….. 16
Criterion 3: Governance, Organization and Administration …………………………. 21
Criterion 4: Finances, Financial Structure and Industries …………………………… 28
Criterion 5: Programs of Study …………………………………………………………. 41
Criterion 6: Faculty and Staff …………………………………………………………… 52
Criterion 7: Library and Resource Centers …………………………………………… 64
Criterion 8: Academic Policies and Records …………………………………………… 77
Criterion 9: Student Services .....………………………………………………………....84
Criterion 10: Physical Plant and Facilities ..……………………………………………. 98
Criterion 11: Public Relations and External Constituencies …………………………. 105
Criterion 12: Student Recruitment and Follow-up………………………………………115
Part B: Progress Report on Responses to the 2005 Recommendations………………………144
Appendices for Criteria 1-12
Asia-Pacific International University
AAA Self-Study Teams
2008 – 2009
Criterion Coordinators Members
Coordinating Committee Chair: Warren Shipton
Secretary: Siriporn Tantipoonwinai
Mack Tennyson, Wayne Hamra, Damrong Sattayawaksakool, George Kimani,
Criterion 1 Coordinator: Warren Shipton
History, Philosophy, Mission and Secretary: Naree Kiriratsakoon
Objectives Mack Tennyson, Wayne Hamra, George Kimani, Damrong Sattayawaksakool,
Criterion 2 Coordinator: George Kimani
Spiritual Development, Service & Secretary: Jeanette Mantiri
Witnessing Johnny Wong, Thirat Somphan, Somchai Nanakon, Ryan Ashlock
Criterion 3 Coordinator: Damrong Sattayawaksakool
Governance Organization & Secretary: Sheila Fanwar
Administration Warren Shipton, Wayne Hamra, George Kimani, Stephen Loo, Naree
Criterion 4 Coordinator: Mack Tennyson
Finances, Financial Structure & Secretary: Pattraporn Paengpanga
Industries Pradeep Tudu, Naree Suwiboonsub, Prasarn Somchom, Ampawa Wongngam,
Criteria 5 Coordinator: Damrong Sattayawakskool
Programs of Study Secretary: Sheila Fanwar
Wayne Hamra, Sajaporn Sankham, Pimpa Cheewaprakobkit, Rodjana Fangpet
Criterion 6: Coordinator: Wayne Hamra
Faculty and Staff Secretary: Sheila Fanwar
Pattraporn Paengpanga, Jan Shipton, San Ti, Sajaporn Sankham
Criteria 7: Coordinator: Damian Ginajil
Library and Resource Centers Secretary: Wilma Lee
Damian Ginajil, Marco Carillo, Nehemias Pasamba, Weerakoon Suwiboonsup,
Criterion 8: Coordinator: Jittapa Winitkoonchai
Academic Policies & Records Secretary: San Ti Bwa
Wayne Hamra, Sheila Fanwar, San Ti, Sajaporn Sankham
Criterion 9: Coordinator: George Kimani
Student Services Secretary: Jeanette Mantiri
Thirat Somphan, Johnny Wong, Somchai Nankon, Sureerat Pothong, Hattaya
Roongroj, NareeSuwiboonsub, Pornpan Saminpanya, Renurat Sommit.
Criterion 10: Coordinator: Mack Tennyson
Physical Plant & Facilities Secretary: Pattraporn Paengpanga
Mitsin Janrawangyot, Reanthong Nunchai, Ampawa Wongngam, Veralisa
Criterion 11: Coordinator: Stephen Loo
Public Relations and External Secretary: Deanna Majilang
Constituencies Suwala Chayaborisut, Le Tan Dinh, George Kimani
Criterion 12: Coordinator: Stephen Loo
Student Recruitment and Secretary: Deanna Majilang
Follow Up Suwala Chayaborisut, Le Tan Dinh, George Kimani, Jeanette Mantiri
Johnny Wong, Thirat Somphan, Somchai Nanakon
Institutional Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Preparation Team
Faculty Coordinators Members
Coordinating Committee Chairperson: Dr Siriporn Tantipoonwinai
Vice-Chair: Dr Pornpoan Saminpanya
Secretary: Sunisa Waleesila
Members: Prapai Plainetr, Jittapa Winitkoonchai, Kamolnan Taweeyanyonghul,
Pattraporn Paengpanga, Thirat Somphan, Damrong Sattayawaksakool,
Duangjai Wongsate, Somchai Nankorn, Somphorn Utsaharamya,
Surangkana Narmkote, Pimpa Cheewaprakobkit
Faculty of Arts and Humanities Chairperson: Ritha Maidom Lampadan
Vice-Chair: Prapai Plainetr
Secretary: Pimjai Chaiwan
Members: Anita Sundaresan, Bienvisa Nebres, Josephine Hungyo, Julie Cook,
Nakhon Kirtijaroonchai, Nola Tudu, Payom Sriharat, Sudpartana Plainate
Faculty of Business Chairperson: Dr Pak Lee
Administration Vice-Chair: Sunisa Waleesila
Secretary: Anchalee Chanpisut
Members: Duangjai Wongsate, Henry Foster, Samorn Namkote, Subin Putsom,
Faculty of Christian Studies Chairperson: Dr Kai Arasola
Vice-Chair: Somchai Nanakorn
Secretary: Surangkana Narmkote
Members: Wann Fanwar, Gerard Bernard, Samart Wongnapapaisarn, Pimpa
Faculty of Education and Chairperson: Dr Connie Meyers
Psychology Vice-Chair: Damrong Sattayawaksakool
Secretary: Pimjai Chaiwan
Members: Ebenezer Belete, Elainie Coetzee, Darrin Thomas, Lalita Kurian, Oktavian
Mantiri, Wanlee Putsom
Faculty of Nursing Chairperson: Dr Pornpan Saminpanya
Vice-Chair: Orapen Pongklum
Secretary: Petcharat Eiam-laor
Members: Ampaiwan Toomsaen, Chantana Lortajakul, Jirawan Klommek, Naree
Chuangsawang, Nirassiri Rojanadhankul, Sawapa Vichitvatee, Sucheewa
Faculty of Science Chairperson: Dr Joy Kurian
Vice-Chair: Dr Kamolnan Taweeyanyonghul]
Secretary: Monte Cheney
Members: Elvin Walemba, Rodchana Fangpet, Sarapee Hamra
List of Appendices
1-A Guidelines for Ethical Professional Behavior in Research (1.5.1)
1-B Code of Ethics (1.5.2)
1-C Freedom of Harassment Policy (1.5.3)
1-D Risk Management Plan (1.5.4)
2-A Spiritual Master Plan (2.1.1)
2-B Faculty and Staff Spiritual Involvement (2.2.2)
3-A Letter of Authorization from the Ministry of University Affairs (3.1.1)
3-B University Council Members 2009 – 2010 (3.1.3)
3-C University Board of Directors Membership 2006-2010 (3.2.1)
3-D Current Constitution and By-Laws (3.2.3)
3-E Administrative Organizational Chart 2008-2009 (3.5)
3-F Flow Chart of Committee Structure 2008-2009 (3.6)
3-G Asia-Pacific International University Faculty Recruitment Policy (3.8.1)
3-H Asia-Pacific International University Advanced Study Policy (3.8.2)
3-I Induction Day Program 2008 (3.8.3)
3-J Academic Cooperation Agreements (3.10.1)
Adventist College Abroad
La Sierra University
Loma Linda University
University of Technical Education
Wenzao Ursuline College of Language
3-K Accreditation Certificates and Letters of Approval for Thai Programs (3.11.2)
Government Approvals and Letters for International Programs
Accounting and Entrepreneurship
Computer Information System
Master of Education
Psychology and Education
3-L Conflict of Interest Statement (3.12)
3-M Position Description for Program Coordinator (3.14)
3N Evacuation Emergency Procedures (3.15)
4-A Financial Statements (4.2)
4-B Risk Management Plan (4.8)
4-C Human Resource Planning (4.9)
5-A Instructor-Student Ratio (5.5)
5-B Standardized Grading System (5.6.1)
5-C Samples of External Moderation (5.6.6)
5-E Policy on Supplementary Assessments (5.8.8)
6-A Faculty Members (6.1.2)
6-B Administration and Staff (6.1.2)
6-C Faculty Teaching Load Analysis 2007-2008 (6.2.8)
6-D Performance Evaluation Instrument (6.5)
6-E Scholarly Activity Report (6.7.1)
6-F Church Annual Nominating Officers 2008 (6.8)
7-A Library Employee’s Position Descriptions (7.1.2)
7-B Library Organization Flow Chart (7.1.3)
7-C Acquisitions Polices (7.2)
7-D Inter-library and Document Delivery Service Policy (7.2)
7-E Available Funds and Spending—Main Library (7.3)
7-F Available Funds and Spending—Media Center (7.3)
7-G Available Funds and Spending—Nursing Library, Bangkok (7.3)
7-H Academic Search Premier Database Usage Report (7.5.3)
8-A English Proficiency Entry Policy (8.2.3)
8-B Academic Calendars 2008-2009 (8.3.5)
8-C Course Outline Template and Sample Course Outline (8.6.1)
8-D Grade Distribution (8.7)
9-A Flow Chart and Position Descriptions (9.1.1)
9-B Student Statistics (9.3.2)
9-C Food Service Questionnaire (9.6.10)
9-D Work Program Policy/Guidelines (9.7)
9-E Student Health Care Terms and Conditions (9.12.1)
9-F Student Association Constitution (9.13.3)
Criterion 10 (No Appendices)
11-A Faculty Research Publication Plan 2008-1012 (11.1.2)
12-A Marketing Master Plan 2007-2012 (12.2.1)
12-B Marketing and Recruitment Plan 2009-2010 (12.2.2)
12-C Orientation Questionnaire (12.5.3
History, Philosophy, Mission, and Objectives
Thesis: The institution must have developed a concise official statement of its mission,
purposes, and objectives, approved by its Board.
1.1 History of the Institution
Asia-Pacific International University, as it is today, represents a union of three proud Adventist
institutions: Southeast Asia Union College, Singapore (roots to 1905), Bangkok Adventist
Hospital School of Nursing (est. 1947), and Mission College, Muak Lek Campus (est. 1988).
1.1.1 Southeast Asia Union College
The oldest of these institutions is Southeast Asia Union College in Singapore (SAUC), originally
established by The Seventh-day Adventist church first as a small school in 1905 then as a
training college (1908).
During the 1950s the school commenced a period of significant academic metamorphosis that
would turn it from an institution of secondary education to one of higher education. In the late
sixties, the institution developed into a small liberal arts college. The first Bachelor’s degree
programs were in Education and Theology.
In 1984, the College began offering fully accredited American degree programs in affiliation
with Walla Walla College, Washington, USA. By the mid 1990s the College was offering five
majors: Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Office Administration,
Religion, and Teaching English as a Second Language.
Unfortunately, by 1996, the government of Singapore finally decided to expropriate the land on
which the College was built to be used for a metro development project and thus the church
was forced to look into relocating its center of higher education in South-East Asia.
1.1.2 Mission College, School of Nursing
In 1941, during World War II, a School of Nursing, to "train competent, caring nurses, and to
teach young people about God's love", was started by the Bangkok Adventist Clinic/Hospital.
After the war Bangkok Adventist Hospital relocated to a new site purchased in December 1946
and a year later the School of Nursing was reopened on the hospital compound in central
The School of Nursing experienced two major stages in its development. The first of these was
the rapid growth and construction of necessary facilities in the 1950s. Study programs also
prospered with the addition of a program in midwifery training in 1955. As the Nursing school
strove to keep abreast with developments in the training of nurses it began offering a four-year
Baccalaureate program in Nursing Science in 1986. In connection with this development the
name of the institution was changed to Mission College.
The School has graduated over a thousand nurses. In addition to recognition by the Ministry of
University Affairs its program has been officially approved by professional bodies like the
Nursing Council of Thailand.
1.1.3 Mission College, Muak Lek
Thailand Adventist Mission first began developing a campus at Muak Lek in response to the
needs of higher education among Thai Adventist youth. The rural setting was chosen because
it was considered more conducive to study being away from the distractions of city life.
The institution was officially opened in 1990 as a branch of Mission College in Bangkok. The
Thailand Adventist Seminary, which had been operating as needed in Bangkok, was linked with
the enterprise. In 1993 permission was given for the institution to grant Bachelor’s degrees in
Accounting, Management, and English language. Muak Lek campus processed its first
graduates in 1994.
Much of the early development of the new campus and its study programs must be regarded a
venture of faith. With limited financial resources the faculty and the students worked together in
building and developing the facilities as their primary extracurricular activity.
1.1.4 New Mission College, Union of Three Institutions
In 1996 as Southeast Asia Union College in Singapore faced closure, the Church began a nine-
month intensive study on possible relocation options. The conclusion reached was to create a
new institution that would combine the quality international programs of Southeast Asia Union
College and retain and develop the Thai programs operated by Mission College.
The restructured Mission College would continue to conduct a Nursing program in Bangkok
and the various Thai programs in Muak Lek. The major transformation would take place in
Muak Lek where the campus would be developed into an international class educational center
to cater for various international programs. The ambitious plan envisioned the institution
maturing to university status and generating satellite campuses in various Southeast Asian
countries. In 1997 the development of both facilities and academic programs started with much
After an initial period of planning, nine international programs were officially recognized by the
Ministry of University Affairs. This was achieved within a period of about one and a half years.
The international program commenced in 1999. The change in the physical outlook of the
campus was equally dramatic with an extensive redesign of the campus and the building of
facilities for up to 1500 students.
1.2 Mission and Vision Statements
The Mission statement as well as the Vision and Philosophy statements of the institution have
been revised following consultation and discussion in faculty meetings and colloquiums and
have been approved by President’s Cabinet and by the Board of Directors.
There have been periodic reviews of the documents, the latest in November 2004 when the
Vision Statement wording was modified by the President's Cabinet.
1.2.1 Mission Statement:
“Asia-Pacific International University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning in
Southeast Asia which is committed to being an international, values-oriented Christian
educational community for the advancement of learning and knowledge which develops and
nurtures in its students, faculty and staff, qualities of academic excellence, integrity, personal
faith and a balanced lifestyle exemplifying joyful, independent, and selfless service to God and
1.2.2 Vision Statement:
“Asia-Pacific International University intends to be a first-class, multi-campus, medium-sized
international Adventist university recognized internationally for its outstanding facilities, the
excellence of its teaching and research programs, its holistic development emphasis and for its
successful integration of faith and learning. It envisages itself serving particularly the Adventist
church and the societies of the Southeast Asian region through a variety of relevant, cutting-
edge undergraduate and post-graduate programs offered on its main campus in Thailand and
through branch campuses. Opportunities for students will be enriched through collaborative
partnerships with respected colleges and universities in Asia, the USA, Europe and Australia.”
1.3 Philosophy Statement
1.3.1 Philosophy Statement:
“The educational philosophy of Asia-Pacific International University maintains that education is
concerned not only with a preparation for this life but for the future life and therefore must
embrace the harmonious, holistic development of the intellectual, social, physical, as well as
the spiritual dimensions of each individual. It is a philosophy grounded in an understanding of
the nature of reality as a created universe. In this world-view, the origins of human existence
and experience trace back to God who created and sustains the universe and who is the
ultimate source of knowledge, goodness and beauty.
Central to this understanding are the convictions:
• That each individual is of inestimable value and is uniquely gifted with powers of
intelligence, creativity and moral awareness that reflect those of the creator,
• That human nature and experience has been marred resulting in suffering, a sense of
brokenness and alienation from self, others, the world and from God,
• That each individual finds meaning through developing self-understanding, social
relationships, and the cultivation of the spiritual dimensions of life.
Based on these presuppositions, an Adventist university education therefore seeks to provide:
• An environment where the rich traditions of intellectual enquiry, academic excellence
and cultural life are maintained,
• A program where the importance of values and the ethical foundations of ones
personal and professional life is emphasized and
• An experience that fosters personal intellectual and spiritual growth and provides an
opportunity to encounter the meaning and implications of Christian faith.
Such an education has pastoral and redemptive dimensions. The institution’s administrators
believe that offering such an education in the context of a nurturing community of enquiry, faith
and concern provides opportunity for the individual student to find personal wholeness and a
preparation for service to God and society.”
1.3.3 Statement of Objectives
The Statement of Objectives is as follows:
Arising from this philosophical framework the specific objectives of Asia-Pacific International
• To develop an international academic community widely recognized for its excellence
in teaching and research in major academic disciplines.
• To provide high quality training in the professions and to maximize the employment
and career prospects of its graduates.
• To provide, through its teaching, curriculum and pastoral care, for the holistic education
of its students.
• To provide a welcoming and supportive university environment for people of all
religious faiths and backgrounds.
• To facilitate in students the mastery of cognitive skills of critical reasoning, independent
thinking, reflective judgment, communication and creativity as students encounter
social, economic and political issues in their society.
• To encourage in students an appreciation for excellence and beauty and the seeking of
timeless values and principles in art, drama, film and music and to foster a commitment
to the enhancement and preservation of the best in culture in all its diversity.
• To provide opportunities for students to develop socio-emotional maturity that will
enable them to be effective, contributing members of families, groups, and
communities in a pluralistic society.
• To assist students in developing an appreciation for the dignity of labor and attaining
knowledge-based competencies essential for productive citizenship, leadership and
service in an increasingly complex global society and to empower students to take
responsibility for their own well-being through a health-promoting lifestyle.
• To create a safe, nurturing community of faith in which students may grow in the
development of personal faith while having the opportunity to integrate into their lives,
Christian beliefs and values as understood by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and
the opportunity for experiencing the joy of service and outreach to others.
• To support the role and the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southeast
Asia by training people for service in such areas as business leadership and
administration, teaching, health care, pastoral ministry, counseling and welfare
1.4 Relevant Constitutional Statements
The statement of the College’s Constitution and Operating By-Laws as they relate to the role of
the Board of Directors was revised in 2007 and approved by the SAUM Executive Committee
and College Council.
1.5 Statements of Professional Ethics
1.5.1 Since the 2005 AAA visit, Asia-Pacific International University administrators have approved
and adopted a comprehensive statement of Guidelines for Ethical Professional Behaviour in
Research for its faculty. (See Appendix 1-A for a copy of this statement.)
1.5.2 A code of Ethics with broad application has been approved and adopted. (See Appendix 1-B
for copies of this statement.)
1.5.3 The University has also approved and adopted the Freedom from Harassment Policy. (See
Appendix 1-C for a copy of this policy)
1.5.4 A new Risk Management Plan document with its Health and Safety Policy was recently
approved and adopted. (See Appendix 1-D for a copy of this policy.)
1.6 Institutional Involvement in Mission of the Church
Asia-Pacific International University acknowledges its privilege and its responsibility to serve as
the center for higher education for the Church in Southeast Asia.
The University has taken steps to establish a curriculum that meets the personnel needs of the
missions and institutions and has graduated significant numbers of youth for work in the
Church. In the development of the curriculum, extensive consultation has been carried out and
at all the crucial steps; the leadership has been informed of the progress and possibilities. Asia-
Pacific International University (especially the international program) is geared to meet the
desires of the Church at large, while the Thai program is focused on preparing workers for the
host Thailand Adventist Mission. Both programs seek to give all clients competences which will
serve them well in the market place. They also seek to introduce all who pass through its halls
to be Christian worldview as understood by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The University graduated its first international students in 2002 and has continued to
experience a steady growth in student enrolment. Many of these graduates are currently
employed within the various Missions of the Southeast Asia Union.
Asia-Pacific International University is still actively involved in the Continuing Education
Program for pastors within the Southeast Asia Union and regularly sends faculty members to
conduct distance learning programs within the Union.
1.7 Analysis of Long Range Higher Education Trends
Higher education in Thailand is in a state of rapid transition. The Thai government wants to
establish the country as a center for excellence in higher education in Southeast Asia and as a
regional hub for the Greater Mekong sub-region. Part of this development is related to the
impact of the WTO (World Trade Organization) and the FTA (Free Trade Association).
The higher education system has been deregulated and opened to overseas competition.
Consequently, a number of new foreign higher education programs are being established in the
country with both the Thai and International programs experiencing rapid growth.
Traditionally, the Thai educational philosophy has included a moral and ethical component in
higher education that makes it easier to retain a distinctive Seventh-day Adventist ethos.
Taking all these factors into consideration, it is, therefore, vital that Asia-Pacific International
University uses every available opportunity to continue in its efforts to become an
internationally recognized university and to remain competitive by regularly upgrading its
curricula and teaching staff.
Spiritual Development, Service, and Witnessing
Thesis: A Well Organized and Culturally Sensitive Program for Spiritual
Development, Service, and Witnessing is Essential for a Confessional Institution.
2.1 Spiritual Master Plan, Responsibilities and Evaluation Procedures
2.1.1 The Spiritual Master Plan serves as a tool for coordination, appraisal and development of the
University’s spiritual activities. It is not intended to be a static document. Rather, it is in a
continuous process of growth, redefinition appraisal, and maturation. The plan was revised in
December 15, 2008. A copy is found in Appendix 2-A.
2.1.2 The University intentionally plans the themes and topics for its weekly Chapel programs to
address the central beliefs and values of the institution. These beliefs and values are detailed
in the Spiritual Master Plan.
2.1.3 All spiritual programs have been closely monitored and periodically evaluated. The planning
and scheduling of spiritual events, the records of baptisms and the involvement of students in
witnessing and outreach activities have been checked. In addition, faculty, staff and student
participation in spiritual programs is evaluated routinely.
2.2 Faculty & Staff Involvement in the Spiritual Development of Students
2.2.1 The University expects all faculty and staff to lead by example in religious and spiritual activities
and in the spiritual nurture of students. This is an issue that is specifically identified as a
priority item in position descriptions and is addressed in recruitment interviews and highlighted
with applicants for employment at the institution. It is the conviction of the administration that
effectiveness in the spiritual nurture of students grows out of an individual’s personal dynamic
spiritual experience. The importance of personal spirituality as it relates to Christian teaching is
frequently a theme that is discussed and reflected on in faculty meetings, committee meetings,
orientation sessions and worship periods.
2.2.2 An evaluation study conducted in 2008/9. See Appendix 2-B, indicated that most faculty and
staff actively participate in spiritual activities and share their faith with students.
Faculty and staff are faithful and spiritually mature: their involvement varies from faculty
worships, chapel exercises, vespers, Sabbath morning services and AY programs. Many
faculty and staff are committed to in-reach and out-reach programs.
Many faculty and staff also actively introduce their students to Jesus Christ. The most basic of
methods used are to commence classes with prayer, to speak positively about Christian values
through the integration of faith and learning and consistently to live according to the ethical and
moral principles enunciated. Out of those contacted 44 students and children of faculty and
staff accepted Jesus Christ in made public witness via baptism.
Most faculty and staff also serve as church officers and use their talents to facilitate both
University and church spiritual programs in various capacities. This may involve activities such
as accepting a church office, leadership of a church department, public involvement in church
programs, serving on church committees and in a number of other small unnoticed ways.
Others are involved in non-public informal roles such as counseling with students, sharing
concerns, being available to listen to a student's personal dilemma, while yet others are
involved in activities and roles in spiritual activities on the Bangkok campus.
2.3 Student Involvement in In-reach, Service, & Witnessing Programs
2.3.1 Many students are involved in “in-reach” and “out-reach” programs. These include dormitory
worships, Chapels, Vespers, choir and other musical groups, Bible study groups, Prayer
groups, ongoing Branch Sabbath Schools and regular public evangelistic projects. In addition
we conduct two Festival of Faith programs annually where many students are involved and
some are baptized.
2.3.2 According to the Admission and Record office there are 934 students enrolled in 2008-2009
and 46.47 percent of them are Seventh-day Adventists. There are 437 students in the
International program where 67 percent are Adventists. There are 348 students in the Thai
program at Muaklek campus, including first year nursing students, where only 39 percent are
Adventists. In Bangkok Nursing campus there are 149 students and only 10 percent are
Judging from the ratio of Adventist and non-Adventists it is noted that the spiritual condition at
the University, particularly Mission Heights campus is reasonable. Out of ten spiritual
programs available per week 84.2 percent of students attend five times or more. The
percentage is higher among Thai students, 89 percent. A total of 81.4 percent of students are
involved in Student Community Outreach projects at least once per month, while 27.5 percent
participated three to four times a month. Most of those who have participated, 95 percent,
indicated that they were satisfied with the outreach projects, with 22.3 percent indicating that
they were very satisfied.
The spiritual programs at the institution are relevant and culturally appropriate. The majority of
students indicated that they like the song services or the Christian music programs more than
any other programs.
Students regularly participated in various spiritual activities. Their in-reach participation rates
are very high. It is noted that even non-SDA students, 40.6 percent participated in the Week of
Prayer and about 10 percent of them join prayer groups. A similar percentage of students
participated in Bible study groups, visitation teams and other activities. Some non-SDA
students, 9.8 percent, are even involved in sharing the gospel message, while 4.4 percent are
involved in direct evangelistic projects. The participation rates for the SDA students are much
higher in all spiritual activities.
Therefore, it is concluded that the spiritual condition of the University, especially at the Mission
Heights campus is very encouraging though never entirely satisfactory. There was no formal
study done at the nursing campus in Bangkok. However, it is believed that the spiritual
condition there is much better after several baptized first-year nursing students have moved to
Bangkok and are actively participating in spiritual activities there. In addition, a special
appointment has been made of an Associate Vice President of Student Administration to cater
specifically to the spiritual needs of Bangkok students and their nurturing.
2.3.2 Outreach services and witnessing activities in which students are currently involved at Mission
Heights campus cover a wide range of activities.
Ongoing Outreach Activities
No. Type of Activity Frequency
01 AIDS Hospice Ministry, Lopburi Fortnightly
02 Anghin Village Branch Sabbath School, Pakchong, Korat Weekly
03 Khao Mai Kwean Branch Sabbath School, Muaklek, Saraburi Weekly
04 Klangdong Village Branch Sabbath School, Klangdon, Korat Weekly
05 Lung Kao Primary School Branch Sabbath School, Muaklek, Weekly
06 Muak Lek Primary School Branch Sabbath School, Muaklek, Weekly
07 Phee Ra Primary School Branch Sabbath School, Muaklek, Weekly
08 Mauk Lek High School Brach Sabbath School, Muaklek, Saraburi Weekly
09 Nursing Campus Ministry, Bangkok Fortnightly
10 Klongpai Prison Ministry, Korat Weekly
11 Barn Chong School Ministry, Keing Koi District, Saraburi Weekly
12 Mission Language Center Weekly
Periodic Outreach Activities
Branch Sabbath School Christmas Program (December 2007)
Staffs and Workers Spiritual Seminar (December 2007)
Phuket Mission Hospital, Phuket Thep Aum Nui School and Tsunami Victims
Health Seminar (April 2007)
Asia-Pacific International University Church Branch Sabbath School Members
Seminar (September 2007)
Week of Prayer at Phuket Mission Hospital (February 2008)
Spiritual Emphasise week at Thep Aum Nui Scool, Phuket (February 2008)
Nature Camp for non Christian 1, Kao Yai (April 2008)
Nature Camp for Non Christian 2, Kao Yai (October 2008)
English and Spiritual Camp at Nong Kee Church, Burirum (may 2008)
Eden Valley Academy Week of Prayer (November 2008)
Other Community Outreach Projects:
English Camp at Nikhomkumsoi Pitayasun School, Mookdaharn (October
Lung Kao School/Teaching Project, Muak Lek (November 2007)
Lung Kao School/Teaching Project, Muak Lek (September 2007)
Freshman Class community project/building Tagraw course/repaint the
library/teaching project, Muak Lek (March 2008)
Barn Chong School English Camp/ teaching project, Kieng Koi (July 2008)
English Camp at Muak Lek High School in cooperation with The Walla Walla
University USA (August 2008)
Kao Mai Kwien School Library Development/Teaching Project (November
Maela Relief Project, Tak (January 2004)
Maesareang Relief Project, Mae Hongsone (June 2004)
Money Distibution Project, Eden Valley, Tak (November 2008)
Teaching English for Muak Lek district Officer (as invited)
Mission Language Center, Muak Lek (continually)
Red Cross Blood Donation at Asia-Pacific International University, Muak Lek
Hotel caroling by the College choir during the Christmas period (Annually)
Aids awareness and prevention programs (Annually)
Drug dependency prevention program at Muak Lek (annually)
Community service projects with other This universities (as invited)
Off-campus singing ministries at other congregations (as invited)
2.4 Role of Church Pastor and Chaplain
2.4.1 An indication of the measure of importance the University places on maintaining a strong and
vibrant spiritual program and creating an environment where students have the opportunity to
understand the implications of the Christian faith and personally encounter Christ is that budget
for the chaplain on the central campus is funded entirely by the institution, (the pastor is
employed by the Thailand Adventist mission (TAM), while the University covers
accommodation and utilities. The pastor reports to the University president as well as to the
president of the Thailand Mission in connection with the congregation’s role in the sisterhood of
churches. He works closely with the chaplain who is a member of the pastoral team but who
reports directly to the Vice-President for Student Administration. Both serve on the Religious
Affairs Committee in developing and coordinating spiritual activities on campus. Detailed
position descriptions have been drawn up to define the individual roles of the pastorate and the
2.4.2 On the nursing campus in Bangkok, the pastor of the Hospital Church (funded by the Thailand
Adventist Mission) serves as a voluntary or informal chaplain for the School of Nursing
students. The Associate Vice President of Student Administration has weekend congregational
involvement at the Bangkok Church in an effort to more equitably distribute the spiritual nurture
resources within the administration
2.5 Spiritual Life Report
At each meeting of the Board of Directors a report is presented by the Vice-President for Student
Administration. These reports address campus spiritual life activities.
2.6 Institution’s Involvement/Support of Off-campus Service Organizations
2.6.1 In its pursuit of service opportunities for students the University is formally involved with several
organizations which include the following:
Thailand Red Cross,
The Lop Buri Aids Hospice
Thailand Ministry of University Affairs Community Service Organizations
The Muak Lek Education Department
The Muak Lek Police Department
The Khorat Education Department
Local District Administration (Amphur)
2.7 Areas that need strengthening and Plans for Improvement
2.7.1 The spiritual life of the nursing campus in Bangkok is our special focus of attention as only 10
percent of the 149 students are Adventists. Most of the spiritual activities occurred at Muak Lek
campus where there is a team of chaplain and church pastor working together. The fact that
there are many SDA students at Mission Heights campus also helps facilitate many spiritual
programs. Therefore, it presents a unique challenge to the institution to find a proper solution
to the current program. In an attempt to find such a solution, an Associate Vice President has
been appointed with a special brief to care for the spiritual nurture of students at the Bangkok
campus. This person is Thai and resides in Bangkok.
2.7.2 The involvements of the faculty and staff in spiritual activities is very positive. Efforts to
increase involvements from faculty and staff may still be needed. Finding the balance is a
challenge for students also like to lead out in the programs. Considering the types of spiritual
programs the students like most indicated that there is a need to continue to design targeted
and culturally sensitive spiritual programs.
Governance, Organization, and Administration
Thesis: The institution’s governance structure is designed to facilitate synergistic cooperation
of the University trustees, faculty and staff, administration, as well as students in the
development and implementation of its mission and objectives.
3.1 Relationships of Asia-Pacific International University
Asia-Pacific International University is organized to meet the strategic mission of the Southeast
Asia Union Constituency in general, and the institution in particular.
3.1.1 The legal holding body for the University is the Christian Medical Foundation of Seventh-day
Adventists, established in 1971 as a non-profit organization to operate charitable entities on
behalf of the Church. It holds properties in trust for a number of different Adventist institutions
in Thailand including Bangkok Adventist Hospital, Phuket Adventist Hospital, Mission Health
Foods, and similar organizations. Appendix 3-A contains a letter from the Ministry of University
Affairs (MUA) authorizing the Foundation to operate Mission College (the letter granting
University status is still pending).
3.1.2 The land on which the University, Muak Lek is located was originally purchased by the Thailand
Adventist Mission and Ekamai International School. Until 1997 together with the Southeast Asia
Union Mission (SAUM) and Bangkok Adventist Hospital, they provided the financial support for
the College’s operations as an educational institution that trained workers for Thailand. The
Hospital also supported Mission College, Bangkok (its former School of Nursing) until 1997. In
that year the Southeast Asia Union Mission assumed full responsibility for the College and it
became a Union institution merging into one the operations of the three previous institutions:
the former Southeast Asia Union College in Singapore, the School of Nursing in Bangkok and
Mission College Muak Lek campus. The Union compensated the founding institutions for their
previous investment and the heads of the two founding Thai organizations still serve on
University’s Board of Directors.
3.1.3 The Commission of Higher Education exercises control over the academic and financial
operations of Asia-Pacific International University through the University Council the
membership of which serves for a period of four years and which is drawn from the Thailand
academic community, Ministry representatives, the Christian Medical Foundation, and the
Church. In all matters, the Government holds the Council legally responsible as a group of
appointed managers. About half the members of the University Council are not directly
associated with the Church, and business is conducted in Thai and English. In 2008 the
government delegated increased authority to the University Council and introduced new
legislation, setting forth the new duties of the Council. Appendix 3-B lists the names and
affiliations of the Council members and the Council’s terms of reference.
As a recognized institution of higher education in Thailand, Mission College is a member of the
Association of Private Higher Education Institutions in Thailand (APHEIT) and the Association
of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA). Asia-Pacific International University is
also a member of the sisterhood of Adventist Colleges around the world and was first
accredited to offer programs on the Mission Heights campus in 1990.
3.2 Board of Directors
By constitution and by-laws, the day-to-day operation of the University is overseen by a Board
3.2.1 Board members are elected by the Southeast Asia Union Mission Constituency during its
general meetings that occur every five years. Some of the members of the Board are ex-officio
while others are elected to serve for stated terms (usually no more than five years). Normally,
each mission president is a member of the Board, as are other institutional heads by
appointment. A number of lay members of the Church are elected to represent the
constituency. When vacancies occur, often times the officers are asked to suggest names of
possible replacements for the rest of the term. At other times, nominations come from the floor
of the board. The full Board meets annually. Between the annual meetings of the Board, an
Executive Board transacts business on its behalf meeting on a bi-monthly basis. Appendix 3-C
lists the University Board members
3.2.2 The Board determines broad policy directions relevant to the governance of the University and
makes recommendations to the University Council on the employment of faculty and academic
programs and policy. The details and executive decisions are left to be implemented by the
institution’s officers. For instance, in collaboration with University leaders, the Board
establishes the goals, philosophy, and objectives of the institution and approves major policies;
appoints the President; appoints other administrative officers and the members of the faculty on
the recommendation of the President; approves the University’s organizational and
administrative structures and ensures that the programs and services offered are of appropriate
quality and are consistent with institutional purposes. Consequently, the Board evaluates the
needs of the Seventh-day Adventist church and its students, and in doing so takes educational,
moral, spiritual, and social factors into account. It also considers the University’s potential for
contributing to the larger community, locally, nationally and internationally.
3.2.3 As the need arises, the Board may appoint sub-committees that serve as study committees to
investigate and assess details in particular specialty areas and report to the Board for
systematic decision-making. The Board together with the Council is ultimately responsible for
the quality and integrity of the institution. Appendix 3-D contains a copy of the current
constitution and by-laws.
3.2.4 One faculty member is elected by the faculty on an annual basis to serve as a member of the
Board as the faculty’s representative to voice their concerns as well as communicate back to
peers reports on the operations and decisions of the Board. Normally the implementation of
the decisions is the responsibility of entities within the University academic and administrative
structure authorized by the Board; the Board recognizes that trusteeship is not administration.
3.3 Evaluation of Performance
Ongoing performance evaluation is a significant responsibility of the Board of Trustees. Yearly
performance reviews are held for all administrators and faculty, as well as General Service
Department Directors and Supervisors. The purpose of the appraisal is to review work
performance and identify gaps between actual performance and job requirements. The initial
outcome will be to offer further training and mentoring to increase efficiency and effectiveness
in the job role. Further outcomes will be to stimulate communication between the employee
and his or her supervisor, to assist administration in employment planning, and to have input
into the allocation of increment increases in the compensation program.
Periodic visits to campus are made by Union personnel and officers of the Board who
intentionally make themselves available for consultation and communication of concerns is an
important avenue for informal evaluation. Such visits also provide opportunity for faculty and
staff to provide important feedback on evaluation issues.
3.4 Communication of Decisions
Decisions made at the Board are communicated to the faculty and staff through official
announcements at meetings of the Faculty and Staff which are regularly scheduled once a
month or through memos. Decisions are communicated to the constituency through sending
Board minutes to all full Board members, which includes all the presidents. Decisions are
communicated to students through announcements on notice boards or during assemblies and
through the weekly University newsletter, NEWSBYTE. Samples of such communications will
be available for inspection in a communication folder at the time of the site visit.
3. 5 Organizational Flow Chart
A flow-chart setting out the University’s administrative structure is available in materials
distributed to faculty heads (See Appendix 3-E). Formal job descriptions of positions at the
institution are available through the Human Resources office.
3. 6 Campus Committees
The standing committee structure fosters broad-based participation in institutional governance.
These committees assist in initiating, formulating, recommending, and approving University
policies and practices. A current list of committees is available (See Committee Members
booklet, 2008-2009) (See Appendix 3-F). The functions, responsibilities, membership, and
relationships are clearly defined and made available through the office of the Vice-President for
3.7 Sharing Information with the Constituency
Information concerning the University is published in different formats.
3.7.1 Brochures, email announcements, posters, enclosures with letters, and are used to share
information. In addition, reports are made to Board members, mission officers, and other
institutional heads, and through them, word is communicated through their established
channels. The Director of Education of the Union also shares information with the field through
regular visitation. The mission directors of education are additional channels of
3.7.2 Periodic visits by University administrators to the Mission territories enhance bilateral
relationships and engender a sense of ownership of Asia-Pacific International University’s
goals and objectives. Mutual sharing and supporting of aspirations and needs are cultivated as
University leaders touch base regularly with leaders and supporters (e g alumni) in strategic
locations through organization-wide meetings and through personal contacts.
3.7.3 Announcements are also made through national organizational channels and government
publications. Asia-Pacific International University has made arrangements with the Thailand
Ministry of University Affairs to be part of its program in promoting international higher
education in Thailand and has been invited to participate in overseas trips organized by the
Commission on Higher Education as either exhibitors or observers.
3.7.4 Promotional teams from the University continue to increase face-to-face contact with
prospective students as well as with existing alumni groups through the student
3.8 Personnel Selection
Besides the regular system of open calls through official denominational channels Asia-Pacific
International University uses a search process.
3.8.1 Most employment vacancies are advertized through Adventist Professional Network (APN) and
through brochures sent to church offices and other locations of likely interest to invite
nominations and/or applications from interested parties. After the stated deadline candidates
are short-listed. Special care is exercised in checking credentials, references, and professional
qualifications-especially in terms of their eligibility for teacher registration or acquisition of a
work permit. When found acceptable, the candidate is often invited to visit the campus for an
interview during which his/her views, competencies, ability to work with the existing team, and
other details are verified. After the visit, there is an evaluation during which a decision is made
as to whether the candidate should be recommended for the position. See Appendix 3-G for a
draft statement of the policy and guidelines for the search process.
3.8.2 The present recruitment and selection of personnel is transparent. Some faculties are
upgrading to obtain advanced degrees in targeted areas so as to be available to fill upcoming
positions in the future. (See Appendix 3-H for Advanced Study Policy)
3.8.3 There has been significant improvement in initiating new personnel into the cultural milieu of
Asia-Pacific International University with the development (and regular updating) of a handbook
for new staff. Formal induction procedures and materials have been introduced and it is
required that they be used by Deans of Faculty or the relevant work supervisors and the
Hospitality Coordinator in facilitating the settling in of new faculty and staff. A formal induction
training day for all new personnel is provided by the VPAA and this is now an annual event
(See Appendix 3-I for an outline of the Induction Day program)
3.9 Employment Policies
Two sets of policies govern our hiring practices, conditions, benefits, and dismissal of
administrative officers. The first is the law of Thailand which offers protection for the worker.
The second is the set of denominational policies detailed in the policy manuals of the Southern
Asia Pacific Division (SSD) and the SAUM. Copies of these documents are held in the Human
Resources office, in administrative offices and/or in the offices of Faculty Deans and are
available to faculty and staff.
3.10 Affiliations and External Agreements
While Asia-Pacific International University does not need any formal affiliations with other
Adventist or public colleges/universities for the accreditation of its degrees, several Academic
Cooperation agreements have been signed with other tertiary institutions to promote
collaborative and teaching exchange arrangements, transfer of academic credit, research, and
service activities and to develop intercultural as well as socio-economic understandings.
3.10.1 An Academic Cooperation agreement has been signed with Sahm Yook University and Sahm
Yook Junior College in Korea. (See Appendix 3-J for copies of institutional agreements).
3.10.2 An Academic Cooperation agreement has been signed with La Sierra University, USA.
3.10.3 An Academic Cooperation agreement has been signed with the Griggs University, USA.
3.10.4 An Academic Cooperation agreement has been signed with the University of Technical
Education, Ho Chi Minh City.
3.10.5 An Academic Cooperation agreement has been signed with the Wenzao Ursuline College of
Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
3.10.6 An Academic Cooperation agreement has been signed with the Adventist College Abroad, La
Sierra University, USA.
3.10.7 An agreement of cooperation establishing a program of exchange and collaboration with Loma
Linda University, USA, provides for mutual consultation in the areas of curricula development
and the education of faculty.
3.10.8 A signed Memorandum of Agreement between Mission College and Avondale College,
Australia, affords both sister institutions the development of a relationship of academic
cooperation through twinning and the articulation of transfer credit arrangements in defined
areas of specialization.
3.11 Accrediting Bodies and Government Agencies
Programs offered at Asia-Pacific International University all have formal accreditation and
recognition. The Commission on Higher Education stringently applies the accreditation
process in order to maintain academic integrity and administrative effectiveness of the colleges
and universities they have approved.
3.11.1 The Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) granted a five-year accreditation of the college to
continue till the end of 2009.
3.11.2 The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) does not accredit institutions but rather, individual
academic programs and these must meet the stringent regulations of the CHE, and the scrutiny
of professional and academic peers. Copies of program approval letters and certificates are
available for inspection and are included in Appendix 3-K.
3.12 Arrangements for Legal Advice
While the University does not permanently retain the services of a law firm, from time to time as
the need arises, it uses the services of HNP Legal Counselors Limited. The institution retains
the services of Nathee Hongratana-u-Thai Certified Public Accountant for auditing matters.
A Conflict of Interest Statement (See Appendix 3-L) is utilized and it is required that members
of the Board, the President and senior management sign it. It is not required of other
employees. Policies on ethical issues must continue to be expressed and updated.
3.13 Evaluation Procedures on Administrative Effectiveness
Yearly performance reviews are held for all administrators and faculty, as well as General
Service Department Directors and Supervisors. The purpose of the appraisal is to review work
performance and identify gaps between actual performance and job requirements. This gives
an indication of administrative effectiveness. Besides this avenue faculty are encouraged to
share their concerns privately or in meetings. A Faculty Forum is available for addressing
widely recognized problem areas.
Performance evaluation of each faculty operation takes place on a formal basis each year
through Quality Assurance audit procedures managed by the Commission on Higher
Education. A rigorous quantitative evaluation procedure ensures that high quality outcomes in
all areas of academic interest are achieved and maintained. The results are public property.
3.14 Faculty Organization and Administration
The teaching faculty of the University is organized by major Academic Organizational Units
(AOU) called Faculties or Departments, depended on the nature of their responsibilities.
Program of study are administered by Program Coordinators who report to the appropriate
Dean or Department Chair. Position descriptions for these roles have been developed and are
available in Appendix 3-M or Employee Handbook (XII – 10).
3.14.1 Lecturers are assigned by the Board to a specific Faculty to teach in a specific discipline area
although at times teaching may be required across departments in closely related inter-
disciplinary areas. Faculties are administered by Deans who report directly to the VPAA and
Departments are administered by Chairs who also report to the VPAA.
3.14.2 The faculty is primarily responsible for creating and revising curricula under the guidance of the
Program Coordinator and for developing and proposing academic and faculty policies and
recommending strategies for their implementation. The Faculty Forum provides an organized
forum for the faculty to participate in such professional activities. Minutes of the meetings of the
Faculty Forum that document faculty involvement in institutional governance will be available
for inspection at the time of the site visit.
3.14.3 Asia-Pacific International University has adopted an integrated system and set of policies for its
two campuses. In many ways the two campuses need to function as autonomous entities.
3.14.4 Meetings are convened on regular schedules, but flexibility is exercised in fixing meeting times
to adjust to the needs and convenience of personnel concerned. An annual one and half to
two-day Faculty and Staff Colloquium is held prior to the commencement of each academic
year and the Graduation ceremonies functions to bring employees together from the two
campuses. Faculty representation on important University committees covers both campuses.
These representatives and efficient email traffic allows communication to function well between
3.14.5 Faculty members have direct access to the President or one of the vice presidents. In addition,
through senior management, their ideas can be expressed. There is faculty representation on
the President’s Cabinet and on the Administrative Council as well as on the Board of Directors
and the University Council. Although the total faculty group appears large, the subgroups are
still within manageable size, and there are established channels of communication that are
quite effective. The nursing course in Bangkok has a well-established system of faculty
3.15 Emergency Policies and Procedures
The nursing campus has a reciprocal agreement with Bangkok Adventist Hospital to assist
each other in emergencies. A draft of evacuation procedure has been developed in case of fire
in the dormitories (See Appendix 3-N). The central campus has developing a comprehensive
Risk Management Plan which covers strategic, financial, operating environment, internal
control risks, external environment risks and safety risks. The various elements of this plan are
in different stages of development and maturity.
3.16 Transmitting Adventist Values and Beliefs
A spiritual master plan for the school has been completed, and the ongoing coordinated effort
of the Board and Administration is used to promote, support, and supervise Seventh-day
Adventist values and beliefs in all facets of campus life, to ensure the spiritual development of
The tolerant spirit of Buddhist culture allows other beliefs to take their place in society and the
Ministry of Education requires the transmission of ethical and moral values at tertiary level.
Such values are transmitted during the regular Chapel periods, Vespers, Sabbath programs,
dormitory worship periods, in the Human Quest series in all study programs, and through
outreach endeavours (in which non-SDA students often participate).
3.17 Suggestions for Strengthening Governance and Administration
3.17.1 Board members are encouraged to spend more time on campus intermingling with faculty, staff
and students at least once a year. Coinciding a Board meeting with such an interactive
experience would foster mutual understanding and appreciation.
3.17.2 Review committee structures and function in order to streamline operations at the University.
Finances, Financial Structure, and Industries
Thesis: The institution must have a sound financial structure and operation in order to achieve
its educational purposes and objectives.
4.1 Commitment of Sponsoring Church Organizations
Report Requirements: A report on the commitment of the sponsoring church organizations to
the institution’s financial viability including annual church subsidies and appropriations from
conferences, union, division, and General Conference, expressed in local currency amounts
and as a percentage of total income, given to the institution since the last accreditation visit.
SAUM is Asia-Pacific International University’s major sponsoring church organization.
Occasionally, other grants and donations are also received by the University from other
donors. Support from SAUM includes:
3 IDE budgets
SDA student subsidies
The Union has an ongoing commitment to give Asia-Pacific International University the
portion of the Union Endowment that originally was apportioned as belonging to SE
Asia Union University. This total endowment was approximately US$30,000,000
before the economic downturn. One fourth, 7,500,000 of it is designated as
“belonging” to Asia-Pacific International University. The University has been taking
about US$340,000 per year from the fund. This is substantially below the earnings
rate – that is prior to the economic downturn. The, idea of course, was to leave the
difference for downturns in the economy so that the University could depend on the
annual annuity. The economic downturn may have trashed that concept. The amount
taken from this funds has stayed constant over the period since the last AAA visit.
3 IDE Budgets
We currently have three Code 1 IDE budgets: Wayne Hamra, Mack Tennyson, and
Henry Foster. This level of funding has stayed constant over the entire period since
the last AAA visit.
SDA Student Subsidies
SAUM is blessed with several diverse economies. For instance Thailand and Malaysia
have a Per Capital GNP of US$9,193 and US$11,957 respectively. And Cambodia,
Vietnam, and Laos have GNPs of US$3,374, US$3,393 and US$2,336. To address
this disparity the Union has chosen to give appropriations out of its operating funds that
mitigate these differences. They give 25% scholarships to any SDA from within the
Union and 75% scholarships for SDAs from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
Currently about 250 students get the 25% scholarships and 100 get the 75%
scholarships. This represents about US$600,000. Even though the detail of the
program has changed since the last AAA visit, the overall level of funding has stayed
approximately the same.
Start Up Funds
Since the last AAA visit, the special startup appropriation has declined from
฿117,998,320 to zero. This was according to the original plan which saw a
corresponding compensating growth in student enrollment. That growth has not
materialized. Adjusting to this has defined the financial and HR activities of the
institution for the past five years.
Table of Appropriations as a Percentage of Revenue
Total Revenue1 Appropriation3 Percentage
2005 113,398,6384 25,219,9264 22.20%
2006 133,149,292 27,597,557 20.73%
2007 129,956,302 22,221,040 17.10%
2008 132,362,011 15,184,056 11.47%
20092 131,529,700 11,352,325 8.63%
Note 1: Excludes IDE Code 1 and bursary funding which was accrued beginning in 2006
Note 2: Estimated/ Budgeted
Note 3: Includes both the endowment portion and the declining start-up portion. The last star- up
portion was received in 2008, so the 2009 amount is the more-permanent continuing amount
Note 4: This excludes a negotiated write-off of a questioned inter-organization payable left over from the
4.2 Most Recent Audited Financial Statement
Report Requirements: A copy of the most recent audited financial statements, a year-to-date
operating statement and the commitment of the University or university to any long-term debt,
including a statement on the plans to meet any outstanding debt obligations.
GCAS has audited Asia-Pacific International University up through 2006. The 2007 and 2008
audits are underway. Also, in compliance with Thailand law, the statements are audited by a
Thai auditing firm. This has been done up through 2008. The most recent statements are
included in Appendix 4-A.
Long Term Debt.
Prior to May 2008, the University had no long term debt. In May 2008, it borrowed ฿20,000,000
from a layperson at a zero percent interest rate. This was used to fund the construction of the
dormitory. It is to be repaid with semiannual payments over the next seven years. The plan is
to repay it out of student revenue.
4.3 Organization and Staffing of the Business and Accounting Office
Report Requirements: A description of the organization and staffing of the business and
accounting offices, and the respective responsibilities.
The Financial Administration of Asia-Pacific International University covers a wide spectrum of responsibilities
Financial Services Headed by Pradeep Tudu, Comptroller
o Accounting Headed by Ampawan Wongngam
o Student Finances Headed by Naree Suwiboonsub
Human Resource Development Services Headed By Yin Pattraporn Paengpanga
o Personnel Functions
o Government Liaison
o Risk Management and Legal (Current Management of this is by Mack Tennyson
General Services headed by Mitsen Janrawangyot
o Transportation and Purchasing
o Plant and Maintenance services
o Grounds and Landscaping
o Store and Supplies services
o Hospitality (Guesthouse services)
Internal Auditing Newly formed Headed by Sarawoot Jaksomsak
The Finance Committee is also responsible for 5 other committees as follows:
o Budget / FinanceCommittee: Secretary Pradeep Tudu
o Student Finance / Work Committee: Secretary Naree Suwiboonsub
o Health, Safety, Security Committee: Secretary Mitsen Janrawangyot
Changes in Structure Since the Last AAA Accreditation Visit
In the past five years the following important changes have been made in financial
Implementation of the SunPlus Accounting System. This was done effective the start
of the 2006-7 accounting year. This enabled us to reduce our accounting staff by three to
four people. One was reassigned in Bangkok to do computer support and secretarial
support. One found employment elsewhere. One took responsibility for the HR
department and one was moved to head the newly formed Internal Audit department. This
implementation has been problematic because of the divergence in church accounting and
Thai government accounting rules. Prior to the implementation the two financial
statements existed independently and unreconciled to each other. Now the two sets of
financial statements are integrated. Also during the implementation, several incorrect
accounting practices were rectified. These differences are discussed in the context of their
impact on the comparability of the financial statements later in the financial analysis
Closing and consolidation of the Bangkok Campus Finance Office. While
implementing the SunPlus Accounting system, the Bangkok campus finance office was
closed. Prior to this the Bangkok Nursing Program did all of its own financial activities and
the financial statements for both campuses were presented side-by-side. Now there is not
a Bangkok finance office. We do maintain a cash receipt function and a petty cash fund
Implementation of distributed spending responsibility to departments. Currently
faculty heads and their departments have full responsibility for managing their budgets.
Staff Reductions. Supporting staffing has been reduced by four or five. This would be
about a twenty-five percent reduction.
Greater Interaction with Thailand Commission on Higher Education. The finance
office, primarily through Yin Pattraporn Paengpanga has been more fully engaged with the
local government requirements.
Implementation of Thai Human Resource Laws for Universities. Reconciling and
implementing these laws with existing policies and church policy has taken a major effort.
Establishment of the Asia-Pacific International University Foundation. This is
discussed fully below.
4.4 Policies for Budget Preparation and Financial Control
Report Requirements: A list of policies and procedures for budget preparation, financial
control, receipt and expenditure of cash, and audit. A description of how institutional mission is
considered in budget priorities.
Careful guidelines and procedures have been established to create a system of financial
control on the following areas.
Cash Disbursement Procedures
Per Diem Policy
Check Request Procedures
Utility (Electric and Water) Charges
Telephone Billing Procedure
Personal Transactions Procedure and Personal Advances
Cash Exchanges Procedures
Departmental Budget Guidelines
Budget Management Procedures
Departments and Budgetary Control Chart
Procedures for Purchasing and Procurement
These guidelines are periodically reviewed and updated and are made available to the faculty
and staff in the Employees Handbook.
4.5 Fund Raising Programs, Policies, Procedures, and Control
Report Requirements: A description of the institution’s fund-raising programs, policies,
procedures, and controls.
Prior to 2007, US tax deductable donations were made via the ASAP organization and the
Loma Linda Alumni foundation. This was troublesome since we had only a loose affiliation with
these organizations. There was a disconnect between the donors and the amounts. For
example, the Alumni association would transfer the money to us, and sometimes a list of the
donors it was difficult to route the donation to the proper student or restricted purpose. Also
both organizations were coming under closer scrutiny from their boards and the US IRS relative
to these transactions. So in 2006 the Asia-Pacific International University foundation was
established. It is a US 501c3 organization based in South Carolina. The board of the MC
Foundation exactly mirrors the University Board with the exception that the University VP for
Financial Affairs is included as a board member of the Foundation. It has the distinct
advantage of allowing the University the chance to directly develop its donor relations. During
calendar year 2007 it raised US$47,709. In 2008 it raised about US$76,359.75.
The biggest challenges facing the fund raising efforts of the University are (1) To address the
fragmented sponsor/donor relations, (2) To raise money to complete the dorm, and (3) to raise
money to pay off the dorm loan.
4.6 Policies regarding Student Fees
Report Requirements: A list of policies regarding student fees, including policies to keep
Since the last AAA visit, the University has annually adjusted fees to reflect Thailand’s
Inflation rates. This remains the University’s position. To a large degree our student revenue
increases have resulted from these fee increases.
As a trial effort to boost lagging student enrollment in the Thai medium business programs, we
are dramatically reducing the tuition rates for that program.
Student tuition and fees have increased about ฿5,000,000 from ฿84.5m in the 2005-6
accounting year to ฿89.5m in the 2007-8 year. This references an increase of about 5.5%.
We currently have the following policies in place to keep accounts current.
A very active and engaged Student Finance committee monitors accounts receivables
and closely looks at any exceptions to policy. They have power to act in almost every
Student Finance issue.
Student’s credit limit is ฿30,000
Students must present a viable financial plan prior to enrollment approval.
Students may not take exams if their financial plans as outlined above are not fulfilled.
Students in serious financial difficulty are dismissed.
4.7 Institutional industries
Report Requirements: An outline of the institutional industries, including flow chart,
managerial responsibilities, staff, operations in relation to the institutional goals, impact on
institutional finances, involvement of students, etc.
Farm. In the past five years two meager campus industries have been started. The first is the
campus farm. Selling mostly to the Cafeteria, it has had a net profit of about ฿4,000.
Translation Center. The more interesting industry is the Translation Center. The Translation
Center has generated the following Revenue: 2006-07: ฿282,936; 2007-08: ฿371,439 and for
the six months of 2007-8: ฿705,646. Most of this is from donations to translate specific books
and articles. The rest of the Translation Center’s costs (excluding student labor) are paid out of
this revenue. Any surplus generated goes to pay for the student labor. This surplus was 2006-
7:฿140,046; 2007-08: ฿-29,093; 2008-9 (YTD): 282,087. The Director’s salary is paid directly
by SAUM. The only other full time employee is Kosin Chanpisut; his salary is paid from a
special donor. There are two management committees that manage the Center. The first is an
operational committee chaired by the VPFA. The other is a publications committee managed
by SAUM. It manages the translation projects.
4.8 Risk Management Program and Insurance Coverage for the Institution, Personnel and
Report Requirements: A description of the risk management program and insurance coverage
for the institution, personnel, and students.
Asia-Pacific International University provides for the following areas of risk management
Institutional: Representatives of GC Risk Management have carefully reviewed our insurance
coverage and have not made any recommendations concerning insurance coverage levels.
Currently we have all buildings and contents insured for 100% of their original cost. With
current building costs, (Feb 2009) we could replace our buildings for that cost. We have the full
personal liability program offered by GC Risk Management.
Personnel: All expatriates, except Code 1 IDEs, have AVS coverage offered by GC Risk
Management. And all travelers outside of Thailand are required to take out STT insurance.
Students: All students of Asia-Pacific International University have an insurance coverage for
o Accident and Hospitalization provided by a local Insurance Company
o Outpatient Treatment would be handled by the self-insurance program established by
The full Risk Management Plan is included as an Appendix 4-B.
4.9 Financial and Human Resource Planning
Report Requirements: A three-year plan regarding future operating finances of the institution
The University has extensive Financial Planning and Human Resource Planning documents.
They are included as attachments to this document in Appendix 4-C.
4.10 Financial Performance of the University for the Last 5 Years
Report Requirements: A table identifying operating losses and gains for the last five years,
and the working capital/liquidity ratios at the end of each of those years. If working capital and
liquidity percentages are not at policy level, the report should identify what timed plans are in
place to ensure that policy expectations are met.
Recap of Increases in Changes to Unrestricted Net Assets
20051 2006 2007 2008 20092
Student Revenue ฿77,087,623 ฿84,753,220 ฿87,227,329 ฿89,468,235 ฿92,467,875
Other Revenue (Includes Cafeteria
Gross Profit or Loss) 11,091,089 22,473,8483 23,858,749 29,817,484 31,509,500
Appropriation 25,219,926 27,597,557 20,545,708 15,184,056 11,352,325
IDE and Bursory Accrual 5,798,057 5,406,400
Total Revenue 113,398,638 134,824,625 131,631,786 140,267,832 140,736,100
Salary Expense 91,070,022 88,382,734 90,638,264 91,375,851 87,010,336
Departmental Expenses 18,184,411 42,513,056 45,447,883 47,403,722 46,696,929
IDE and Bursory Accrual 5,798,057 5,406,400
Total Salary and Departmental
Expense 109,254,433 130,895,790 136,086,147 144,577,630 139,113,665
Operating (Loss) or Gain before
Depreciation 4,144,205 3,928,835 (4,454,361) (4,309,798) 1,622,435
Depreciation 55,277,068 51,280,263 34,806,316 25,965,002 25,965,002
Operating Loss or Gain (51,132,863) (47,351,428) (39,260,677) (30,274,800) (24,342,567)
Working Capital % (Calculated
without Considering Depreciation
and Operating Expense) 61% 75% 77% 92%4 92%
Liquid Assets 59,617,397 80,589,677 83,772,685 89,683,034 88,000,000
Current Liabilities including Deferred
Income and Allocated Funds 65,358,359 87,456,726 87,166,448 75,267,746 75,267,746
Liquidity Percentage 91% 92% 96% 119%4 117%
Note 1: Excludes Special write off of SAUM receivable payable and Accrual of Prior Period expenses. See notes in 2005
Note 2: Estimated/Budgeted
Note 3: Increase caused by changes in Accounting Method.
Note 4: This illustrates the weakness of looking at only one or two metrics to determine liquidity. This increase is caused
solely by long-term borrowing. At the end of 2008, Asia-Pacific International University borrowed ฿20,000,000 to pay for the
new dorm. The proceeds are correctly reported in current assets, but they are destined to be used in constructing the dorm.
We could easily correct our working capital shortfall from policy by simply borrowing long-term against our existing buildings.
The same could be said for funding depreciation
Balance Sheet Recap as of May 31, 2005
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Cash ฿ 48,569,787 ฿ 63,285,732 ฿ 49,583,681 ฿ 59,007,037 ฿ 48,081,912
Investments 17,303,944 32,202,255 29,820,800 14,003,370
Prepaid Expenses & Inventory 670,981 1,610,526 3,110,925 2,428,500 2,535,709
Denominational Receivables 1,986,749 855,197 5,315,023
Accounts Receivable (Net) 22,422,290 10,383,851 6,713,253 5,236,226 21,828,174
Total Current Assets 71,663,058 92,584,053 93,596,863 97,347,760 91,764,188
Fixed Assets - Net 673,918,044 625,891,850 593,930,282 578,920,253 593,694,929
Noncurrent Assets (Mostly LT
Investments) 95,209,307 96,468,387 110,057,693 117,135,505 97,505,128
Total Assets 840,790,409 814,944,290 797,584,838 793,403,518 782,964,245
Operating Accounts Payable 18,021,838 17,721,229 8,683,512 6,474,677 8,631,289
Student and Employee Credit
Balances 7,148,871 6,599,022 11,037,884 7,999,119 5,968,423
Trust Funds 1,646,392 1,916,283 1,793,621
Deferred Income 1,113,591 2,459,345 4,136,241 3,054,059 10,570,271
Student Deposits 5,924,495 4,293,610 5,498,460 5,875,760 6,488,760
Current Portion of LT Debt 1,428,577 1,428,577
Total Current Liabilities 32,208,795 31,073,206 31,002,489 26,748,475 34,880,941
Long-Term Liabilities 3,844,118 22,415,541 21,139,462
Net Assets 808,581,614 783,871,084 762,738,231 744,239,502 726,943,842
Total Liabilites and Equity 840,790,409 814,944,290 797,584,838 793,403,518 782,964,245
AR Turnover 3.44 8.16 12.99 17.09 See Note 2
Current Ratio 2.22 2.98 3.02 3.64 2.63
Debt to Equity 4% 4% 5% 7% 8%
Note 1: November 31, 2008.
Note 2: The turn over as of November 31, 2008 was during the middle of the term so destroying comparability.
For example on Nov 31, 2008, the Thai government owed the University about 11 million for student loans. This will be collected
prior to May 31, 2009.
Consolidated Financial Index
A method of evaluating the financial situation of a University or University is the Consolidated Financial
Index. The score as of November 30, 2008 is included here. The interpretation scale is on the next page.
Factor Strength With LTD Without LTD
Weight Factor Weight Score Weight Score
Primary Reserve Ratio
Unrestricted Net Assets 597,304,805
Temporarily Restricted net Assets 33,839,794
- Property Plant and Equipment (net) (593,694,929)
Long- Term Debt 21,139,462
Total Expendable Net Assets 58,589,131
Total Expenses Before
Primary Reserve Ratio 0.813 0.133 6.11 0.35 2.14 0.55 3.36
Net Income Ratio
Net unrestricted before depreciation 2,221,234
Total Revenue 74,329,544
Net Income Ratio 0.030 0.7 0.04 0.10 0.00 0.15 0.01
Return on Net Assets Ratio
Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets
Before Depreciation 700,496
Net Assets - Beginning 737,036,751
Return on Net Assets Ratio 0.001 2 0.00 0.20 0.00 0.30 0.00
Total Expendable Net Assets (From
Long-Term Debt 21,139,462
Viability Ratio 2.772 0.417 6.65 0.35 2.33
Score 4.47 3.37
CFI Interpretation Scale
Scale Level CFI Score Proper Action
One -1 to 1 Assess Viability to Survive
Two 0 to 2 Re-engineer the Institution
Three 1 to 3
Four 2 to 4 Direct Resources to Transformation
Five 3 to 5
Six 4 to 6 Focus Resources to Compete
Seven 5 to 7
Eight 6 to 8 Experiment with New Initiatives
Nine 7 to 9 New Initiatives
Deploy Resources to achieve
Ten >9 Robust Mission
4.11 Capital Budget
Report Requirements: A specific plan and budget for capital improvements and
expenditures for the last, current, and following year.
In 2006 the University established a fairly high capitalization threshold of ฿20,000. (About
US$600). This is appropriate in light of it not funding depreciation (see the net section). Prior to
setting the capitalization rate at this level, there was perhaps an innocent method of
understating the seriousness of the financial condition. Since the University’s primary metric
for determining financial success was operating results before depreciation, if a purchase was
above the capitalization level, it basically would go unobserved. It would not reduce the current
year’s income before depreciation and would be ignored as it impacted subsequent year’s
The impact of setting the level this high essentially means that most operating assets such as
computers and class room items are expensed when purchased. Even if they are not, the
budgeting and account system set up in SunPlus charges all asset purchases against a
departments budget. Even for the rare item that is above the capitalization level, the
department budget must pay for it. So this year’s capital budget includes only ฿1,000,000 for
new signage resulting from the name change.
4.12 Funding and Use of Depreciation Funds.
Report Requirements: A description of the funding and use of depreciation funds.
Even though Asia-Pacific International University enjoys its modern facilities, there is a dark
side. The buildings were disproportionately expensive for the Thailand economy and they are
larger than what is needed for this size of the University. In addition to this, the Thai
government stipulates a depreciation rate that is higher than the denomination’s stipulated
rates. To illustrate the University peculiar situation consider this following table. It shows the
depreciation levels as a percentage of income for various Adventist institutions and Asia-Pacific
Depreciaiton as a % of % of Total
Operating Income 2006 Income
AIU (Church Rate) 45.0 36.0
AIU (Government Rate) 54.0 44.0
Pacific Union University 4.5 3.5
Walla Walla University 3.5 3.0
La Sierra University 4.5 3.0
Andrews University 7.5 4.5
In the absence of apocalyptic intervention and assuming something other than complete
collapse, Asia-Pacific International University has two possible futures. Either it will either grow
in enrollments to the point that it is fully using the buildings as constructed, or it will not. If it
does grow, it will be capable of funding depreciation and replacement at that time. If it does not
grow to fully use its facilities it cannot fund depreciation and replacement. In the event that it
cannot, then when it is time to replace the buildings it will have to construct facilities more in
keeping with its size and economy. So there are no plans or need at this time to hamstring the
University and the current fee levels by adding the concept of funding depreciation. It
considers that it is doing well in covering its disproportionately high maintenance costs.
4.13 Endowments, Endowed Earnings and Endowment Appropriation
Report Requirements: A copy of endowments, endowed earnings, and endowment
Currently (November 30, 2008) there are about ฿95,799,244 in the permanently restricted part
of our endowment funds and ฿1,052,169 in the spendable portion. The details of activities with
these funds are shown on the funds page on the YTD November 30, 2008 financial statements.
The SAUM Endowment was established in about 2002 without clear stipulations documents
regarding its status. The general idea was that it would grow to about five million US dollars
and then earnings would be available for unrestricted capital needs. The five million was the
level of endowment required for a Thai University application. Its balance on December 31,
2008 was about ฿100,000,000 (about US$3,000,000). At that time the Board (with Union
endorsement) set the principal level at ฿100,000,000 and provided that ½ of the growth above
that level could be used for general operations and ½ would increase the ฿100,000,000 corpus.
At the last glance it was valued at ฿82,883,161.
La Tourette Fund
Also in about 2002, an unrestricted charitable bequest to the University was designated as an
Endowed Scholarship fund. In 2007 the corpus was established ฿8,451,083.
The remaining Endowment funds are similar. They were all established loosely from
scholarship donations from the donor who had the intention of setting up a “Scholarship Fund.”
The corpus balances showing on the financial statements are amounts established in 2007an
effort to operate these funds properly.
4.14 Plans for Development and Improvement
Report Requirements: Plans for development and improvement within this criterion, stating
how each plan will (a) improve the institution’s spiritual mission and (b) be implemented.
They center on the following Goals:
Completion of the New Dormitory
Stabilization of faculty
Continued efforts to meet the program needs of the Union.
The attached Institutional Financial Plan and Institutional Human Resources Plan spells out
how we intend to implement these plans and how accomplishment will be measured.
Programs of Study
Thesis: The curricula and instruction must reflect the Institution’s Educational Mission and Objectives
5.1 Programs of Study Currently Offered at Asia-Pacific International University
Asia-Pacific International University currently is able to offer 14 accredited programs of study at
undergraduate level and at Graduate level. Four of these are offered in Thai medium and 10 in
English medium. These programs and their accreditation are as follows:
5.1.1 Thai Medium Programs
The Thai medium programs were evaluated during the visit of the AAA Accreditation team in
2005 and accreditation was recommended to the accrediting Association of Seventh-day
Adventists Schools, Colleges, Universities in Washington DC. Furthermore, all these programs
are accredited by the Commission of Higher Education.
Name of the Degree AAA Accreditation
Bachelor of Arts in English December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Business Administration in Management December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Nursing Science December 31, 2009
5.1.2 International (English Medium) Programs
The International Program at Asia-Pacific International University commenced with nine
approved programs These were in English, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Applied Theology
and Religious Education programs were approved in 1999 and the Biology, Mathematics,
Psychology and Education, and Computer Information Systems in 2000.
Course documentation of the nine programs was prepared and submitted to the Thai Education
Authorities for accreditation. The Ministry of University Affairs granted accreditation to the
English, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Applied Theology and Religious Education programs in
June 2002 and the Biology, Mathematics, Psychology and Education, and Computer
Information Systems in June 2003.
The International (English medium) programs were evaluated during the visit of the AAA
Accreditation team in 2005 and accreditation was recommended to the accrediting Association
of Seventh-day Adventists Schools, Universities, Universities in Washington DC.
Name of the Degree Date AAA
by CHE Expiration Date
Bachelor of Arts in English Language June 2002 December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting June 2002 December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship June 2002 December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (Applied Theology) June 2002 December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (Religious Education) June 2002 December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Science in Biology June 2003 December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education June 2003 December 31, 2009
Bachelor of Business in Administration Computer June 2003 December 31, 2009
Master of Education (TESOL) October 2004 December 31, 2009
All degree structures and the requirements for the undergraduate degrees offered by the
University are set out in the Asia-Pacific International University Bulletin. The minimum of
number of credit points varies to correspond with the Commission’s requirements. Included in
the minimum are the general studies courses and those courses that are part of a distinctively
Adventist degree. These are required for the completion of a degree. The actual total required
for each program varies according to the discipline being studied.
The course sequences are carefully arranged to ensure that prerequisites are met before
students are permitted to advance. The progression is carefully spelt out in the official program
of study documents, which are available for inspection. Course descriptions are carefully
defined and published in the documents for the programs of studies and in the official
One credit point of academic work at Asia-Pacific International University is defined as one
class period per week for 15 weeks. As a general rule it is expected that each credit point of
study will demand of an average student approximately 3 hours of academic work per week
including lecture, tutorial, clinical, laboratory appointments as well as individual study and
research. Laboratory courses may require more hours since one credit of laboratory is defined
as 3 class periods per week. An academic load of 15 credit points will thus involve the average
student in approximately 45 hours of academic work per week. An additional week per
semester is utilized for the conducting of final examinations.
Students in the Thai medium program are generally able to take a higher number of credit
points per semester (18-21), due to higher total number of credits required to complete the
degree, but the expectation of work outside of class is commensurately lower.
5.1.3 Graduate Programs
A Master of Education degree program is offered with TESOL as a specialty. This is offered to
meet the needs of Adventist International Schools in Thailand and at schools in the
constituency. It is a 36 credit program that is offered in three modes two of which involve
partnership with Avondale University. The degree is approved by the Commission of Higher
Education. The program was accredited in 2009.
A Master of Education degree program in Teaching also has been developed. This course has
been approved by the Commission of Higher Education, August 14, 2007. We are seeking
approval from AAA during this visit. The Masters in TESOL degree was approved July 23,
Approval for a Graduate Diploma in Teaching was obtained on July 2, 2007. This program
requires a 24 credit post baccalaureate diploma program for students who have completed a
degree in a discipline other than education but who need professional education studies in
order to obtain a license to teach.
5.2 Programs and Procedures that Ensure the Integration of Faith with Teaching
The following strategies have been adopted to ensure the integration of faith and learning:
5.2.1 Faculty are required to report in their course outlines the contribution that each course makes
to the University’s mission and objectives and to the particular programs of studies in which the
course is offered. Course outlines including chosen textbooks are reviewed by the Deans of
5.2.2 On the Mission Heights campus all full-time teachers who are employed are Christian teachers
who uphold Adventist Church standards and beliefs. The recruitment process for new faculty
includes careful scrutiny of commitment to mission and active involvement in congregational
life. On the Nursing Campus in Bangkok teachers are generally drawn from the graduates of
the program and are familiar with the mission and objectives of the University.
5.2.3 Institutional activities and events that foster the promotion and transmission of SDA values and
beliefs are as follows:
Teachers are encouraged to model Christian values and lifestyle and to find ways to help
students relate their disciplines with Christian values.
All faculty are required to make a commitment to the pastoral nurture and care of students
as a condition of their employment.
Faculty are actively involved in the religious life of the campus through worships, chapels,
assemblies, Sabbath outreach activities, choirs, visits to off-campus churches and in many
Faculty and staff worship is held in the various faculty and other organization units on a
specified day each week.
Many teachers begin class periods with prayer and this is encouraged by the
Faculty are actively encouraged to address religious and philosophical issues that may
arise in class at the interface between the discipline and Christian faith.
5.2.3 Courses in the General Education requirement in the Thai Program include the following:
Ethics, Fundamentals of Christian Faith, History of the Western Religious Tradition,
Comparative Religion, Introduction to Sacred Literature. Twelve credit-points of study are
dedicated to religious/spiritual themes in the Thai curriculum.
5.2.4 General Education courses in the International curriculum that address the integration of
spiritual concerns with learning are Ethical Models, Introduction to Christian Philosophy, History
of Religious Traditions, Marriage and Family, Home and Life Values, Introduction to Sacred
Literature, the Human Quest Series Man and His Destiny. Eighteen credit-points of study in the
International curriculum are concerned with religious and spiritual themes.
In the International program curricula a focused attempt is made to integrate the different
disciplines with Christian beliefs in the four-course series “Human Quest,” which is team-
taught. Other classes include, where appropriate, the use of the Spirit of Prophecy and the
The “Human Quest” series was reviewed and revamped in 2004 within the parameters
allowed by the accrediting body and focused attention on making these subjects
meaningful courses for the integration of faith and learning.
5.2.5 In the Nursing program, students are required to study 4 courses that address values and
spiritual concerns. Those are listed as General Education Courses.
5.2.6 In the student evaluation of faculty being done every semester, students are given the
opportunity to assess how the lecturers convey Christian ethical and moral values in their
5.3 Institutional Procedures for Curriculum Development and Implementation and Change
5.3.1 The following sequence outlines the Asia-Pacific International University approval procedure for
the development of new programs of study. Any new programs would be processed in keeping
with the approval procedure.
Step Approval Procedure
1. Department Chair and /or Dean initiates discussion of new initiatives and/or curriculum development
and improvement at faculty level and seeks Faculty Approval
2. Department Chair develops and outline “draft” proposal
3. Approval “in principle” of draft proposal by Curriculum Committee/Academic Affairs Committee
4. Review of proposal by Dean’s Council in context of Institutional Academic Master Plan or other strategic
5. Approval “in principle” of draft proposal by President’s Cabinet if there are significant resource
6. Approval “in principle” of draft proposal by Board of Directors and consultation with officers of SSD
Board of Higher Education
7. Department Chair and/or Faculty Dean and members of faculty conduct feasibility study which
investigates the following: perceived demand for course, market survey, cost of delivery of program,
projected enrolment requirement, availability of faculty, employment prospects for graduates,
professional body requirements
8. Development of full program documentation by department Chair/Dean
9. Approval of feasibility study and program document by Academic Board and Senate
10. Review and approval of program document by external Advisory Panel as required by the Commission
on Higher Education, Ministry of Education of the Government of Thailand. (CHE requires committee of
ten; 5 academics external to institution, 5 academics internal to institution)
11. Approval of feasibility study and program document by Board of Directors
12. Approval of feasibility study and program document by SSD Board of Higher Education and site visit if
13. Submission of program document to University Council for approval
14. Submission of program document to CHE
15. Approval of program document by CHE following site visit
16. Approval of program by Professional Body if appropriate
Circulation of program document 3 weeks prior to meeting of panel response of Panels usually involves
17. Response of University to recommendations of a Accreditation panels
Response of University to conditions set by Accreditation Panel
Approval of University Board required if conditions are set
New Program of Studies
Development and Approval Procedure
5.3.2 The following sequence outlines the Asia-Pacific International University approval procedure for
improvement and modification of curriculum:
No. Approval Procedure
1. Department Chair and/or Dean or Faculty member initiates discussion for curriculum
improvement at faculty level
2. Approval by Faculty/Department or course team of proposed improvements and changes
3. Department Chair develops an outline “draft” proposal
4. Proposal is submitted to Academic Board for consideration and approval in principal
5. Proposal is submitted to Dean’s Council for review in the context of Institutional Academic
Master Plan or other strategic needs
6. Review of proposal by President’s Cabinet if there are significant resource implications
such as additional staffing or additional classroom or laboratory needs
7. Development of full documentation for improvement of curriculum including identification of
problems, rational for change, and advantages of the change submitted to Academic Board
8. Review of Program Curriculum improvements by external advisory panel required by
Thailand CHE. (CHE requires a committee of academics, three of whom are external to the
institution, and two academics internal to the institution)
9. Department Chair and/or Faculty Dean reports to Academic Board on results of external
advisory committee consideration and suggests the responses that might be needed if
conditions or recommendations are set or made by the External Advisory Board
10. Submission of Program Document to CHE
Approval Procedure for Improvement and Modification of Curriculum
5.4 Procedures for Evaluating Professional Programs
5.4.1 Most years the University conducts a University Experience Survey, which asks recent
graduates to evaluate the effectiveness of their studies after they have graduated, with some
already in employment. The rational behind the survey is to try and establish whether the
curriculum as offered has proved to be effective in helping a graduate to be successful in their
chose career. (See exhibits on University Experience Survey Report)
5.4.2 Most years graduates are asked to fill out a Graduate Destination Survey Questionnaire for the
University to know how its graduates fare as they enter the workplace. Information about the
level of difficulty graduates encounter in finding employment, the nature of that employment
and the remuneration levels for graduates are an indicator of how well the University is
succeeding in meeting this important objective. The survey also gives information on whether
the graduates are employed or plan to work in a Seventh-day Adventist institution. (See
exhibits on Graduate Destination Survey Report)
5.5 Class Size and Instructor-Student Data
The Commission on Higher Education, Ministry of Education has detailed regulations
concerning instructor-students ratios for particular disciplines. It ranges form 1:8 in Sciences
and Nursing to as high as 1:40 in some other discipline. Class sizes are monitored to ensure
effective supervision, instruction, and coaching and within these parameters each faculty
determines its optimum size. The instructor-student ratio in all degree programs for first
semester 2004-2005 is 1:9. Appendix 5-A summarizes instructor-student ratios in the different
programs during the previous 3 years.
5.6 Procedures for the Evaluation and Improvement of Instruction
Asia-Pacific International University has adopted policies that address the evaluation of both
teaching and learning. The document on the philosophy and policy for assessment describes
ideal University practice. (See Chapter VI – 6.17 Assessment Philosophy and Policy, University
Employee’s Handbook and also the University Bulletin)
Other Specific Procedures include:
5.6.1 Standardized grading systems are used across the University but there is variation between
programs and grading. A common policy on grading has yet to be adopted for each of the
following programs: Nursing Program-Bangkok, Thai program-Muak Lek, and international
program-Mission Heights. (See Appendix 5-B)
5.6.2 Toward the conclusion of each semester all members of each academic faculty meet together
as a Board of Examiners for the purpose of reviewing examination papers before they are
approved and administered. Following the examination, faculty also meet as the Board of
Examiners to approve the grades awarded and to review the distribution of grades. The Board
at this time may take the opportunity to moderate borderline results and determine whether all
results recorded are according to the course requirements and regulations. Where results are
marginal, examination papers will be cross-marked by academic colleagues to ensure that
students are dealt with fairly and that teachers utilize the opportunities for peer review. The
Board of Examiners usually includes an examiner external to the department.
5.6.3 Policies have been introduced that provide for professional development of faculty, research
and publication, and assistance for advanced study programs. These policies provide for
funding of activities but require reporting of activities by faculty. It is the belief of the University
that regular attendance at conferences in a teacher’s disciplinary area will help to keep
teachers at the cutting edge of their discipline. It is expected that faculty will attend at least one
conference in their discipline each year. (See Chapter IX, Faculty and Staff Development
Policies, Asia-Pacific International University Employee’s Handbook).
At the beginning of each academic year, the faculty and academic support staff are required to
submit professional development and scholarly activity reports. (See exhibits)
The granting of professional development allowance in the ensuing year is contingent upon
submission of these reports for the previous academic year.
Faculty colloquia are encouraged to enable faculty to report on conferences they attended, to
present papers and publications they have submitted, or to discuss issues of interest.
5.6.4 The Rank and Tenure policy requires that in order to be promoted to a higher rank, teachers
must demonstrate that they are giving attention to improving the quality and effectiveness of
5.6.5 Regular reviews of Teaching and Instruction are also part of the Quality Assurance process.
Student evaluation of teaching and learning is conducted in two courses per lecturer each
semester. One of the courses is nominated by the lecturer and the other is nominated by the
Dean of the Faculty. Completed survey forms are reviewed by the Vice President for
Academic Administration, the Dean of the Faculty and the lecturer concerned.
Course outlines are kept on file by the Dean of the faculty and Vice President for Academic
Administration and are reviewed each semester for consistency with the University policy.
Course Outlines prepared by individual faculty are reviewed by the colleagues and the Dean
of the Faculty.
As occasion suggests, Deans or Heads of Department make arrangements to visit
classrooms of teaching colleagues to provide feedback and opportunities for discussion of
In-service training courses or seminars are provided for faculty to help improve the
development of learning outcomes for courses. Where possible Deans are encouraged to
visit classrooms to assist in providing feedback on teaching and learning for individual
Mentoring arrangements are put in place for new faculty members and a funded program of
study in “Introduction to Teaching” is recommended for faculty members who may not have
had previous formal teaching experience or training.
5.6.6 The University is beginning to move to a system where courses are periodically reviewed by
external moderators who are of area specialists in universities in Bangkok or from other
countries and who have taught similar courses. Moderators consider a representative sample
of examination scripts produced by students, the course outline and the course examination
paper. (See Appendix 5-C for details of this policy.) The external moderators are asked to
review and address the following concerns:
Establishing that the content of the course outline has been taught at an appropriate level
for the particular course (200, 300,etc)
Establishing that the objectives set out in the course outline have been met.
Establishing that the material, i.e., examination scripts, assignment, and assessable work
have been fairly and consistently assessed as measured against standards current in
comparable institutions in the international higher education community.
5.6.8. The University has moved to performance evaluation for faculty. This involves the ia systematic
program of performance appraisals commencing first with the University Senior Administration
and then extending to the Deans and Heads of Departments and lecturing faculty, with the HR
Office being tasked to initiate the process and assist with the provision of materials and
5.6.7 To improve the opportunities for networking among Theology staff, the University applied for
accreditation by the Association of Theological Education in Southeast Asia (ATESEA). This
provided additional value of international accreditation for the ministerial training program. The
first ATESEA accreditation visit was done on October 6-9, 2004.
5.7 Academic Master Planning and Priorities for New Degree Programs, Curricula and
5.7.1 The University developed a five-year master plan for submission to the Southeast Asia Union
Mission Constituency in 2007. This document is available for review.
The five-year Academic Master Plan for Asia-Pacific International University adopted by the
Constituency of the Southeast Asia Union Mission in November 2002 indicated that the
University move to university status. This status has been achieved through the addition of two
graduate studies programs. The current master plan considers that additional graduate studies
programs are required in the area of Nursing, Business, and Theology.
Asia-Pacific International University has entered into partnership with Loma Linda University to
offer a graduate program in Nursing at the Mission Heights Campus on an intensive study
basis. The program commenced in the second semester of academic year 2004-2005. A new
agreement has been signed for a second program to commence in 2010 (See MS Nursing
Documentation under Memoranda of Understanding).
On September 29, 2004, the Board of Directors approved in principle the offering of a Master of
Business Administration degree. This proposal is nearing completion and it is hoped it will be
submitted to the Board of Directors, the International Board of Education and the Commission
on Higher Education in the near future.
Approval has been obtained, to offer a postgraduate Diploma of Teacher Education. This
program requires a 24 credit post baccalaureate diploma program for students who have
completed a degree in a discipline other than education but who need professional education
studies in order to obtain a license to teach.
5.7.2 Apart from the undergraduate majors currently offered by the University the current Academic
Master Plan proposes that additional majors during the next five years might be considered in
Business Administration and Science.
5.8 Programs that Accommodate the Unique Needs of Special Students
The term “special student” may be difficult to define. Asia-Pacific International University
currently gives focused attention to meeting needs of students with particular special needs as
5.8.1 English as a Second Language is a particular need of many students. The lack of English
proficiency hinders learning and communication on the University campus. To meet this need
the University offers a tertiary ESL program. Programs are offered at five levels and activities
are particularly designed to meet the special needs of the students who need to improve their
English proficiency in order to succeed in their University studies.
5.8.2 Orientation classes for all international program students are offered at the commencement of
the University study program to enable students coming from countries other than Thailand to
be able to adjust to the new environment and to develop effectiveness in study habits.
5.8.3 Students with emotional needs are cared for by personnel in the University’s counseling
program and by teachers who are committed to providing pastoral care for students who attend
5.8.4 The University gives consideration to accepting mature age students on merit. Some students
(30 years plus) who desire a career change in adult life and who may not have completed high
school requirements are evaluated on the basis of their post-secondary school experience and
on the other informal learning experience that may have equipped them to be successful in
tertiary level study.
5.8.5 Students who have special financial need are assisted through a scholarship program that
reinforces the University’s work-study ethic. Students are awarded a grant that matches the
amount that is earned in the work program.
5.8.6 The University has recently introduced scholarships for gifted student who graduate from
Adventist High Schools in the countries of its constituency region. Students who achieve the
highest grade at the schools are offered substantial financial assistance to attend Asia-Pacific
5.8.7 Students whose academic progress is unsatisfactory are assisted in a supervised study period
for a minimum of four nights per week form 7:45-9:45 (Sunday to Thursday). The student is
expected to make full use of the study period and be engaged in reading, writing or preparing
assignments or using the library resources for study.
5.8.8 A Policy on Supplementary Assessments has been formulated. Where a student has failed a
course because some specified objectives have not been met or an essential assessment
component for the course has not met the minimum passing requirement but the aggregate
(overall) score for the other assessments is equal to or greater than 50% or where a student
has a final mark that falls within 5 marks of a passing mark, the student, upon recommendation
of the Faculty Examining Board to the Registrar, may be granted a supplementary assessment.
The nature of the supplementary work required shall be determined by the Faculty Examining
Board in consultation with the course lecturer according to discipline specific guidelines. A
supplementary assessment will be recommended only if the examiner is persuaded that the
objectives of the course can be achieved. (See Appendix 5-D Policy on Supplementary
5.9 Description and Evaluation of Core Curriculum/General Education Requirements
The University focuses much attention and energy on developing strategies and programs to
ensure that the institution’s programs support and promote the transmission of Adventist beliefs
and the spiritual development of students. Some of the activities are as follows:
5.9.1 General education courses such as Introduction to Sacred Literature, Introduction to Christian
Philosophy, Ethical Models, History of Religious Traditions, Marriage and Family, Home and
Life Values, and Human Quest series. ESL students are required to take a Life Skills Course
for 3 periods per week.
5.9.2 Adventist beliefs are covered in courses such as the “Human Quest Series”. (See 5.2.4; 5.2.5)
5.9.3 A festival of faith is held each semester. First semester is usually conducted by a guest
speaker. Second semester involves student preaching and leadership.
5.9.4 Students are expected to attend chapel periods each Tuesday. Chapel period topics are
chosen carefully so that during a semester important issues in Adventist lifestyle, practices and
beliefs are addressed. The Thursday assembly provides opportunity for the addressing of the
topics on spirituality and community service.
5.9.5 Frequent special programs in the Church on Friday evenings (vespers) or Sabbath School
programs include the simple sharing of stories about students’ journeys of faith. These simple
stories recounting the journey from unbelief to belief on the part of the students have a very
powerful impact on others.
5.9.6 Religion classes are held on both campuses. A number of University departments invite their
students to Bible camps. These are not related so much to the Church but grow out of
academic department activity.
5.9.7 The Church actively promotes a comprehensive program of outreach activities such as visiting
local hospitals, hospices and Branch Sabbath Schools.
5.9.8 An academic journal (SCRIPTOR), developed and promoted by the English Department,
provide opportunity for faculty and students to express themselves on spiritual issues and the
material published has a spiritual focus.
5.9.9 A Chaplain has been appointed for the campus in addition to the Church pastor. The Chaplain
helps to focus the spiritual activities that the University plans for its students but does not
absolve faculty members from their own commitments to pastoral care and their involvement in
the congressional life of the campus.
5.9.10 Active outreach programs are planned by the Student Association such as blood donor drives
and involvement in community projects such as Drug Awareness.
5.10 Recommendations for Strengthening Programs of Study or Plans for Improvement
The University, during the next few years is planning, to give attention to the following:
5.10.1. Although a Faculty Research and Publication Policy has been established (University
Employee’s Handbook, Chapter IX), very few faculty members have utilized the research fund.
An incentive scheme has been introduced to encourage research and publication. A research
culture is necessary to undergird good teaching and to keep it current and professional.
5.10.2 There is still a great need for an increase in the number of Adventist Christian faculty members
on the Bangkok campus as this would help to achieve a good focus on spiritual awareness and
growth for the students. We will actively seek Adventists to fill position vacancies.
5.10.5 The University is giving study to the introduction of a Masters degree in Nursing following on
from the Loma Linda partnership commencing 2010. In preparation for this the English
language skills of nursing faculty is being systematically improved.
Faculty and Staff
Thesis: The institution must have sufficient faculty members with appropriate qualifications,
experience, and working conditions to provide competent instruction in the institution’s
6.1 The Faculty
Asia-Pacific International University has an international faculty. Members of the academic staff
at both campuses (Muak Lek and Bangkok Faculty of Nursing) hold qualifications that satisfy
the requirements of the Thailand Commission on Higher Education for teaching in higher
6.1.1 The following table (Table 6-A) presents a summary of teaching personnel in the different
faculties/departments with their academic qualifications as for Semester 1, 2008-09.
Faculty Doctorates Masters Bachelors Total
Faculty of Business 4 14 1 19
Faculty of Nursing 3 19 4 26
Faculty of Religious Studies 2 2 1 5
Faculty of Science 5 2 - 7
Faculty of Psychology & Education 2 6 - 8
Faculty of Arts and Humanities - 7 - 7
General Education - 4 - 4
Total 16 54 6 76
Asia-Pacific International University Full-Time Faculty Summary
First Semester, August-December 2008-09
The table of summary above shows that in first semester 2008-09, 21% of the teaching
personnel hold doctoral degrees, 71% hold masters degrees, while 8.00% hold bachelor’s
6.1.2 A listing of the members by faculties along with their academic qualifications, rank, religious
affiliation, teaching experience, denominational service, age and gender is provided in
Appendix 6-A. A complete list of administrators and staff is provided in Appendix 6-B. The
ranking nomenclature used at Asia-Pacific International University is set out in Table 6-B. The
equivalent categories for remuneration purposes are listed in parentheses and are drawn from
the South Asia Pacific Division Salary Scale. (Refer to Chapter VIII, Faculty Ranking and
Promotion Policy, Asia-Pacific International University Employee’s Handbook).
Asia-Pacific International University
Faculty Ranking SSD Remuneration Categories
Principal Lecturer (Professor)
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Tutor (Assistant Instructor)
Asia-Pacific International University Ranking Terminology
6.1.3 The salary categories and ranges for the Asia-Pacific International University are regulated by
the policies of SSD and the SAUM, which sets the wage factor. Annual increments generally
follow that of the Thailand Adventist Mission. The Audit Committee of the University is
responsible to set wages and salaries for all new and existing employees according to the
established pay scales of the SAUM, determine deviations from policy according to local law
and working conditions, review salaries and benefits for all employees each year and
recommend increases. Due to privacy concerns, information on salaries will be made available
at the time of the site visit.
6.2 Policies and Practices Concerning Teaching Load Expectations and Other Duties
A faculty teaching and extra-curricular load policy statement and an appropriate formula have
been developed and was adopted by Deans’ Council and the Faculty in 2001.
6.2.1 Normally, the teaching load expectation is 12 formula hours of class contact time per week.
During the inter-semester session, a lecturer is normally expected to carry a load of 3
lecture/class contact hours. (A lecture/class hour requires 50 minutes of instruction time.)
Where possible, the number of different courses taught by a lecturer is limited to 3 per
semester in accordance with CHE guidelines. The balance of the workload may be made up of
tutorials, team teaching, laboratory supervision, research or other responsibilities assigned by
the administration in consultation with the Dean of the Faculty. Extra-curricular activities are
usually expected of teachers who have light teaching loads.
6.2.2 The annual teaching load is expressed as a percentage or fraction of 1.00. This is computed by
taking the total number of formula or weighted contact hours per year divided by the normal
expected teaching load of 27 (12 hours for semester 1, 12 hours for semester 2, and 3 hours
for the inter-semester session). Lecture class loadings are calculated based on the weights as
shown in Table 6-C.
Class Size Weight
1 to 10 students 0.80
11 to 20 students 1.00
21 to 40 students 1.20
41 students or more 1.40
Class Size and Weight for Calculating Lecture Loadings
6.2.3 Laboratory supervisions, tutorials, nursing clinical supervision and workshops are factored at
0.5 of a class lecture hour. The lecture/class weighting does not apply to ESL classes. The ESL
classes are factored at 0.5 with a maximum contact number of hours limited to 20 and a
maximum class size of 25 students. Non-degree classes are factored at 0.5 of a lecture/class
6.2.4 Details of the Teaching Load Formula and policy is found in chapter VI - 6.3 of Asia-Pacific
International University Employee’s Handbook. It should be noted that the Teaching Load
Formula takes into account other responsibilities outside teaching, which includes committee
work, department and faculty administrative duties, advising and consulting with students,
participation in or leadership of Church and/or community organizations and activities.
6.2.5 The Dean of a Faculty, the Chair of a Department, and the Program Coordinator are allowed
and administrative factor of 0.5, 0.25, and 0.125 of a full load, respectively. The role of Dean of
Faculty, Chair of Department and Program Coordinator is clearly defined and simplified with
reporting mechanisms more appropriate to present size and available resources and the
developmental stage of the institution. (See Employee Handbook Chapter VI, p. 1 Chapter XII
p. 7-10 for the policy statements on teaching and administrative loads.)
6.2.6 Full time faculty are expected to be available in their offices at published times for 8 to 10 hours
per week or other times by appointment for student consultation beyond the normal published
6.2.7 The teaching load formula permits an overload per year. Overloading is not a formal practice
but may be occasionally necessary under emergency circumstances. If a course is taught as
an overload it is not normally remunerated on a per credit basis.
6.2.8 The Muak Lek faculty teaching load analysis for the 2007-2008 Academic Year is found in
6.3 Policies on Hiring, Initiation (Induction), Promotion, Academic Freedom, Employment
and Grievance Procedures
Asia-Pacific International University is committed to the achievement of excellence in the
provision of Adventist Christian education and recognizes the importance of attracting, hiring,
and retaining teaching faculty with advanced academic qualifications. To achieve this objective,
the University has formulated policies for hiring and management of faculty and staff. The
Human Resource Department managed by a director has set up systems in coordination and
consultation with the VPAA, Deans and Supervisors in the recruiting, employment and
development of academic and support staff of Asia-Pacific International University.
Much work has been done on specific policies on hiring, initiation, promotion, and
responsibility, grievance procedures, discipline and dismissal since the last accreditation.
All these policies are published in the Asia-Pacific International University Employee’s
Handbook. Each faculty and staff of the University has a copy of this handbook.
Human Resource Database: In order to provide accurate and up-to-date information on current
staff, the Human Resource Office has introduced an extensive database of relevant information
on all employees. This is updated daily and made available to senior administrators for
accurate reporting purposes.
6.3.1 Hiring Policy General Principles
Asia-Pacific International University, as an International Adventist University in Thailand using
both English and Thai Language as the medium of instruction, is committed to developing a
Faculty and Staff profile that enables it to maintain and promote its genuinely International
character. Appointments to positions at the University are made on merit but also with
The needs and expectations of the University’s immediate constituency in Thailand
and in the countries, which form the territories of the South-east Asian Union Mission
The needs of students who come from other countries beyond the territories of the
The corporate identity of the institution as an international university and its ability to
market itself as a place of first choice for students seeking an international English
The availability of appropriately qualified personnel.
The kind of budget available for a specific appointment.
The desirability of avoiding clustering of any one national group in any one faculty.
Asia-Pacific International University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity
employment within the framework of its particular mission and philosophy as a Seventh-day
Adventist Institution of Higher Education and reserves the right to seek independent
assessment of any candidate’s suitability for appointment, to invite any person to be a
candidate or not to make an appointment.
To achieve the above, Asia-Pacific International University advertises academic and staff
positions on the University and several other Adventist websites, Seventh-day Adventist
publications and journals throughout the SAUM constituency or other media, and/or announces
nominations from the Board of Directors and members of the University community except in
special circumstances as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Where applicants or nominees are already in denominational employment, calls and transfers
are processed in accordance with denominational policy procedures. If the available positions
are publicly advertised, the advertisement identifies the faculty and provides the position
description outlining the job functions and responsibilities. Three sets of criteria are provided to
applicants. Applicants are required to address the first two sets of criteria, the essential and
desirable, showing how they meet these criteria. A third set of criteria informs applicants as to
how their performance will be evaluated, if successful.
The Asia-Pacific International University Policy on Appointment of Senior Administration and
Full-time Teaching Personnel, Qualifications for Full-time Appointment, Terms of Appointment,
and the Recruitment and Appointment Protocol of Teaching Staff is found in Chapter VI,
Employment Policies, of the Asia-Pacific International University Employee’s Handbook.
Position Descriptions used in the recruitment of teaching faculty and other support positions
may be found in Chapter XII of the University Employee’s Handbook.
The University realizes the importance of initiating new employees to the work environment and
is cognizant of the particular difficulties encountered and adjustments involved for many staff in
moving to a new workplace in a new country location as is true for many personnel at Asia-
Pacific International University. The University has developed a detailed and structured
program for the induction of new employees. The induction program for new faculty members is
comprised of four parts: (1) the Human Resource Management (HRM) checklist; (2) the Dean
of Faculty checklist; (3) the New Staff Member Induction checklist; and (4) a formal planned
program offered at the start of each semester.
At the HRM level, the induction begins before the arrival of a staff member, and may include
dealing with provision of information on such matters as visa application information, shipping
of personal effects, who to contact on arrival and so on. Upon arrival, the second step of the
induction program commences. Both steps of the induction program are carried out by a
member of the HRM team to ensure that information has been delivered and relevant
University Policy documentation is provided.
At the Dean of Faculty level, induction starts with requirement to complete a number of tasks
before the arrival of the new staff member, including the allocation and preparation of an office
and working equipment for the new appointee. This is followed by the workplace; work
environment; health and safety; staff development; location of facilities etc. induction on arrival
of the new staff member. The Dean’s role is to ensure that new faculty and staff members are
efficiently inducted into the University, acquainted with their new environment and are able to
take up duties promptly and efficiently. The Dean of Faculty is required to complete an
induction form to be returned to the HR office two weeks after the arrival of the new employee
to ensure that an induction program has been completed.
Finally, the new staff member completes a feedback checklist for the HR office to ensure that
all the necessary information to assist transition into the University has been provided and that
the essential induction planning has been completed.
Two information booklets have been developed for new faculty or staff coming from overseas
to Asia-Pacific International University. These are usually forwarded to the new appointee
several months before arrival on campus. These booklets provide essential and useful
information to the new appointee in preparation for his or her new appointment.
Copies of the HRM checklist, Dean of Faculty or Supervisor’s Induction Checklist, the Staff
Member’s Induction Checklists and the Information for New Staff Coming from Overseas will be
available as exhibits.
A review of the Induction program has recently been conducted by the HR office.
Procedures for promotion in rank for teaching faculty and staff is described in Chapter VIII of
Asia-Pacific International University Employee’s Handbook. This policy was first developed in
the Rank and Tenure Committee and approved at Faculty Senate level. Prior to
implementation, however, complications emerged in matching remuneration levels to the rather
complex proposed ranking levels and the policy requires further review and development
before approval of the Board is sought. In the interim, initial rankings were determined and
assigned for faculty. Application for ranking or promotion are directed to the Faculty and Staff
Development Committee, which examines all applications and make recommendations to the
President for approval by the Board of Directors and the Annual General Meeting of the
6.3.4 Academic Freedom
Asia-Pacific International University utilizes the broad policy on Academic Freedom for Higher
Education Institutions published by Education Department in the General Conference Policy
6.3.5 Employment Condition and Benefits
In general Asia-Pacific International University employment conditions and benefits are
governed by the operating policy of Southeast Asia Union Mission, the Southern Asia Pacific
Division and the General Conference. These are adapted where necessary to fit the local
context in Thailand and a number of local operating policy documents have been developed to
provide for equity and consistency in practice. The Asia-Pacific International University
Employee’s Handbook is made available to faculty and staff. The chapter on Housing, Health
and Holidays (Chapter V) contains such items as the following:
University Housing Policies
House Owner’s Allowance Policy
Asia-Pacific International University Health-Care Assistance Plan
Holidays and Vacations
Policy on Leaves
Free Tuition Policy for Full-Time University Employees and their Spouses
Retirement, Resignation and Termination of Employment
Foreign Faculty and Staff Visa Policy
Freedom from Harassment
Health and Safety
A new Health and Safety/Security Committee was introduced in 2004. One of its functions is to
oversee the occupational health and safety of all employees, students, and those who use
The Health and Safety Policy Statement was approved in January 2005..
6.3.6 Grievance Procedure
Asia-Pacific International University currently follows the Grievance Procedures outlined in the
SSD Policy Manual. A standing University Grievance Committee is appointed each year by the
faculty. A member of faculty who is dissatisfied with matters relating to his/her employment at
the University may follow the procedure to get a hearing. The President, at his/her discretion,
may refer the matters to the Grievance Committee for a resolution.
6.4 Communication Procedures Concerning Faculty Responsibilities, Employment
Conditions and Benefits
6.4.1 Communication - employment conditions and benefits
Members of staff are informed in writing of the terms and conditions of employment in a letter of
appointment from the President or in the form of a contract signed by both parties. For IDE
appointees, SSD sends the new employee the employment condition and benefits. On arrival,
the induction program also provides new employees with updated statements on employment
conditions, policies and benefits.
6.4.2 Communication – Faculty responsibilities
Faculty responsibilities are provided in a position or job description and through regular Faculty
or Department level meeting or through announcements at General Faculty meetings or
6.4.3 Communication – other matters relating to employment
Regular faculty meetings are held, usually at 4:00 pm, on the third Thursday of each month.
Wherever possible, the faculty meeting is planned as soon as is appropriate after the holding of
a Board of Directors meeting so that news and developments can be shared with the faculty.
Faculty and staff have opportunity to participate in open discussions relating to educational
issues. Faculty and staff are also invited to contribute items to the agenda of faculty meetings.
Other established day-to-day methods and procedures for ongoing communications between
administration, faculty and staff are the use of electronic media and written memorandums. All
faculty and administrative staff have access to the computer network for sending and receiving
6.5 Follow-up Procedures on Evaluation of Faculty
In the instrument utilized for the evaluation of teaching and learning completed by students at
the end of each semester a number of items request feedback on the communication of
Adventist values and lifestyle issues.
The results of students’ evaluations are given to the relevant Dean of the Faculty by the Office
of the Vice President of Academic Administration. The Dean reviews the results and meets with
the individual teaching staff member concerned to discuss and address issues of concern
expressed by students, including matters relating to lifestyle and Adventist beliefs and values.
To minimize potential criticism on the inconsistency of lifestyle and Adventist beliefs and
values, Asia-Pacific International University faculty and staff are encouraged to exhibit Christian
professionalism and the ideals of the Adventist lifestyle both within and outside the University
campus. In an attempt to achieve this ideal, the University adopts certain criteria for the
selection of its employees. One requires an applicant to demonstrate understanding of and a
commitment to the Adventist ethos of the institution and its mission and objective. Another
selection criterion requires appointees to support the philosophy and mission of the University
by teaching and example. Position descriptions require successful applicants to involved in the
pastoral nurture of students and to participate actively in the co-curricular spiritual, cultural and
recreational program of the University (see Chapter IX, Position Descriptions, of MC
Follow up on the involvement of faculty in conveying beliefs and values is handled informally at
present at the Dean of Faculty level. If more serious concerns arise, follow-up is achieved
through the office of the Pastor or Chaplain or through discussions with the VPAA or the
The primary way in which faculty and staff promote and support the transmission of SDA
values and beliefs is through:
Their modeling of a consistent and authentic Christian life on campus wherein personal
values and beliefs are integrated seamlessly with professional roles and activities
Their addressing of personal belief issues and values as they come up in class discussions
or arise out of the content material being addressed in class
Their availability to students for counsel and personal pastoral care and nurture
Their involvement in institutional activities of corporate worship and other spiritual
The student evaluation of faculty being done every semester gives the students the opportunity
to assess how the lecturers convey Christian values in their teaching on a scale of 1 (strongly
disagree) to 5 (strongly agree). Table 6-D shows a summary of the overall mean rating in the
IFL assessment items for the first semester 2007-2008 and the second semester 2007-2008.
The evaluation results show that the students have a positive feedback on the integration of
faith and learning practices of teachers in the classroom.
Faculty of Faculty of Faculty of Faculty of Faculty of Combined
Arts & Business Education & Science Religious
Humanities Admin. Psychology Studies
4.44 3.29 4.95 4.41 3.82 4.18
Christian faith and
Total Number of
87 172 66 34 36 395
IFL Evaluation Summary
Asia-Pacific International University has commenced a formal 360 degree performance review
system throughout the University. Implementation has commenced at the highest level of
administration and the system will work downwards through all levels of employment. In 2004,
the Chairman of the Board undertook formal reviews with the President, and the four Vice
Presidents. The process was continued in 2005 initially with the review of all Faculty Deans
and Department Chairs, as well as General Service Department Directors and Supervisors.
The purpose of the appraisal is to review work performance and identify gaps between actual
performance and job requirements. The initial outcome will be to offer further training and
mentoring to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the job role. Further outcomes will be to
stimulate communication between the employee and his or her supervisor, to assist
administration in employment planning, and to have input into the allocation of increment
increases in the compensation program. (See Appendix 6-D for Performance Evaluation
6.6 Faculty Upgrading and Professional Development Policy and Plans
6.6.1 Advanced Study
Asia-Pacific International University is committed to the achievement of excellence in the
provision of Adventist Christian education and recognizes the importance of attracting and
retaining teaching faculty with advanced academic qualifications. The University is also
committed to encourage and assist teaching faculty in obtaining advanced qualification. For this
reason a policy on advanced study assistance has been developed and was approved by the
Board of Directors on January 22, 2002. The advanced study assistance facilitates the attaining
of the above objectives by enabling approved faculty to pursue with or without release time a
program of study leading to a recognized certificate, diploma or degree. The selection of
personnel for advanced study is guided by the following criteria:
The specific present of future needs of the University for personnel with advanced degrees
The degree of maturity, academic potential, commitment and demonstrated loyalty to the
principles of the Church and the University, exhibited by the applicant
The anticipated increased usefulness of the employee resulting from the advanced
education and the prospective length of service available to the University.
Asia-Pacific International University faculty and staff may apply for advanced study assistance
under one of the following classifications: own study time; part-time study, full time study and
unassisted study. Interested faculty are required to consult with their respective Dean of the
Faculty and the Vice President of Academic Administration before completing the Advanced
study Proposal Form to be submitted to the Faculty and Staff Development Committee
(FASDC). The committee chaired by the VPAA but comprised largely of faculty representatives
has developed a set of objective criteria to assist committee members in prioritizing
applications for study assistance grants.
Funding is available through the SSD Bursary Scheme and the Union. The University,
particularly the Faculty of Nursing, has also invested significantly from its own resources. An
Amortization Grid has been developed to assist the committee monitor the ongoing
commitments of the Institution in its advanced study assistance program. The document will be
available for inspection in the VPAA office at the time of the site visit.
Proposals for Advanced Study assistance are approved by FASDC and are then recommended
to the University Board of Directors and the SAUM Executive Committee for approval. Some
programs require the approval of the SSD Education Committee.
More information on financial assistance for advanced study, the Advanced Study Assistance
Application Appraisal Form, Amortized “Buy-back” of Advanced Study Program Expenses, the
reimbursement for advanced study expenses, Asia-Pacific International University Educational
Aid Loan Contract and the SSD Bursary Policy are found in Chapter IX - 9.2 (Advanced Study
Assistance Policy) of AIU Employee’s Handbook.
6.6.2 Conference Attendance and Professional Development
Asia-Pacific International University is committed to the continuing professional development of
faculty and staff. For this reason, a policy was established and approved by the Board of
Directors on January 22, 2002, relating to conference attendance and professional
development for the University faculty and staff. The purpose of such a policy is to enable
faculty and staff to keep abreast of the latest developments in their field and to provide faculty
and staff the opportunities to develop networks and contacts among other professionals and
academics working in the discipline.
6.6.3 It is the expectation of the University that faculty members attend at least one conference in
their discipline area each year. On the main campus of Muak Lek each faculty budget position
includes an annual grant equivalent to the monthly wage factor for each full time teaching staff
to attend a local or regional conference (IDE faculty come under the General Conference
policy). After meeting the minimum requirement of one conference attendance, the remaining
funds available may be used for other development needs, including the purchase of
professional development equipment. Different arrangements may apply for the present on the
Nursing campus in Bangkok.
Ten non-teaching days each year are designated for approved faculty professional
development activities. However, these may be accumulated up to two years with prior
approval from FASDC or from the SSD in the case of IDE personnel.
The full professional growth allowance is available to the President and Vice Presidents of
Asia-Pacific International University and all teaching faculty who hold rank of Lecturer and
above. Faculty who are not teaching full-time must be teaching at least half-time and the policy
applies on a pro-rata basis according to the time that they teach. Instructors (half time or more),
full time librarian and assistant librarians, Director of Computer Services, Registrar/Director of
Admission, Residence Deans, Department Directors, Coordinator of Student Activities,
Controller and/or Chief Accountant and the Administrator of Elementary School are eligible for
50% of the professional growth allowance and leave time.
For detailed description of the policy, see Chapter IX – 9.1 of University Employee’s Handbook.
6.7 Institutional Involvement and Support of Research and Publication
The University has adopted a strategic approach to research that recognizes that the primary
strength of the University lies in excellence in teaching but that excellent teaching is informed
by and under girded by research.
6.7.1 The University has adopted Ernest Boyer’s model of Four Scholarships as a conceptual model
for facilitating the development of a research culture on campus and among its faculty. The
model identifies the Scholarships of Teaching, Discovery, Application and Integration as the
four faces of scholarship. This multi-faceted approach to scholarship enables faculty to report
their scholarly activity and publications in broader terms than just the traditional modes of pure
academic research. (See Appendix 6-E for Scholarly Activity Report).
6.7.2 The preamble to the University’s policy on scholarly activity sets out the objectives as follows:
Asia-Pacific International University is committed to excellence in teaching. This is its
dominant culture as an institution. As a Christian institution this strength in teaching
excellence is augmented by a parallel commitment to nurturing and sustaining spiritual
values within the institution and to serving the community and the constituency of the
institution. These commitments mean that staff are expected to be readily available for
personal involvement with students for academic and spiritual assistance and to be
involved in community and constituency based activities.
At the same time it is recognized that excellence in teaching is necessarily under girded by
a strong culture of discovery and research. Without diminishing its other strengths Asia-
Pacific International University is committed to strengthening its culture of research and
scholarly activity. For this purpose Asia-Pacific International University maintains a Faculty
Research Trust Fund for the purpose of facilitating the development of scholarly Activity
and Research Culture on campus. The University is committed to enabling faculty to
enhance their professional standing and competence in their discipline and to have access
to resources to develop new knowledge and to find creative and innovative ways of
applying and integrating their knowledge for the benefit for the Church and Society.
Funding provided through the University Professional Development Policy is designed to
enable faculty to engage in the Scholarships of integration and Application. The Research
Trust fund is designed particularly to facilitate the Scholarship of Discovery.
It is also recognized that involvement in research arises possibly as much out of a ‘passion’
for research as it does out of the availability of resources and opportunity for involvement.
Even with limited resources in time and grant money some faculty achieve significant
publication records because they value the importance of the link between research and
teaching. Inculcating the “passion” and recruiting those who already have it are among the
goals of the institution. The University believes that good teaching is informed by research.
6.7.3 Asia-Pacific International University encourages its faculty to be involved in research and
publication of scholarly papers. This is an area that will become increasingly important as the
institution prepares to move toward the introduction of Graduate level studies and University
In 2002 a Research Grant fund was established and an operating policy on Scholarly
Activity with related application forms has been approved.
Every year, each faculty member is required to submit a Scholarly Activity Report to the
VPAA office. This is compiled to demonstrate to the Board of Directors and the
constituency the extent of scholarly activity taking place on campus and to encourage the
faculty to further develop their scholarly activities.
6.8 Church Responsibilities
Faculty and staff are extensively involved in various Church responsibilities, from teaching the
Sabbath School lesson to taking church services, vesper programs, assembly meetings,
chapel, and devotional services in the dormitories, and church hospitality ministry. The
Church’s annual nomination of officers indicates the extent to which this happens (see
Appendix 6-F). A study by the Church Pastoral team indicates that majority of faculty are
involved in some church office or duty in the local congregation on campus. (See Exhibit).
Others are involved in congregations elsewhere.
6.9 Suggestions for Strengthening in Specific Areas
6.9.1 As the University moves further towards nurturing a scholarly activity culture on campus that
encourages research and publication the introduction of some incentive scheme could be
helpful. Such a scheme would not only recognize the scholarly activity work that is already
being done often beyond the call of duty and during the personal time of faculty members but, if
targeted rightly and regulated appropriately it would help to provide resources, albeit limited, for
further scholarly activity.
6.9.2 International faculty and staff have a felt need for an intensive Thai language study so they can
effectively communicate with people in the community and be actively involved in outreach
programs of the University. At present, interested faculty and staff are taking a one-hour per
week language class but it seems that this was not enough. More study options have now
been introduced which now better serve this need. The possibility of assigning a Thai teacher
to this task could be considered. A more formal language lesson should be provided under a
professional Thai language teacher. (See HRM Director Report)
6.9.3 Thai faculty and staff also need better English skills. Many staff are utilizing the free-tuition
option for language study in the ESL department. The University could look at extending this in
some way to the Bangkok Campus.
6.9.4 To get a better and accurate evaluation result of faculty effectiveness, it is planned that there
will be periodic evaluation of faculty not only by students but also by supervisors and
colleagues. Evaluation instruments are being developed and standardized. The HR office is
guiding this process.
Library and Resource Center
Thesis: The AIU libraries of Muak Lek and Bangkok campuses should be adequately supplied with
needed resources and appropriately staffed to support the institution’s curricula.
Libraries and Staff
The Asia-Pacific International University maintains two libraries and a media center. The main
library and a media center are located at the Muak Lek campus, while the nursing library is at
Bangkok campus. The main campus library has a team of 7 staff, while the Bangkok campus
library has 2. The library at Muak Lek campus employs as many as 25 student assistants each
Following is a list of the libraries’ staff, their position and qualifications. The year in parentheses
indicates year of appointment of the staff.
Main Campus Library & Media Center, Muak Lek
Damian Ginajil (1998), Library Director
BA, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA
MSLS, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA
CTD, Institute of Training & Development, UK
Duangjai Wongsate (1997), Librarian, Special Collections
B.Ed., Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Mai, Thailand
MA, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines
Idamari Arasola (1999), Cataloger
RN, Roskilde Amtsygehus, Denmark
GDipLIM, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Nehemias Pasamba (2001), Acquisitions Librarian
AB, Philippine Union College, Philippines
MLS, University of the Philippines
Saowalak Nunchai (2001), Circulation Desk Attendant
HSC (M6), Muak Lek Adult High School, Thailand
Tharadol Tharasapanan (2007), Media Technician
HSC (M6), Chiangmai Academy, Thailand
Weerakoon Suwiboonsup (2002), Reader Services Supervisor
BA, Mission College, Thailand
Nursing Library, Branch Campus, Bangkok
Saowanee Maneeroj (1997), Assistant Librarian
BA, Rajabhat Institute, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Thunyamart Satha (1992), Librarian
BA, Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand
7.1.2 Job Descriptions
See Appendix 7—A: Library Employee’s Job Descriptions.
7.1.3 Flow Chart
See Appendix 7—B: Library Organizational Flow Chart.
7.2 Library Policies on Acquisitions
The Asia-Pacific International University Library has a number of policy statements in place that
govern the operation of the Library Services.
See Appendix 7—C: Acquisitions Policy
See Appendix 7—D: Inter-library & Document Delivery Service Policy
7.3 Available funds and annual spending for library resources and library operations during
the last three years: 2006—2008
The annual library appropriation has been modest due to budgetary constraints for the last
three years. However, the library has more money to spend during the 2008—2009 school
year, as outlined below:
Special Appropriation Funds for the Library 881, 213 baht
For books, Journals, and Full Text database
for both campuses.
Library Annual Budget 1,017,777 baht
(For general operation of the library, purchases of books,
payment for subscription of journals, student labor, supplies,
Magic Library Software License, EBSCO Full text database.
SAUM Education Funds 118,090 baht
Fundraising Donations 18,700 baht
(550 US Dollars)
See Appendix 7—E: Available Funds & Spending—Main Library
See Appendix 7—F: Available Funds & Spending—Media Center
See Appendix 7—G: Available Funds & Spending—Nursing Library, Bangkok
7.4 Summary of Library Holdings by Subject Areas
The two campuses libraries combined have about 60,000 volumes of circulating and reference
books, journal and article titles in English and Thai, and audiovisual materials. The audiovisual
resources are in the format of video and cassette tapes, CVD, DVD, slides, and microfiche. Out
of the collections, about 11,000 books are in the Faculty of Nursing Library at Bangkok
campus. Most of the books at the main campus library are classified under the Dewey Decimal
Classification System (DDC), while the book collections at the Bangkok campus library are
classified under National Library of Medicine System (NLM).
Table 7.4: Total Library Resources Summary
Books – Muak Lek Campus 39,579
Books –Bangkok Campus 11,641
Current Periodical Subscriptions – Muak Lek Campus 116
Journal Collections (Retrospective) – Muak Lek Campus 366
Current Periodical Title Subscriptions – Bangkok Campus 63
Journal Collection Titles (Retrospective) – Bangkok Campus 490
Online Journal Titles (Covered in Databases) 17,581
Journal Articles (Indexed) 2,979
Heritage Room Collection 363
E. G. White Collection 500
Theology Library Collection 336
Teaching Resources Collection 168
Adventist Frontier Missions Collection 403
Audiovisual Items (Pieces) 2,386
Government Publications (Thai) 106
Supplemental summaries are available on request covering: Book holdings by DDC Subject;
Current Journal Subscriptions; Journal Collections; Audiovisual Materials; Electronic
Resources; Library Holdings of Faculty of Nursing Library.
7.5 Description of the usage of library resources
Background: The library has collected statistics on the number of times the users come in to
the library daily. The statistics were generated by the surveillance gate counting instrument.
The figures given in the table below are simply the number of times the library was visited by
Table 7.5: Number of Times the Library was visited
Year Number of Times the Library was visited
7.5.1 Periodicals: Periodicals such as journals, magazines, and newspapers are popular resources
read by the library users on a daily basis. Through observations, seats at the current
periodicals area are taken most of the time during the library hours. Current periodicals do not
circulate. Non-current journals are shelved at the Journal Collection stacks on the 2nd floor for
English and 1st floor for Thai.
The library allows the users to borrow non-current journals, magazines, and newspapers. The
number of items allowed is 2 of each, and the borrowing period is for 2 days.
Table 7.5.1: Borrowing Statistics for Periodicals
Borrower/Year 2006 2007 2008 Total
Faculty 51 17 0 68
Staff 18 14 4 36
Undergraduate Student 155 271 240 666
Graduate student 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0
7.5.2 Books: The library has a generous borrowing policy. It allows the faculty to borrow up to 30
books, student, 20 books, and staff 10 books. There have been no complaints from the users
with regard to the borrowing policy. The library’s policy and the facilities provided complement
each other perfectly. There are adequate numbers of carrels and desks for reading and
Table 7.5.2: Borrowing Statistics for Books
Borrower/Year 2006 2007 2008 TOTAL
Faculty 1343 1297 708 3348
Staff 904 566 493 1963
Undergraduate Student 13,858 14,127 11,207 39,192
Graduate student 472 55 12 539
Other 96 135 23 254
7.5.3 Electronic resources: There are 14 EBSCO and 1 PROQUEST databases available for use by
library users. The Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database that provides
thousands of full text articles. The others are subject databases covering business, medical
sciences, nursing, dentistry, veterinary, psychology, psychiatrist, anthropology, etc. Students
use the library resources in all formats. The library is only able to provide accurate statistics on
the usage of EBSCO Academic Search Premier Database.
See Appendix 7—H: Academic Search Premier Database Usage Report
7.5.4 Audiovisual materials: Students come to the Media Center to use the computers, watch the
CNN news and some documentary films in CD format or from the television network (the
National Geographic Channel). Borrowing of the AV materials has not been significant.
Table 7.5.4: Number of AV items borrowed
A-V Borrowing Statistics 2006-2008
2007 2007 2008
CDs 36 41 48
DVDs 55 68 72
TV (room use) 102 98 122
Tape Recorder (room
Use) 65 72 85
7.5.5 E. G. White Heritage Research Center collection: The E.G. White resources have been used
mostly by the theology students to write their term paper and report assignments. Borrowing is
allowed, but many of the students use the resources in the research center itself.
7.5.6 Heritage room collection: The HER collections are mainly reference materials. It contains
materials concerning the past history of SAUC in Singapore, the Nursing school at Bangkok
and heritage titles which are not available in the regular shelves, such as church history and
SDA information handbooks.
7.5.7 Teaching resources collection: The Teaching Resource Collections (TRC) are housed in the
Media Center. These collections are being developed continually. Teachers and students of
Education & Psychology do find these materials useful.
7.5.8 Adventist Frontier Missions collection: The AFM collections have been provided for AFM
missionaries working in the Southeast Asia region. Its collection development strategy is
directly under the AFM administration. The keeping and organization of the materials, and
service policy, are under the purview of the AIU library administration. The policy in use is that
AIU students and teachers are allowed to use or borrow the materials. Church workers
attached to the Thailand Adventist Mission are also given similar borrowing privileges.
7.5.9 Theology library collection: The Theology library collection is located in theology precinct. The
collection is mainly for theology students. Supervision of the collection is under the leadership
of the Dean of Religious Studies assisted by some theology students.
7.5.10 Faculty of Nursing Library resources: Users of the Faculty of Nursing library resources are
none other than the nursing teachers, nursing students, nurses, medical doctors, and staff of
the Adventist Mission Hospital. The library hours have been extended to 9:00 in the evening,
since the 3rd quarter of 2008, to encourage more effective library use.
7.5.11 Government publications in the Thai language: The Thai librarian has collected over a 100
pieces of government publications in the format of brochures, booklets, and books. These
publications are on the subject of education, tourism, agriculture, population studies, health,
laws and by-laws, and politics. They are circulated free of charge by the respective government
departments of Thailand.
7.6 Description of Availability and Use of the following:
Interlibrary loan & document delivery services
AIU library has ILL and DDS cooperation with several academic libraries in the country and
overseas. The librarian at AIU communicates with the librarian at other libraries, in an attempt
to secure the resources needed by AIU users and researchers. This ensures that university
researchers will receive their resources even if the library does not have it. This service has
been used and is likely to increase as more faculty members write scholarly articles for
publication in peer reviewed journals.
Currently, AIU library has contact with the following libraries and institutions:
1. General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists Archives & Statistics.
2. Association of Christian Universities and Colleges of Asia (ACUCA)
3. James White Library, Andrews University
4. Avondale College Library
5. Florida Hospital College of Health Science Library
6. The British Lending Library
7. James Cook University Libraries
8. The Library of Congress
9. National University of Singapore Libraries
10. University of Malaya Libraries
11. University of Queensland Libraries
12. Asian Institute of Technology Libraries
13. Chulalongkorn University Libraries
14. Mahidol University Libraries
15. National Library of Thailand
Internet connection: The library provides 20 computers for internet research, email, OPAC
searches, and for typing term papers. Student usage is restricted to an hour and this can be
extended if there is no waiting line. The university computer labs provide many computers for
students to use and in addition about 50 % of the student populations on both campuses have
their own desktop or laptop computers.
Table 7.6.1: Hours of computer use in the library
Period of usage 1 Computer 20 Computers
1 day 4 hours 80 hours
1 week 24 hours 480 hours
1 month 96 hours 1,920 hours
1 semester 384 hours 7,680 hours
Media services: The Educational Media Center provides the students with educational as well
as entertainment materials in the following formats – video, cassettes, CD, CVD, DVD, slides
and microfiche. These materials can be previewed in the Media Center itself. Students can
borrow according to policy. The Media Center also allows the users to watch the CNN news,
and documentary films from selected channels provided by the university. Scanning and color
photocopy services are available. Useable AV materials in the old formats (video and cassette
tapes) are being dubbed and transferred to DVD.
Borrowing services: Users with borrowing privileges can check out any books, except
reference materials. The library ID is required for borrowing and also for returning books. The
circulation counter staff has the right to stop any user without a valid ID card from borrowing
library materials. A due date is stamped on the due date slip in the back of the book. It is the
responsibility of the borrower to return library materials to the library before they are overdue.
Photocopy & Printing: Photocopy and computer printouts are available at the circulation
counter area. Color printing is made available at the Media Center on the 3 rd floor, and in the
office of the Reader Services Supervisor on the 1st floor. This particular service is heavily used
during the semester.
Library orientation: The library conducts an orientation tour of the library at the beginning of
each semester. Incoming instructors and new students are invited to take this opportunity to
know their library before the pressure of study builds up. After the orientation, the students or
teachers will know the layout of the library and the organization of the resources, the facilities
and services provided.
Reference & information retrieval assistance: The librarian on duty at the reference desk
welcomes anyone with enquiries and responds to each request promptly, courteously and
accurately. Inquiries can be presented through email to Referencedesk@missioncollege.edu or
in person. The library administrator will continue to promote the reference service so that more
students will come forward to the desk for help.
Reserved materials: The library works hand in hand with the instructors with regards to the
provision of library resources. Some instructors have asked the library to reserve certain books
in the library and to put them on reserve for their students to share. These books are shelved
behind the circulation counter, and they are to be used in the library only. Only students taking
the instructor’s course can check out the books, usually on hourly or daily basis as determined
by the instructor.
Audiovisual equipment: The Media Center maintains a number of viewing and listening
facilities, such as video, CD, and DVD playback machines, televisions, and computers. More
and more students are using the facilities at the Media Center during the library regular hours.
Discussion rooms: Small discussion rooms are available on the 3rd floor of the library. They are
used for discussion of class assignments, preparation of presentations and other related topics
during the semester. Reservation is made at the reference desk on the 1 st floor.
Multi-purpose room: The Multi-Purpose Room has a seating capacity for 35 people. This room
has been used for class instruction and discussions, meetings, group project activities, and
audiovisual presentations. Reservation of this room is made at the reference desk.
Study facilities: The library has a seating capacity for 400 students, which includes the
individual carrels and the open study tables on all floors.
7.7 Description of Computer Center Staff, Budget Resources and Plans
On the central campus at Muak Lek the Information Technology Services Department employs:
a Director and three full-time staff: a Systems Analyst/Website Manager, a PC Support
Technician and a Network Administrator/PC support Technician.
On the Bangkok campus, computer support is provided by an employee who is assigned on a
part time basis to the ITS department.
Table 7.7.1: Information Technology Services Staff
Muak Lek Campus
Name Qualifications Position Age Sex Length
Marco Carrillo MSc (AU) 1983 Director 57 Male 5
MA (UNAC) 1999
Montree BBA (MC) 1999 PC Support 39 Male 8
Stanislav Kirilov MS Network Network 34 Male 2
Ivan Paez BS Systems Systems Analyst/ 25 Male 1
Engineer Website Manager
Name Qualifications Position Age Sex Length
Amara BS (Thailand) PC Support 32 Female 10
The policy on the Muak Lek campus is to provide every full-time faculty member with a desktop
computer / laptop and a shared printer. Most of the desktop computers have LCD monitors.
Part-time and contract faculty share facilities made available in common offices. On the
Bangkok campus the same policies apply.
7.7.3 Computer Labs
The Bangkok campus is equipped with 23 Intel Pentium Dual Core computers, which are
connected through LAN network and share an ADSL 2Mbps access to Internet. They are
currently located at the Library. Eight additional Pentium IV computers are located at the
The computer resources at the main campus are summarized in the following table.
Table 7.7.3: Information Computer labs at main campus
Computer No. Of Computer type Printers
1 and 2 56 26 PC - Clone Pentium 4 with A networked Toshiba
40 GB hard disk and 512 MB printer is installed.
RAM memory; 30 PC- Acer Students can send jobs
Celeron 400 Mhz with 15 GB from any computer.
hard disk and 128 MB RAM
3 31 Acer Celeron 400 Mhz with 15 A networked Brother
GB hard disk and 128 MB printer is installed
4 13 Pentium 4 and Pentium Core A Canon 810 printer is
duo; 1GB RAM memory installed
80 GB Hard disk
ESL 25 Pentium Core duo; 160 GB A networked Brother
Hard disk; 1GB RAM memory printer is installed
Bangkok 24+8 Pentium Core duo and A networked Brother
Pentium 4; 1GB RAM memory printer is installed
160 GB Hard disk
All computers are networked and have access to internet. Printing and photocopy services
The laboratories at the main campus are open for teaching and student use for 67 hours
per week under the supervision of student’s lab assistants.
Software installed on machines and available to students includes: Microsoft Office 2007
and 2007; Microsoft Visual Studio 2005; Typing software; Minitab statistical software;
Adobe Flash Player; Java(TM) SE Development Kit 6; Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003;
NetOp Student; VideoLAN VLC media player 0.8.
7.7.4 Other Computers: There are 11 classrooms equipped with computers and LCD projectors for
class presentations and meetings requiring projection facilities. The auditorium and church
rooms are also equipped with computers and LCD projectors. There are around 240 computers
on the two campuses, excluding the 157 units in the computer laboratories. The Science
Faculty maintains three other specialized computers for technical laboratory use.
7.7.5 Network: On the central campus 11 servers, functioning as DNS server, Registrar server,
proxy server, home server, library server, intranet server, firewall and web server, service a
network for the Business and IT Building, the Library and Information Center, the Science
Building, the four dormitories, the married student residences, the faculty houses and the
Central Administration and Humanities Faculty building. The Religious Studies Faculty Building
is connected through a wireless access as do is the Student Centre. There is a RAS server
with 32 modem ports which still provides for remote dial-up access, 16 of them are currently
being used. There are currently 950+registered users on the system, of which 800 are active.
Dormitories, married student residences and the faculty houses are connected by using fiber
optic cables. It is estimated that more than 390 computers are accessing the network from this
The campus network in Bangkok is a client-server network with a server which provides DNS,
DHCP and firewall services.
On the main campus there is a Fortigate device which is in charge of web filtering, anti-spam,
antivirus and other network protection features.
Wireless access is offered at several locations including but not limited to cafeteria, library (2) ,
marketing department, Netlab, Admissions and records office, Education department, Science
building, English Department, and ITS department (2).
• The University has an annual contract with an ISP which provides a 5 Mbps dedicated
line providing 24 hour access on the main campus.
• Additionally, AIU is an intermediary agent to provide ADSL service to students and
faculty. TOT company has a 48-port device installed which provides 1 and 2 Mbps
internet access for a monthly fee.
• Access to the Internet for the Bangkok campus is by ADLS modem through contracts
with KSC and TOT companies with a bandwidth of 2 Mbps and 1 Mbps respectively.
7.7.7 Budget: Details of the Annual Budget may be found in the financial pages being made
available on the occasion of the site visit.
7.7.8 Plans: A policy has been adopted by the University to upgrade its laboratory computer
equipment every three to five years and administration has approved the setting aside of
depreciation funding for this. Other faculty or staff computers will be upgraded every three to
five years depending on use and demand. Other plans include the following:
• Upgrade of the old remaining computer servers by 2010 and using of Linux as NOS for
• Acquisition of application software through agreements with Microsoft
• Installation, configuration of SharePoint and providing training for faculty and staff.
• Expansion of the wireless access service.
• Optimization and upgrading of in-house developed information system.
• Development of in-house software projects for different areas of service.
• Acquisition of application software licenses.
7.8 Outline of Plans and Priorities of the Library and Resource Center
Organization of the Journal Collection: The library has a collection of more than 300 journal
titles in English, and 200 journal titles in Thai. They are used regularly by the students and
teachers. The following are the library’s plans concerning the Journal collections:
• Journal articles indexing: Many of the journal titles and articles in the collections are
useful for research. However, the likelihood for the good articles to be missed by
researchers is greater unless it is indexed and available in the OPAC. The library plans
to train more student assistants to help in this task.
• Binding of the journals: Certain journal titles are worth binding. Bound journals are
more readily handled and filed. A budget is required for this task.
• Closed access plan for the journal collection: This is a long term plan. A room which is
large enough to accommodate the collection is required.
OPAC entries: The library system has stored about 60,000 items retrievable using the OPAC.
Data entry was performed by many people including student assistants. Some working time will
be reserved by the catalogers solely for correcting the entries that contain mistakes.
Dubbing of useful AV materials: Some useful educational programs in the video and cassette
formats will be transferred to DVD format. The process of dubbing is slow with the equipment
available at the moment.
Heritage room collections reorganization: The Heritage room has a collection of both print and
non-print materials. The non-print materials will be documented and a handbook will be
Library activities: The library plans to organize, once a semester, the following: A display of
photographs, and work of arts, a competition with prizes on information retrieval, and other
educational related competitions. The objective of organizing these activities is to promote the
library as a learning center.
Promotion of reference service: The librarians plan to be more proactive and user friendly and
will actively seek students who are struggling to find materials.
New titles announcement: Newly acquired materials will be processed immediately, and their
identity made known to the users. A list of the new titles will be published in the library
Updating library webpage: The library webpage will be updated as frequently as needed to
ensure that the information given is still relevant.
Library newsletter: The “Library Information” is a monthly publication of the university library.
Short articles, news and announcements concerning the library are published there. Library
users’ comments and suggestions that contribute to library service improvements are published
in this newsletter. The library management will ensure that regular publication of this
Tutorial for OPAC, Databases: A tutorial for OPAC and online databases will be scheduled
once a fortnight. This will give everyone the opportunity to learn these two important tools for
research. The library will consider a request from teachers, students for tutorials at other times.
New computers for student use: The library management plans to replace the aging computers
with new ones subject to the availability of funds.
Subscriptions of new journal titles: The current subscription of journals in the print format is
relatively small, and the library plans to increase the numbers with useful titles. The
acquisitions librarian will be asking the deans of the various schools to recommend some
popular and needed titles (both English and Thai) that are not available in the databases
subscribed to by the library.
Acquisitions of new book titles: The deans of the various schools have recommended more
than a hundred titles to be acquired and added into the library collection. The acquisitions
librarian has started placing orders for the titles from local and overseas suppliers.
Library stocktaking: The library plans to do a stocktaking exercise of the books physically
available in the library against the records stored in the OPAC. The objective of this exercise is
to update the records.
7.9 Promotion and Support of Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs and Values, and Spiritual
Development of Students
7.9.1 SDA & other Christian literature
In support of the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs and values, the library, with the
recommendation of the dean of the faculty of religious studies, has acquired the following
journal titles for the university community.
- Adventist Affirm
- Adventist Frontier
- Adventist Review
- Adventist World
- Andrews University Seminary Studies
- Answers in Genesis
- Archaeological Diggings
- Asia Journal of Theology
- Biblical Archeology Review
- Christianity Today
- Cornerstone (with Guide)
- Evangelical Missions Quarterly
- Good News Unlimited
- Guide (Junior Guide)
- International Bulletin of Missionary Research
- Journal of Adventist Mission Studies
- Journal of Adventist Theological Society
- Journal of Educational Psychology
- Kids Ministry
- Liberty Magazine
- Signs of the Times
- Theology Today
- Tomorrow's World
- Vibrant Life
- Women of the Spirit
7.9.2 Christian character: The library staff-display tolerance as they deal with the library users. A
Christian approach is practiced at all times, including with readers from the community.
7.9.3 Library rules: Library rules indicating appropriate behaviors while in the library will be put in
place and enforced accordingly. These rules embrace an appropriate dress and behavior code.
7.9.4 Unchristian materials: Materials containing information that counteracts Christian principles in
general will be identified and removed.
7.10 Specific areas that need strengthening & improvements
OPAC: Many entries have been found which contain minor mistakes. The library will be
looking for student assistants who are interested in library science, and who can be groomed
and taught to do flawless cataloging and data entry.
New computers: The aging library computers need to be replaced progressively with newer
machines. The internet connectivity needs to be improved. At the moment, when the internet is
heavily used in the library, accessing the online database is very slow.
Journal articles index: The journal collection in the print format has no index to the article titles.
The library has been creating its own index with the Magic Library System. The library is
looking for student assistants who are interested in library science, and who can be groomed
and taught how to do indexing, so that the library will have an up-to-date journal article index
for researchers to use.
Academic Policies and Records
Thesis: Policies for Admission, progression, and graduation should be consistent with both the
educational purposes of the institution and the practice of other tertiary institutions. Student’s academic
files should be accurately and carefully maintained.
Asia-Pacific International University commenced as a merger of three academically
independent institutions. While the general academic policies will continue to be developed
toward uniformity in operations and expectations where appropriate, for some time yet there
will continue to be variations in requirements and regulations between the Nursing Science
degree, the Thai-medium programs on the central campus which follow patterns consistent with
other Thai universities, and the International degree programs.
Two Bulletins are maintained. One in Thai for the Thai-Medium programs and he other is in
English for the International Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate).
8.1 Policies and Procedures regarding Recruitment and Financial Aid
8.1.1 The central campus at Muak Lek has and continues to invest a great deal of effort into its
student recruitment. The marketing plan allows for vigorous recruitment in all of the SAUM
countries as well as China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Nepal, Africa, East European countries,
Finland and North-America.
8.1.2 Recruitment of students for the Nursing program is undertaken by the Faculty of Nursing and
the Marketing and Development department. The Faculty has an effective marketing strategy
that includes a school visitation program and announcements through official and professional
channels. The Faculty works throughout the year for an intake of students in June. Because
there are not large numbers of Seventh-day Adventist young people interested in nursing and
because admission criteria are necessarily weighted toward academic achievement criteria
only about 10% of each first-year intake of students are connected with the Seventh-day
8.1.3 Overall marketing of the University and recruitment of students is coordinated through the
Marketing Office on the central campus with marketing personnel seconding the services of
faculty and staff members and students whenever possible. The preparation of University-wide
brochures and promotional materials is coordinated at Mission Heights. Specific enquiries and
the providing of enrolment and registration information are coordinated through the office of the
Director of Admissions and Records.
8.1.4 Because the overall operation of Asia-Pacific International University is subsidized by the
SAUM all students benefit significantly from the church’s financial aid. Seventh-day Adventist
students from SAUM territory receive a further 25% discount. Students from Indochina may
apply for study grants through their local missions for 75% of the basic tuition, fees, board, and
room. It is part of the financial plan that SAUM and Indochina students receive SDA discount
and subsidy respectively on conditions of fulfilling 10 hours per week in the work-study program
and maintaining a 2.00 CGPA.
8.1.5 Financial aid in terms of work-study matching scholarships on the central campus is also
available on a limited basis. These are funded by the Battle Memorial Endowment Fund
through the SSD and are awarded locally through a Scholarship Committee established to
comply with the terms of the endowment. A limited number of Government loan funds are
available to Thai students who meet the specific criteria established by the Ministry of
Education. Students approved for these loans are screened and recommended by a
committee representing faculty from both campuses and which is established to comply with
Government criteria. The Student Finance Officer and the Student Finance Committee
oversee the general operation of the funding assistance programs.
8.2 Policies Regarding the Admission and Registration of Students
Admissions to programs on the central campus of the University are approved by the
Admissions Committee. Admissions to the Nursing program in Bangkok are handled
separately by the Faculty of Nursing independently of the Registrar’s Office at central campus
but with participation from the VPAA and Registrar. Both admission procedures involve the
completion of application forms, character references, interviews and entrance testing for the
particular discipline for which an applicant applies. In addition to that Nursing School in
Bangkok conducts personality test and physical tests. On the main campus for the international
degree program students write an English proficiency examination and a placement test and for
pre-university program students, an English placement test is given.
8.2.1 The basic requirement for admission to the University is the satisfactory completion of an
accredited secondary school program at the 12th grade standard equivalent to Thailand
Matriculation Certificate (M6) examination. Satisfactory completion means a grade-point
average of 2.00 in a four-point system. Equivalencies are determined by the Office of
Standards and Measurement of the Thailand Government Ministry of Education (See current
International Bulletin, p. 35-37).
8.2.2 An applicant without acceptable entry-level education is required to pass an internationally
recognized examination such as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education
(IGCSE), the International Baccalaureate Examination (IBE) or the Maine General Education
Diploma (GED) before admission is granted to a regular study program. These examinations
are accepted by the Ministry of Education as equivalent to the M6. For a summary of the
admission requirements and the list of academic equivalencies established for the various
countries from which the University draws its students (See current International Bulletin, p. 36-
8.2.3 Foreign students and others whose secondary schooling was not undertaken in English
medium who desire to enter the international program are expected to have proficiency in the
use of the English language proficiency evidenced by an appropriate pass on a standardized
English language examination such as IELTS or TOEFL. See Appendix 8-A for details on the
English Proficiency Entry Policy (See current International Bulletin, p. 38-39).
8.2.4 Because Asia-Pacific University is listed in the Civil Service Register of recognized institutions
of higher learning in Thailand, it is easy for qualified students to secure an appropriate visa for
the duration of their study.
8.2.5 Students register twice a year in August and January. In addition there is an Inter-Semester
with registration time in June. Resident students are expected to pre-register for their next
semester about one month before the end of their present semester.
8.3 Policies and Procedures Regarding Class Schedules and Length of Academic Terms
8.3.1 The Ministry of Education through its policy documents mandates the minimum requirements
for length of academic terms and class contact time required for Bachelor Degrees as well as
the minimum number of credits required for graduation.
A minimum of 15 weeks of study are required each semester, with one hour per week per
credit point. A Bachelors Degree may not be less than 120 credit points of study and not more
than 150. The University semesters on both campuses significantly exceed the minimums in
8.3.2 On the central campus at Muak Lek classes are conducted from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm from
Monday to Friday. Some of the Thai-medium programs also schedule Sunday classes to fit in
with the availability of contract teachers. Classes are scheduled on the hour for 50 minute
periods. The semester is planned for a minimum of 75 class days allowing for 45 meetings for a
class of 3 credit points. An additional 6 or 7 days is scheduled for examinations making a total
of 82-83 days of academic work representing approximately 16.5 weeks of work although this
is occasionally exceeded.
8.3.3 Inter-Semester is scheduled for eight weeks with additional time for examinations. Normally
students carry a class load of 6–9 hours during Inter-Semester.
8.3.4 The Faculty of Nursing operates in a modular style adapting to standards used for nursing
programs in Thailand and semester lengths may vary according to the various requirements of
the clinical placement program.
8.3.5 The University uses two annual Academic Calendars one for each campus. Each has different
starting and ending dates. The Calendar for the central campus is developed in the office of
the VPAA It is reviewed and approved by Academic Board and recommended for approval to
the Board of Directors. Regular planning has to be undertaken to integrate the overlap
between the two calendars (See Appendix 8-B for sample of the 2008-2009 Academic
8.4 Policies and Procedures for Student Records and Confidentiality
Standard procedures for student records are as follows:
• Grade sheets are signed by each Examination Board Chair (Chair of the Grades
evaluating committee) and instructors before submission to the Records Office. Only
authorized personnel are allowed to handle the grade sheets or to enter data into
computers. The software called New Online Students Registration and Educational
Services System (NOStRESS) for Admissions and Records has written internal control
• The confidentiality and safety of the documents is guaranteed by passwords, locked
file cabinets and appropriate backup copies.
• Permanent files and current records for students for the Nursing Program are in the
process of being transferred to the Central Campus (currently maintained separately in
a Records Office on the nursing campus independent of the central campus). On the
central campus permanent files are maintained for each student in the newly
refurbished Records Office. A new fire proof vault has been installed for the security of
the permanent records on the central campus.
8.5 Policies and Procedures Regarding Academic Conduct
Class attendance, timely completion of assignments, awarding of incomplete grades, and the
ensuring of academic honesty and integrity are regulated by consistently implemented policies.
They are published in the Academic Policy section of the University bulletin.
Students are expected to be punctual and present at all classes, lecture appointments,
laboratories and clinical or other work experience placements. Lecturers are expected to
maintain their own attendance records (See current Bulletin, p. 50).
Incomplete grades may be awarded in situations of illness or unavoidable circumstances. They
must be applied for and signed agreement is established for the completing of outstanding
work. If work is not handed in by the end of the following term the “I” grade will automatically
be recorded as specified in the contract (See current Bulletin, p. 51).
A more complete statement on academic honesty and plagiarism has been developed by the
faculty. It is intended that this statement will be included in the course outline materials
provided to each student (See current Bulletin, p. 55).
8.6 Policies and Practice Regarding Academic Evaluation of Students
Teachers are required to prepare a detailed course outline for each class to be provided to
each registered student at the time of the first class meeting. The outlines are meant to follow
a standard format that has been adopted across the University although some minor adaptation
is permitted to suit the particular needs of particular courses.
8.6.1 Each course outline should include the following information:
• A statement of the contribution of the course to the goals of the institution
• A statement of the contribution of the course to the program of studies
• A statement of the learning outcomes expected of students enrolled for the course
• A detailed outline of the content of the course and a tentative schedule of topics.
• An explanation of the way in which the course will be delivered or presented
• An outline of the way in which the course will be assessed along with details of
assignments and other work that may be required and the due dates for completion of
• A list of the textbooks required and other supporting bibliographic references. Outlines
will describe class attendance expectations and statements on academic integrity.
A copy of the template for course outlines and a sample course outline are found in Appendix
In 2002 the College developed a consistent institution-wide approach to grading for the
International program. With teaching faculty coming from different educational systems each
with their own approach to grading it has been important to adopt a common approach. The
policy also details expectations of how examination papers are prepared and marked.
A common grading system is also in place for the Thai-medium programs and although
approaches to academic work in the Thai-medium program may vary from practice in the
International program they are consistent with Ministry of Education guidelines and with
practice in other Thai institutions.
Consistent with Ministry of Education expectations, the University, across all programs, follows
the practice of requiring teaching faculty to prepare examination papers several weeks before
examination weeks. They are to be cross-checked by a teaching colleague before being
submitted to a meeting of the Faculty Examination Board for review and approval before they
are prepared for use in examinations. The awarding of grades is similarly reviewed by a later
meeting of the Faculty Examination Board before they are submitted to the Records Office.
Policies are in place for cross-marking of examination materials by colleagues where a
student’s results may be border-line and the student is at risk of failing.
The Assessment Policy also outlines the process of external review and external moderation of
students’ work to enable the University to be assured that the level and quality of work done at
Asia-Pacific International University is commensurate with that done at similar institutions
nationally and internationally. The document on Philosophy and Policy for Assessment is
found in the Academic Bulletin, p. 45.
8.7 Grade Distribution by Department
Grade distributions for the whole University are reviewed from time to time by the Academic
Board. A report on grade distributions for the year 2008-2009 is found in Appendix 8-D.
8.8 Policies on Advancement Procedures, Academic Honors and Academic Probation
Requirements for advancement to candidacy for graduation and the awarding of academic
honors are regulated by consistently implemented policies. They are published in the
Academic Policy section of the Bulletins
A carefully defined policy is in place for Academic Probation. Each semester, student grades
are reviewed and letters are sent from the office of the VPAA to those students whose
academic results have fallen below the minimum standards of progress informing them that
they have been placed on academic probation are being warned. The policy on academic
probation is outlined in the Bulletin, p. 58.
8.9 Policies Regarding Residence Requirements, Transfer Credits, and Graduation
8.9.1 Requirements for graduation, transfer of credit and residence are regulated by consistently
implemented policies. They are published in the Academic Policy section of the Bulletin, p. 42-
8.9.2 Graduation exercises are held once in a year.
At the conclusion of the Academic year in May Commencement exercises are held on the
central campus for both Mission Heights and Bangkok Hospital Campuses after Adventist
Colleges elsewhere with a Friday Evening Consecration Service, Sabbath Baccalaureate
Service and Sunday Graduation Ceremony in the morning and followed by Royal presentation
ceremony in the afternoon. In the afternoon ceremony Her Royal Princess Somsowali presents
graduating students with official Testamurs. The graduation exercises are attended by
Administration and faculty from both campuses. Sometime prior to these weekend services,
the nursing campus also schedules its Capping Ceremonies for first year students and its Lamp
lighting Consecration Service for graduating students.
8.9.3 Transfer of credit or advanced standing in a program is granted after careful assessment by the
Chair of Department and the Dean of Faculty. It is reviewed by the Appeals and Petitions
Committee and Approval is required by the Academic Board. (See Academic Bulletin, p. 40).
Challenge exams are also available to students under certain conditions.
8.10 Procedures for Initiating, Approving and Communicating Information about Changes in
8.10.1 On the central campus changes in academic policies and procedures may be initiated in a
number of different ways and from a number of different sources. They may be initiated from
different faculty or department meetings, the Academic Board, the Dean’s Council or Faculty
Forum. The Academic Records office may at times suggest a change and changes may at
times be proposed from parts of the constituency external to the University. The institution
endeavors to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of its constituency.
8.10.2 All proposed changes are examined by Academic Board and reviewed by Dean’s Council.
Consultation is sought through the Deans with individual faculties. Deans are expected to
report to meetings of their faculty and discuss proposed changes and issues. Significant
changes are also processed full Faculty meeting and the approval of the Board of Directors and
the University Council.
8.10.3 Changes in academic policies are communicated to the faculty and students in writing through
general circulars and are published on notice boards and are announced in the weekly
newsletter NEWSBYTE. Some changes require repeat announcements. Changes are then
included in the Bulletin as it is revised for the following year. All announced changes have the
same effect as those published in the Bulletin.
8.11 Alumni Records
8.11.1 The nursing campus maintains its own alumni files other records are kept by the Marketing and
Development office at Mission Heights campus.
8.11.2 Academic and financial records of central campus alumni are kept in the Records and Finance
offices until they are archived. At this time there is no policy for moving them from active to
The University alumni activities and the records of these activities are in place already.
NEWSBYTE International is published quarterly to maintain relation with the alumni.
8.11.3 All records from SAUC have been archived and have been digitally recorded on CD ROMs
which have been distributed for safe keeping in secure places. The physical files have been
transferred to the SAUM office in Singapore, which will handle their management.
8.12 Adventist Beliefs and Values
The values of integrity, honesty, and diligence are upheld in the academic policies and
procedures of the University.
On both campuses, in their regular interactions with students and with enquirers, staff
endeavors to model the Christian values of service and cheerful helpfulness.
8.13 Areas that Need Strengthening and Plans and Proposals for Improvement
8.13.1 Alumni data base development is continuing.
8.13.2 The new Blackbaud management system requires full implementation.
8.13.3 There is a need for further unification in the processes of development of academic policies
and applications across the campuses.
Thesis: The provision of student services such as counseling, co-curricular activities, and
residential accommodation should be appropriate to the institution’s educational purposes and
9.1 Student Services Staff, Flow Chart and Position Descriptions
9.1.1 The Student Services Administration of the University is led by a Vice President of Student
Administration (VPSA) who reports directly to the President and serves as the fourth ranking
officer of the University. The Vice President is assisted by the Associate Vice President for
Student Administration with primary responsibility for the Bangkok campus. The departmental
staff consists of two effective full-time secretarial positions, a chaplain, a University nurse, a
supervisor of student activities, coordinator of Student Development & Counseling Services,
residence deans and a director of food services. Position descriptions for the immediate
associates and a flowchart of responsibilities are found in Appendix 9-A.
9.1.2 Student Services on the Bangkok Campus are also the responsibility of the Vice President of
Student Administration; however, somewhat different administrative arrangements apply.
Food services are provided through the hospital cafeteria and one of the faculty members is
assigned the responsibility for student social activity planning. The Associate Vice president for
Student Administration oversees the student life aspects of the Bangkok Campus that include
personal welfare, living and learning, spiritual, mental, physical and social development. The
Nursing Residence Dean reports directly to the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing. Spiritual
activities are coordinated through the hospital church pastor who may also serve as Chaplain.
9.2 Assessment of Ways in Which the Student Services Promotes and Supports the
Transmission of Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs and Values and the Spiritual
Development of Students.
9.2.1 The beliefs and values of our church are upheld in the rules and guidelines that are set for the
students in dress, food, activities, and music. These ideals are supported and expanded upon
during morning and evening worships in the dormitories, and chapel once each week.
9.2.2 The University has also developed a Spiritual Master Plan for outreach and in-reach activities.
Student activities are designed to promote and support our Christian beliefs.
9.2.3 The 4 courses comprising the “Man Series” was renamed “The Human Quest” and these have
been redesigned to more effectively incorporate Bible teachings and SDA beliefs.
9.3 A Demographic Profile of the Student Body Including Major Shifts since the Last
9.3.1 The demographic profile of the student body on the Bangkok campus has remained fairly static
for the past three years. Enrollment has been allowed to grow by about 1% per year but this
has put significant pressure on the facilities available in the student residence. Females make
up approximately 96% of the student body. The ratio of male to female students, the pattern of
faith traditions and the make-up of the student body by region of origin has remained steady.
9.3.2 The profile of the student body on the central campus has been characterized by a steady rise
in the number of international students. This has been anticipated and planned for. The
increase has been slower than hoped for but growth has been steady. Males compose
approximately 59% of the student body in the International Programs. In the Thai-medium
programs, however, there is a greater proportion of females (80%) enrolled than males.
Details are provided in Appendix 9-B.
9.3.3 There has been a noticeable decline in the number of students applying for and enrolling in the
Thai-medium programs on the central campus. Several factors may account for this.
• One of the recent noticeable factors is the increase in the number of government
universities most of which were previously institutes of technology. Thai students now
have a greater choice and may opt to go to Government University which has lower
cost than private institutions such as Asia-Pacific International University.
• Some confusion and perhaps a sense of disenfranchisement has occurred during the
transition period as the University has adjusted to a major paradigm shift in operating
as an International University rather than as a Thai University.
9.4 Student Counseling, Career Planning, Guidance, and Placement Programs
At present the University provides for meeting student counseling and guidance needs in the
9.4.1 Asia-Pacific International University departmental faculty is committed and is available to assist
students in the area of academic advisement. Students are assigned an academic advisor
from their major field who assist them in planning their program of studies to meet their
academic objectives and achieve their full potential. Special attention is given to enable
students to achieve satisfactory academic progress. If a student fails to maintain satisfactory
academic progress, the advisor works with the student to develop a program to remedy the
situation. Faculty advisors are available to assist and are frequently called upon to advice or
counsel students in dealing with family, personal, social or spiritual concerns.
A select faculty with some training and experience in counseling and guidance in certain areas
comprise the core team of the student development and counseling center. Additionally the
center collaborates with other departments’ personnel to give seminars and presentations on
certain topics. A coordinator manages the day-to-day activities of the center. At present the
center is in the process of recruiting a new coordinator following the upcoming departure of the
present coordinator. Support staff such as dormitory deans, chaplain, and the church pastor,
are also available to offer pastoral and personal counseling services as needed.
9.4.2 Commencing in 2002-2003, the non-credit course, Orientation to Higher Education, became a
required course for all first-year international students. It is team-taught by a number of
lecturers and focuses on the development of fundamental life skills to ensure that students will
have to tools to be successful in a higher education environment. Topics include time and
stress management, study skills, personal life-management skills, test-taking strategies, word
processing and keyboarding skills and library research skills.
9.4.3 At the commencement of 2002-2003, a Student Development and Counseling Center (SDCC)
was formally established to focus and coordinate the provision of academic and career-related,
individual and group counseling services as well graduate studies advising. Availability of
appropriate student services is integral to Asia-Pacific International University’s mission to
develop the individual student as a whole person
The SDCC continues to conduct seminars in study habits, professional development, resume
writing, and other job search skills that have previously been organized directly by the VPSA.
In conjunction with the Department of Psychology and Education, career exploration/testing,
counseling services, mental health issues through seminars and workshops are offered.
Though a director of counseling is not yet in place, the Chair of the Faculty of Psychology and
Education provides services as counseling consultant to the SDCC and works closely with the
In December 2008, the University appointed Mrs. Jan Shipton to serve as a student advisor
within the SDCC. Mrs. Jan Shipton works as a non-paid volunteer and helps students with low
academic graded to improve their performance. She also helps students who have personal
problems and provides referral as necessary to other counseling personnel on campus or at
other mental health institutions. She is also presently overseeing the peer mentoring program
that involves bright students helping students with poor grades and on academic probation.
The SDCC exists to provide confidential guidance and counseling to the students of Asia-
Pacific International University for a healthy and balanced mental, emotional, physical and
spiritual well being. (SDCC Mission Statement)
The SDCC at Asia-Pacific International University is committed to providing counseling
services and preventive programs, which promote personal academic, and career development
as well as the psychological well being of students.
9.4.4 Guidance from the VPSA occurs throughout the school year but frequently takes place during
Freshmen orientation and also when students apply or register for classes, change or drop a
subject or change a major. The VPSA office also informs and advises students about cultural
expectations, University codes of conduct and dress codes for the campus.
The VPSA office also schedules guidance sessions for students with critical citizenship points
(from 10-100 accumulated points) and for students who need assistance in making decisions
regarding student campus life and for those who sometimes need improvement in their
academic performance. Parents are informed about the sessions by phone and/or letter and
are encouraged to come to the campus for a conference when a serious problem occurs.
Guidance sessions normally begin with a prayer and a relevant reading of a Bible passage.
This practice is followed both with SDA and non-SDA students. As far as the VPSA office
records indicate, implementation of this Christian approach to guidance has not presented a
barrier to students from other faith traditions but rather is welcomed.
9.4.5 Job placement activities come under the jurisdiction of the SDCC which assists graduating
seniors before they finally leave the University by organizing a job orientation seminar.
Resource speakers from outside the University family are invited to give helpful tips about job
hunting, how to prepare for a job interview and how to make sensible decisions regarding
employment. The University also invites alumni who have proved themselves to be competent
in their chosen career to come to University to make presentations and to encourage students
and serve as role models for the seniors. For nursing students, some private hospitals come on
campus to recruit senior students.
Faculty and friends of the University are encouraged to provide information regarding
Each year senior Thai-medium students attend the annual national job fair to get exposure to
more up-to-date and pertinent information about the demands of the world of work. Career
information in the form of pamphlets, posters, websites, and such-like are regularly posted on
notice boards as well as advertised for students to peruse.
9.5 Residence Facilities for Single and Married Students, Supervisory Staff and
Qualifications of Supervisory Staff
Asia-Pacific International University is a largely residential University with 94% of its students
living in residences provided on campus.
9.5.1 Housing for single students is provided on the central campus at Muak Lek in four modern four-
storey residence buildings and one three-storey residence. At present two four-storey
residences are used for housing men and two are used for housing women.
• The three, four-storey residences can each accommodate 174 students in 87 fully
furnished double-occupancy rooms. The fourth dormitory can accommodate 96
students in similar style rooms. Every student is provided with a bed, a mattress, a
desk, a computer station, shelves and a closet. All rooms have fans with the option
for air conditioning if the student is willing to pay the cost of running the unit. The
occupants of two rooms share a bathroom, which is divided into separate shower and
commode sections. There are two washbasins in the bathrooms.
The bathroom doors can be locked from inside the bathrooms for privacy, and can be
locked on the bedroom side, to ensure that the rooms are secured during the day while
students are attending classes.
• Each room is connected to the telephone and internet system. Students are required
to pay for external call service. Several public telephones are available around
• Each student is provided with a key to their room and a key to lock one of their
drawers. A 100 baht deposit is paid for each key, which is returned to the student
when the key is given back to the dean when the student leaves the University. If the
key is lost the student looses his/her deposit and has to pay for its duplication.
• The common areas include a ground-floor area for worship equipped with back-less
benches, two casual lounge areas equipped with sofas and armchairs, bookshelves
and four small tables which the students may use for studying.
• Each residence is equipped with a TV lounge. The television has to be turned off at
10:00 pm each evening and at 12:00 midnight in both dormitories on Saturday nights.
• Washing machines and dryers are available for student use. There are few washers
and dryers on some of the dormitory floors. Student Laundry attendants operate these
machines. The University is in the process of outsourcing the laundry services to an
external entity to improve accessibility and convenience. The laundry mart equipped
with self operated coin machines will be located at the basement level of the Ruth hall.
• Each residence has a kitchen on the first floor for student use. These kitchen rooms
have a refrigerator, built-in cupboards, a gas/electric stove and an oven. The kitchens
are usually kept locked but the students are able to get the key from the dean, the
monitor, or the residence assistant. Only foods consistent with the SDA food and diet
beliefs are allowed.
• Residence students are able to have home leave two weekends per month. Students
may be permitted to go home for all the weekends if necessary. They are permitted to
leave campus during the weekdays after 8:00 p.m. in the evenings with permission
properly granted by their respective deans. Students are expected back to the dorms
at 10:00 pm when the doors are shut.
9.5.2 Two two-storey apartment buildings are provided to accommodate married student families
each equipped with eight family-sized two-bedroom apartments totaling 16 units. All
apartments are furnished with basic household needs such as, refrigerators, beds, tables,
chairs, air conditioning units, fans, and gas ranges.
Married students are free to leave and enter Asia-Pacific International University without the
same time restrictions of the resident students in the dormitories.
9.5.3 Accommodation for single students on the Bangkok campus is provided in a single four-storey
residence erected in the 1970s Rooms accommodate up to four students with central bathroom
and shower facilities located on each floor. Clothes washing facilities are available on each
floor and airing and drying lines are available under cover on the roof. A lounge and TV room
is located on the ground floor adjacent to the foyer.
Students are permitted to take home-leave twice a semester or more if necessary.
Male nursing students are expected to find their own accommodation off-campus in the local
community. Limited accommodation is available for male students at the dorms ground level.
The two rooms have a separate entry door.
9.5.4 On the central campus modern furnished residences for dormitory supervisory staff are
provided on the ground floor of each residence building. A fifth dormitory is presently under
construction adjacent to Elijah Hall.
A full-time residence dean lives in the Ruth women’s dormitory: Mrs. Thunya Somphan (BS
Nursing). This is her fifth year as a dean at Asia-Pacific International University. She previously
worked at the Mission Health and Promotion Center close to the University.
A full-time residence dean lives in the Esther women’s dormitory: Mrs. Natchadarat Nanakorn
(MA Education). This is her third year as a dean at Asia-Pacific International University. She
previously served as a chaplain at Phuket Adventist Hospital and also worked at the Asia-
Pacific International University faculty of nursing
A full-time residence dean lives in the Nursing women’s dormitory in Bangkok: Mrs. Nidta
Korphol (MS. Nursing). This is her fourth year as a dean at Asia-Pacific International
University. She previously served as a chaplain at Phuket Adventist Hospital and also worked
at the Asia-Pacific International University faculty of nursing
A part-time residence dean lives adjacent to the Nursing women’s dormitory in Bangkok: Mrs.
Myrna Wolpin. This is her twelfth year as a dean at Asia-Pacific International University.
The full-time residence dean in the men’s dormitory is Mr. Monte Cheney. He holds two
masters degrees, one an M.S. in Statistics and the other an M.S. in Mathematics. This is his
first year as dean of men in Asia-Pacific International University. He has worked for three years
as a lecturer for the Asia-Pacific International University.
A full-time assistant to the dean in the Joshua men’s dormitory is Mr.Tawanchai
Saitharnmettajit. (BBA, Business Administration in Computer Information Systems).
A full-time assistant dean in the Elijah men’s dormitory is Mr. Long Dinh Quoc (BBA
Management and Entrepreneurship). Long is a former graduate of the Asia-Pacific International
University and has three years experience as a resident assistant and half a year in his current
roles as an assistant dean.
Each dorm gives opportunity for students to develop leadership and responsibility by employing
them as residential assistants, desk receptionists, monitors, janitors, and laundry attendants.
Each dorm has a dorm council, which is elected by the residents of each respective hall to
represent their interests to the residential management and University and also to plan social,
recreational and religious programming in the dorms.
9.5.5 On the nursing campus, the residence dean is accommodated in an apartment at the second
floor of the dormitory. An assistant residence dean lives in an apartment on the premises of
the nursing campus.
9.5.6 Student residence accommodation on the nursing campus in Bangkok is no longer crowded
since first-year students have moved to the Muak Lek campus. The dormitory has been
upgraded and modernized and there are currently 2-3 students to a room.
9.6 Policies and Guidelines for Student Food Services, Including Cafeteria Supervision,
Kitchen Equipment, Nutritional Aspects of Diet and Provision for Student Input
9.6.1 Food services for students on the nursing campus are provided by the hospital cafeteria. The
menu is Thai and vegetarian. Students pay for meals on a cash basis.
9.6.2 On the central campus at Muak Lek, food service is provided in a large modern cafeteria
equipped with a modern kitchen. The cafeteria employs a Thai Food Service Director who
supervises a kitchen staff of 25 people and additionally approximately a dozen students.
General policies and guidelines are as follows:
• Asia-Pacific International University cafeteria serves only vegetarian meals.
• All dormitory residents are required to take their meals in the cafeteria.
• The menu is to include only a moderate use of chili.
• The environment and equipment must be kept clean.
• The food must be kept clean during preparation and serving.
• A vegetarian bakery is approved as part of cafeteria services.
• Cafeteria service time is available between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm.
• A service to order (a la Carte) is available during the hours of 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm,
Sunday to Thursdays. The cafeteria closes on 5.00 pm on Fridays and 6.00 pm on
• As most of the students are Asians, the cafeteria serves mostly Asian dishes but also
includes a variety of other Western and other ethnic foods, for example Indian and
Vietnamese food to cater to the needs of international students.
9.6.3 Food is served in a semi-self-service style where students come to the counter to get their food
from the cafeteria personnel and then help themselves from other items on the serving
counters. This style is very helpful to the limited number of cafeteria staff in terms of meal and
facilities supervision and at the same time it trains students to be self-reliant.
9.6.4 Cafeteria equipment is strictly for use in the cafeteria premises only. On occasions where
cafeteria facilities and utensils are needed for University use outside of the cafeteria building,
the University personnel in charge of such activity are required to sign out for the needed
equipment. Cafeteria workers who lose/damage cafeteria equipment are charged accordingly.
9.6.5 Faculty members can rent cafeteria equipment for special occasions but are held responsible
for any loss or damage of the equipment being used. Students caught stealing cafeteria
utensils are subject to disciplinary action, and are required to pay a fine equivalent to the price
of the utensils stolen.
9.6.6 Cafeteria workers are not allowed to take left-over food home. Refrigeration facilities are
available for it to be stored properly and it can be heated and sold for the next mealtime. It is
not kept longer than the next meal.
9.6.7 Dormitory residents who are sick and cannot come to the cafeteria may request special meals
that better suits their health condition and may have it taken to the dormitory with proper
notification of the resident dean.
9.6.8 To ensure cleanliness in the use of the utensils and equipment, the cafeteria personnel have
assigned two permanents staff to supervise and check the washing procedures of spoons and
forks, plates, etc. Spoons and forks are normally washed with dishwashing liquid and are
soaked in hot water.
9.6.9 The purchase of vegetables and other foods and supplies is usually done by the purchasing
office while some groceries are ordered and delivered directly to the cafeteria.
9.6.10 A survey was administered in 2008 to obtain student feedback and to ascertain levels of
student satisfaction with the food service. The comparative results are found in Appendix 9-C.
9.6.11 A Food Services Committee serves as a standing committee of the University. The
membership of the committee includes two student representatives. See Appendix 9-C for the
terms of reference.
9.7 Policies, Guidelines, and Opportunities for Student Labor, including Supervision and
The work-study program at Asia-Pacific International University provides opportunities for
students on the central campus at Muak Lek who are interested in working on campus.
Students may work in the library, dorms, copy center, grounds, offices, and faculty homes, but
work availability is limited. Work opportunities are not available for students on the nursing
campus because of the complexities of time-tabling the clinical placement requirements of the
program. A summary of the work-study policy is found in Appendix 9-D.
9.7.1 While education costs money, Asia-Pacific International University is committed to trying to
make education affordable for its students. Efforts are made to help students in as many ways
as possible. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the SAUM SDA subsidy, work-
education programs, and others are encouraged to apply for any scholarships that may benefit
them. While all efforts are made to help students, they are made aware that they must put in
time and effort to finding resources for their education. Even if a student comes from an
economically disadvantaged background, they can study at Asia-Pacific International University
if they are prepared to work their way through.
Currently, approximately 289 students are recipients of the SAUM SDA subsidy scheme.
There are currently 186 students who receive matching work-study scholarship grants from the
University. There are 354 students who get loans from the Thailand government.
9.7.2 The SAUM SDA subsidy is granted to baptized SDA students coming from the countries that
comprise the Southeast Asia Union Mission. Eligible students get 25% of tuition fees regular
fees, room and board. Those under the matching work-study scholarship receive matching
funds of 50 to 100% of their work credit based on the need, number of hours worked, academic
performance and work grade. There is no limit on number of grantees who may receive these
scholarships. The total scholarship received by a student, however, is not permitted to exceed
75% of the tuition fees, regular fees, room and board. The matching scholarship is granted to
anyone who fulfills the requirements. These scholarships apply to both foreign and local
9.7.3 Thailand government loans are granted to needy Thai students and are able to be utilized for
their total tuition fees, room and board costs. A committee guides the application and awarding
9.7.4 From the very beginning when scholarship plans are discussed with the students they are
made to understand that there are conditions associated with these scholarships. They are
informed that if they fall short they may not receive these scholarships. Once the students
understand these, it is easier for them to accept the financial realities if they happen to default
on their work commitments.
9.8 Programs, Objectives, and Resources Provided to Support Student Cultural Activities,
Recreation, Athletics, Clubs and Other Co-Curricular Activities.
9.8.1 On the central campus at Muak Lek, sports and recreation facilities include the following:
• Three tennis courts
• Two outdoor basketball courts
• Three outdoor volley ball courts
• Three outdoor badminton or takrow courts
• A full-size football and athletics field
• An international standard six lane running track and associated changing
• An indoor fitness gymnasium in the student center
• A nearby swimming pool at the Mission Health Promotion Center is only available for
faculty organized activities and by prior arrangement and under specified conditions.
9.8.2 The nursing campus has an outdoor basketball court and an indoor auditorium.
9.8.3 The large Kitti-Tasanee 700-seat auditorium on the central campus provides an attractive
venue for social and cultural activities. A yearly calendar of social and cultural activities is
planned to ensure that the mandate of the Ministry of Education for Higher Education
Institutions is carried out. This mandate is to preserve and enhance Thai culture. To this end
each year events are planned that introduce students to Thai culture and to the many cultures
of the international student body. The following programs from 2008-2009 are typical
• Wai Kru Day - celebrated on both campuses
• Song Kran ceremonies and activities celebrated on both campuses
• Loi Kratong festivals
• Special events which enable the celebration of the culture of the geographical regions
of Thailand - nursing campus
• International concerts and cultural nights
• International culture Church Service and Sabbath School programs
9.8.4 Student clubs at Asia-Pacific International University must be approved by Student Life
Committee in order to be granted official club status or to receive approval as an official student
organization. Proposals for clubs or organizations are required to include a formal draft of the
proposed constitution or organization structure. Proposed clubs or organizations should have
the potential for continuing for more than just the present year. They should be planned to be
able to continue for at least a minimum of five years and must have a minimum membership of
at least 15 due paying members. In order to receive approval, constitutions are required to
include the following:
A statement of the mission, purpose and or objectives of the club which should include
the following concepts:
• Commitment to support or help for the community
• Commitment to support and promote the objectives of the University
• Commitment to support the ideals and philosophy of the University
• Commitment to the promotion of the personal growth and maturity of
• The objective of providing opportunity for students to develop creativity and
• Contribution to the achievement of group unity and the encouragement of team work
9.8.5 Support for University clubs is very limited but clubs may apply to the Vice President of Student
Administration (or to the Student Council) for grants each semester to conduct special projects
or activities. (Budgets are available for 10 clubs). The following criteria apply in the awarding of
• A maximum of 5,000 Baht may be applied for each semester (10,000 Baht per year).
• The objectives of the budget should benefit club members as a whole.
• The use of the budget should promote University/community/student welfare.
• A formal application shall be required with prepared budget statement setting out the
detailed expenses anticipated and show what fund-raising the club has done or plans
to do toward the budget.
• Support objectives and goals of the club.
• Priority will be given to proposals that involve different activities throughout the year.
Grants are not intended for “once-only events.”
• A written report shall be required on the expense of the grant and the results of the
activity to be presented to the Student Council Assembly (or VPSA) before further
grants are awarded.
9.9 Policies and Procedures Regarding Student Discipline, Including the Line for
Responsibility for their Implementation
9.9.1 Most of students at Asia-Pacific International University are mature. Relatively few students,
therefore, require disciplinary action. The deans are responsible for problems that may arise in
the dormitories. The Residence Deans’ Committee provides a forum for the discussion of
regularly occurring problems. Major problems, however, are forwarded to the Vice President for
Student Administration. Students are counseled but if the matter cannot be resolved, it is taken
to the disciplinary committee.
9.9.2 The Student Handbook was updated in 2006 with the help of the University President. A Thai
translation is also provided. Behavior that may result in a student being placed on citizenship
probation or asked to leave the school is outlined in the handbook. Improper behavior includes
persistent violations of Adventist standards of lifestyle, such as using tobacco, drugs, or
alcohol. Other examples of improper behavior include persistent failure to complete class
assignments or do course work, willful damage of school property, manifesting uncooperative
or belligerent behavior, and engaging in unethical or illegal activities. The line of responsibility
for implementing the student discipline policy is described in the 2008-2009 Student Handbook
9.9.3 Additionally an A-Z residential guide both in Thai and English is provided as a handbook
specifically on residential living and the rules and regulations entailed.
9.9.4 Both the Student Handbook and the A-Z residential guide are available electronically on the
University’s internal and main websites.
9.10 Procedures and Services Provided for International and Non-Resident (Day) Students.
With its growing international student population Asia-Pacific International University has
developed a number of policies to ensure that they are cared for and effectively integrated into
9.10.1 When international students initially arrive in the country they are met by University personnel
at the airport, train or bus station. In an effort to help them adjust to their new surroundings,
international students are given a campus tour and introduced to University personnel. The
Student Administration Department takes them to Bangkok and Muak Lek to help get them
familiar with Thailand. Orientation is provided for students to help them get acquainted with the
facilities, with one another, with University faculty and staff as well as important policies and
procedures. The residential deans assist in helping international students get adjusted to
9.10.2 A full-time Government Liaison Officer takes care of the visa requirements for students. The
University also assists in the students’ registration at the immigration office in their respective
embassies when necessary, and processes their exit clearance upon departure.
9.10.3 An International Students Club provides an opportunity for the international students to learn
organizational and leadership skills with the motto “Student activities by the students for the
students.” The club aims to train leaders who are self-reliant, independent, concerned about
other students’ welfare and most of all God-fearing. Interaction in these clubs helps them grow
by accepting differences in culture as opportunities of learning. A faculty member serves as
their advisor. Currently Mr. Monte (men’s residence dean) and Kari Cheney serve in this role.
9.10.4 International students are covered under the accident/health insurance policy the University
purchases from the Viriya Insurance Company. Other services needed by foreign students are
extended upon request.
9.10.5 Currently, there are 109 non-resident students who are residing in either Muak Lek or Saraburi.
Non-resident students are not required to attend worship services but are encouraged to join
worship services held in the dormitories. It is a requirement that they attend chapel and
assembly programs every Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
9.11 Enterprises and Services Provided for the Campus Community.
9.11.1 The University operates a campus store (MC Mart) that employs one full-time staff. The store
operates from 8 am-5 pm Monday through Thursday and is opened until 4 pm on Fridays and
provides a variety of supplies and services (copy center, post office, and bookstore) for the
campus community. Approximately 2,000 textbooks are sold to students every semester, in a
variety of disciplines for both Thai and International programs. A retailing computer software,
known as the "Point of Sale" program is used to manage the flow of transactions in the store.
The program uses the bar code system to keep track of the flow of cash. This program also is
instrumental in keep track of the inventory.
9.11.2 Transportation to the market and the shopping mall is provided once a week on Tuesdays
evenings. In addition students have an opportunity to get a ride to the local town Monday to
Friday when the mail man goes to the post office. The University has also outsourced
transportation to Bangkok to a local transport company with a van leaving the campus every 2
hours from 6.00 pm to 6:00 pm.
9.12 Student Health Care and Campus Security Services.
9.12.1 Health care insurance cover for students on the central campus is provided through a Student
Health Insurance Policy with the Viriya Insurance Company. Two policies apply, one for
accident and injury, the other to help provide for general medical expenses. The policies have
standard terms and conditions and are similar to those used at other Thai universities. A copy
of the terms and conditions is found in Appendix 9-E. A fee is collected from each student part
of which is used to cover the insurance premiums and part of which is used to provide medicine
and fund the operation of a clinic/wellness centre on campus which provides advice and cares
for first aid and simple treatments.
9.12.2 The following guidelines apply for reimbursements handled by the University in the provision of
the health care program:
• For non-emergencies, students are required to see the campus nurse first and she will
refer them to a hospital if needed. The medical expenses must be medically necessary
and usual, customary and reasonable.
• The medical expenses are incurred during the school semester.
• The student medical fund does not cover dental or optical expenses unless they are of
an emergency mature.
• Medical purchases may be reimbursed only for medicine prescribed by a doctor and
purchased from a hospital or clinic.
• When a student is injured or sick and requires long-term hospitalization, the University
will generally notify the student’s parents and ask the parents to take responsibility for
the student until he/she is able to study again.
• The University provides transportation to the hospital when students are sick.
• The administration of Asia-Pacific International University reserves the right to review
and restrict use of the student medical fund in the event of questionable charges or
9.12.3 On the nursing campus the University has an agreement with the Bangkok Adventist Hospital
for the provision of health care for nursing students. An accident insurance policy is also
provided through the AIA.
9.12.4 Campus security on the central campus is outsourced to a security firm from Bangkok. A
security coordinator from the University acts as a liaison with the firm and monitors their
operation to best serve the campus community. Twenty-four hour guard service is maintained
at each main gate to the campus and frequent patrols are carried out during the day and night.
On the nursing campus, security service is provided by the Hospital.
The campus security has implemented a vehicle/motorbike registration system to monitor who
is coming to the campus. The campus security enforces parking, speed and other traffic
regulations within the campus.
On December 2008, a campus safety officer was appointed to coordinate the safety needs of
the University. The campus safety officer will supervise a team of student emergency response
team and provide training for students, staff and faculty on emergency preparedness,
prevention and evacuation. The safety officer will coordinate security needs with the security
company and the local police agency. Mr. Alfred Neep a former law enforcement officer was
hired in December.
9.12.5 In 2004 a health, safety and security committee was formed to address health, safety and
security issues in the University. The committee is comprised of the campus safety officer
University nurse, security coordinator, residence dean, director for human relations, plant and
maintenance coordinator, vice president for student administration, vice president for finance
administration, student representative and faculty & staff representatives.
The health, safety and security committee plans fire drills in the residence halls and other
buildings in the University. In addition the committee facilitates the education of the University
community on disaster mitigation and emergency preparedness.
9.13 Student Government Policies and Process
9.13.1 The University has one student government organization. All full-time students are
automatically granted membership rights to the Asia-Pacific International University Student
Council as it serves as the umbrella organization for all other student organizations in the
institution. The Student Council serves as a helpful agency for student feedback for the VPSA
office. Whenever students want to give their suggestions and helpful input that needs to be
brought to the attention of the University personnel they are able to utilize the agencies of the
9.13.2 The Council serves as the training ground for future leaders under the supervision of the VPSA
and a number of the officers and executive committee members serve on the standing
committees of the University.
9.13.3 The VPSA office is very much involved in this as it is the major office responsible for organizing
activities and supervising election of officers/sponsors. The VPSA also sees to it that officers
and members adhere to the University policies and that all activities and plans reflect SDA
beliefs and values. See Appendix 9-F for a copy of the Student Council Constitution.
9.14 Future Plans and Priorities Regarding Student Services.
9.14.1 As the student population grows recruitment of qualified full time counseling personnel to staff
the Student Development Center and to assist with the planning and coordinating of student
activities is in process. In 2007, Pr. Carl Ashlock (MA in education-Counseling and Psychology)
and Mrs. Glenda Ashlock (MA. Counseling and a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor)
provided counseling for students in addition to teaching in the education and psychology
9.14.2 A fitness center was installed in the Student Center in 2001. The gym has been very popular
for our students and is open in the morning from 6.00 am - 8.00 am and late afternoons from
4.00 pm-7.00 pm. It is the desire of the University to maintain and replace equipment as
9.14.3 An emergency van was purchased and assigned to student administration that is available 24
hours to transport students to the hospital rapidly. The van is available for use for student
activities locally during non emergencies. A volunteer emergency driver team comprised of all
the deans and some staff at the university operates the van during the evening and night hours.
9.14.4 A student administration site within the University web site is available for visitors, students,
parents and highlights services provided and information on student life.
9.15 Specific Areas within this Criterion that Need Strengthening and Plans for
9.15.1 The approach to providing student counseling at the moment is a temporary measure but it is
adequately caring for the level of need. A University counselor is being recruited to provide full
time counseling services to the growing number of students.
9.15.2 The lack of regular and easily accessible transportation services for students on the main
campus at Muak Lek still remains a challenge. It is often cited by students as a significant
inconvenience and limitation. A private commercial van-service provides transportation from
the campus to Bangkok and Saraburi but access to Muak Lek is limited. The University
provides transportation to the market on Friday morning for married students. Transportation to
Muaklek is also provided for all students on Tuesday from 5-7 pm. Students rely on finding
rides with faculty and staff members who travel to Muak Lek and Saraburi.
9.15.3 As student enrollment has steadily risen, bed space has become limited and for some of 2007
and 2008 some students were housed 3 to a room instead of the normal 2 to a room. A modern
250 dormitory is under construction and is anticipated to be completed before the August
semester this year.
9.15.4 The nursing student’s dormitory in Bangkok has needed renovation and some of the work was
started last year but much still needs to be done. Current projects involve renovation of the
leaking rooftop, overhaul of the aging electrical system, painting of the common areas of the
dorm and replacement of windows. A budget for these repairs and renovations has been
allocated and the work should be completed within the first months in 2009.
Physical Plant and Facilities
Thesis: The institution’s buildings, classrooms, laboratories, facilities and their furnishings
should be appropriate to support the goals of the institution and its programs of studies.
10.1 The Institutional Master Plan with Supporting Documents
Asia-Pacific International University maintains two campuses, the central campus located in
Muak Lek District, Saraburi and the other on the compound of the Bangkok Adventist Hospital.
The central campus at Muak Lek is 446 Rai (178.4 acres) in area. Both properties are owned
by the Southeast Asia Union Mission (SAUM) through the Christian Medical Foundation of
10.1.1 The central campus has a few buildings that were erected in the 1980s during the initial stages
of the University’s development but most of the present facilities were completed after 2000. It
is thus, very largely, a new campus. The campus Master Plan for construction includes two
phases: Phase I was planned to accommodate 800 students and 150 faculty and staff and has
been completed. Phase II will accommodate 1800 students, with residence for 80% of the
student population and accommodation for most of the academic and support staff. Campus
construction and expansion have been carefully planned. The first element of Phase II
commenced mid-2008 with the construction of a new dormitory. A model of the campus layout
and proposed campus buildings is located in the narthex of the library. The following Master
Plan reports are located in the office of the Plant Services Department Manager:
• Master Plan Concept: Asia-Pacific International University
• Master Plan Report and Residential Conceptual Design, Volume 1: Architecture
• Master Plan Report and Residential Conceptual Design, Volume 2: Engineering
• Environmental Impact Report
10.1.2 Current residential buildings include four student residences (two for men and two for women)
and two married student apartment complexes (16 units). The four student residences each
include an apartment for residence deans. The four dormitories can handle a maximum of 618
beds and they are currently full to overflowing. Some accommodation has been acquired in
Muak Lek during 2008.
10.1.3 Residence buildings for faculty and staff provide a total of 87 accommodation units across a
range of sizes for families and single persons. These accommodations include the following:
• Seven double-story, 3-bedroom bungalow-type houses (7 units)
• Nine 3-bedroom duplexes (18 units)
• One double-storey, 2-bedroom townhouse complex (6 units)
• One 3-storey, 2-bedroom staff apartment complex (12 units)
• One single-storey studio apartment complex (6 units)
• Old cafeteria apartments (12 units)
• New cafeteria apartments (4 units)
• Maintenance building apartments (2 units)
• Pump house (1 unit)
• One handicap-accessible 2-bedroom apartment (1 unit)
• Four 3-bedroom apartments in dormitories (4 units)
• One double-story, 3-bedroom apartment complex in old elementary school building (4
• One double-story, 1- and 2-bedroom apartment complex in old elementary school building
• Ban Saithong daily worker apartments located at MHPC (4 units).
• Guest accommodation is provided in a guest house (6 units).
10.1.4 Four buildings, each with handicapped access house the academic functions:
• The Administration/Faculty of Arts and Humanities complex (remodeled January 2002) also
includes the 700-seat Kitti-Tasanee Auditorium, MC Mart and offices for Plant Services,
Custodial, Purchasing and Transportation and other support personnel.
• The Information Technology/Faculty of Business building (June 2000) includes the library,
Faculty of Business, Nursing Laboratory, Computer Support Services and the ESL
• The Faculty of Science and laboratories are located in the Science Building (June 2000)
• The 600-seat campus Church is located with the Faculty of Religious Studies (January
10.1.5 Three buildings provide for student life activities:
• The 500-seat Cafeteria includes kitchen and bakery
• The multi-storey Student Activities Center and office complex
• A sports complex and a separate changing room facility.
10.1.6 Additional ancillary structures include the following:
• Greenhouse for the Science department
• Maintenance building
• Newly Constructed Radio Studios in conjunction with AWR
• Newly Constructed Wastewater Treatment Plant (Used some existing tanks)
• Water pump house, 3 water storage tanks and 1 water tower storage tank
• Two guardhouses, one at each entrance.
10.1.7 The Bangkok campus includes four buildings:
• Faculty of Nursing (1986) for academic activities and administration, (Remodeled 2008)
• Nursing Student Residence (1958) which houses female students, (Remodeled 2008)
• Graduate Nurses Residence which houses some single female faculty
The University manages the academic building and student residence while the other buildings
are managed by BAH although Asia-Pacific International University retains ownership of the
structures. Nursing faculty and students use the BAH cafeteria and share the BAH SDA church
facilities. There is no master plan for this campus. Since the first two years of nurse training
have been transferred to the Mission Heights campus, current efforts are being made to
remodel and refurbish existing facilities in Bangkok.
The nursing student dormitory is comprised of 80 rooms and currently houses up to 180
students at 2 students/room.
10.2 Maintenance Responsibilities and Procedures for Buildings and Grounds
Maintenance responsibilities and procedures for the University vary according to the needs and
the nature of the two campuses.
10.2.1 Central Campus at Mission Heights, Muak Lek:
The responsibility for maintenance and general services lies with the Assistant to the Vice
President of Financial Administration. Maintenance and service departments are organized as
• The Plant Services Department is responsible for preventive maintenance and repairs of
buildings and related infrastructure, as well as keys. Seventeen full-time employees staff
the department. Some students are also employed and some services are provided by
outside contractors. The physical plant and grounds operations are managed by the
The Plant Services Department operating budget includes line items for salaries, benefits,
supplies, and equipment purchase and repair. Electrical, water, air-conditioning, and
telephone systems are detailed separately. The Grounds and Custodial Department
budgets each include labor, benefits, and basic supplies. A capital expenditure budgets is
available for the building of the current dormitory.
• Schedules and procedures for service and preventative maintenance have been
established for the various operating systems, such as the air conditioning. These
schedules are filed in the office of Plant Services Department Manager. A master plan has
been developed for maintenance items such as resurfacing roads, painting, replacing
windows, carpets, light fixtures, and plumbing.
• The Grounds Department is responsible for maintaining the property and providing some
student industry. Fourteen employees and some student workers staff the department.
The operating budget covers the areas that are currently landscaped. Areas outside the
landscaping (jungle) are not covered in the budget. There is as yet no long term plan or
budget for replacement of trees and shrubs and the irrigation system.
• The Custodial Department is responsible for cleaning of campus buildings. This
department is staffed by nine workers and some student labor.
• Security is administered by a private security firm.
10.2.2 Nursing Campus at Bangkok:
Day to day maintenance issues are usually coordinated through the office of the Financial
Controller for the nursing campus. The Faculty of Nursing Administrative Council oversees
expenditures. Major items of maintenance expense require approval by the University
Administrative Council. Agreements have been negotiated for the provision of maintenance
service as follows:
• Expenses for operation and maintenance of the Church are shared. BAH bills AIU for 1/3
of expenses such as electricity, custodial, water, and repairs, etc.
• Routine maintenance for the Faculty of Nursing AIU. Major maintenance such as painting
is contracted to outside firms. A reserve fund (depreciation) is maintained to fund major
repairs. Depreciation is fully funded and items requiring upgrading are currently being
• Grounds including lawns and areas around hospital buildings are maintained by BAH while
AIU is responsible for areas around the Faculty of Nursing Building and Nursing Student
Residence. No separate budget is provided. These items are charged to operating
10.3 Personnel and Procedures for the Maintenance of Infrastructure
Major infrastructure maintenance and service needs are handled according to the needs and
specific circumstances of the two campuses.
10.3.1 Central Campus at Muak Lek:
• Garbage collection and disposal is now handled by a contract with the government and
garbage is collected 6 days/week.
• Telephone services include 212 direct lines and 704 extension lines to provide a total of
916 lines as per the Phase I Master Plan. Service and maintenance is provided through
the Plant Services Supervisor.
• The newly constructed waste water sewer system is currently able to support a campus
population of more than 1000. The wastewater treatment system can handle 308 m 3/day.
About 60% of the wastewater is recycled and enters one campus pond where it serves as
a back up to the pond water system.
• Electricity supply is more than adequate (8140 KV) and is purchased from the government.
Current usage is 1,750 KV with an expected usage for Phase I at 6,250 KV. Emergency
lights are provided in some areas in case of power outages. A large diesel-powered back-
up generator is located on the ground floor of the IT/Faculty of Business building. This
provides lighting in case of power outages and powers the large UPS system (160 KV)
which provides back-up for three academic buildings. The fourth academic building
(located with the church) and other buildings have no back up power supply.
• Campus water supply is provided from four wells which have been bored on campus. Only
three are currently needed. Water is collected and stored in four tanks, a tower tank (160
m3) and three ground tanks (600, 400 and 200 m3). A back-up water supply is available
from the government and can be accessed as needed. Local water supply is heavily
mineralized and requires expensive filtering and treatment. Costing studies completed in
early 2001 indicated a marginal cost benefit to utilizing campus well water at this time
rather than relying on the government reticulated system.
• Water for drinking requires further purification. Usage for 2003-2004 was 3.94 m3/day.
Phase I expected usage is 4.7m3/day and the current system can handle 12 m3/day.
Capacity was doubled since the last AAA visit.
10.3.2 Nursing Campus at Bangkok:
• Roads are maintained by BAH, but AIU is responsible for any specific damage caused by
AIU vehicles. No regular repair budget is specified, so general operating funds are used
• Parking lots are maintained by AIU.
• Garbage collection and disposal service is provided through BAH.
• Water service is provided through BAH and billed to AIU based on metered usage.
• Sewerage service is provided through BAH, however, AIU is responsible for any repairs in
• Electricity is provided through BAH and billed to AIU based on metered usage.
• Security services are provided by BAH as a courtesy to AIU.
10.4 Laboratory facilities that support academic programs
10.4.1 The central campus at Muak Lek has adequate laboratory facilities to support the current
student population with room for additional expansion in some areas. A variety of laboratories
support the academic programs:
• Computer Laboratories (192 m3) with 132 computers. This is up from 62 computers on the
• Library computers for student use 16 computers.
• Classrooms with computers and projections units 11.
• Campus servers 11.
• Language laboratory (92 m3) twenty five PCs. This is new since the last AAA visit.
The Science building houses 9 laboratories with a variety of equipment:
• Anatomy & Physiology (96.6 m3) with an attached preparation room (11.4 m3)
• Microbiology/Cell Biology (92.4 m3) with an attached preparation room (20 m3) and a
temperature regulated culture/stock room (8 m3)
• General Chemistry (109.2 m3) with a shared stock room/preparation room (35 m3)
• Organic Chemistry (109.2 m3) with a shared stock room/preparation room
• General Biology (94.5 m3) with an attached preparation room (21 m3) and museum (28
• Ecology/Botany (77 m3) with an attached preparation room (15 m3), and herbarium 31.5
• Physics/Plant Tissue Culture (109.2m3) with an attached preparation room 14.2m3)
• Two Faculty/Student Research (each 36 m3)
Additional science facilities include:
• Chemical storage room (5.4 m3)
• Plant tissue culture room (10.9 m3)
• Greenhouse/animal house (197.6 m3) with an attached shade area (187.2 m3)
10.4.2 Laboratory equipment has been funded by various sources. The Language laboratory was
established before the merger of the three campuses. As part of the Phase I Master Plan the
SAUM provided some start-up funds for equipment for the computer and science laboratories.
A science equipment master plan was submitted to the SAUM and forty million Baht was
committed to setting up the science laboratories and providing equipment; however, only 17
million was actually invested in this project. The remainder of the funds was diverted to other
projects. The Nursing laboratory set-up was provided by trust funds.
10.4.3 Inventory lists are lodged in the respective departments. Language laboratory equipment was
replaced with a modern laboratory since the last visit it is currently very adequate for the
current students needs. Computers are updated or replaced on a 3 year cycle and are
adequate for the current student population. Both Nursing labs are new or recently remodeled.
It is a continued challenge to keep equipment up to date with modern medical standards.
Some areas of science are well-equipped while other areas still need additional equipment and
some areas are supported by minimal equipment.
10.4.4 The Faculty of Nursing has three laboratories:
• The computer Laboratory is integrated on the first floor with the library.
• The basement includes the Fundamentals of Nursing Laboratory (72 m3). This lab has
been remodeled and newly outfitted with equipment.
• Fundamentals of Nursing Laboratory (96 m3) with 10 beds. This has been newly rebuilt
since the last visit.
10.5 Ways in which the Physical Plant and Facilities Promote and Support the Transmission
of Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs and Values and the Spiritual Development of Students
Maintenance personnel on both campuses are familiar with the institutional mission and
understand the expectation that all employees support the values upheld in the mission
10.5.1 Mission Heights Campus:
The rural campus setting, away from distractions of the city, is conducive to the physical,
mental, and spiritual development of both students and teachers. The campus is well
organized and easily accessible by foot. The sculpture at the entrance to the campus is a
reminder of the holistic approach to life embracing the mental, spiritual and physical which is at
the heart of the institutional philosophy.
The prominent location of the church, set symbolically and functionally on a hill, provides for
inspiration, focus and worship. The church as the focal point on campus is also a symbolic
reminder of the Christian ideal of Christ-centered living. The Thai Sala provides a site for
meditation and reflection. The student residences have worship rooms and are also in close
proximity to the sports complex and Student Center where students and staff can participate in
individual and team sports.
The academic buildings have a coherent architectural style and construction and provide an
excellent environment for learning.
10.5.2 Nursing Campus:
The large city setting provides an opportunity to minister to a large population of non-Seventh-
day Adventists. The distinctive mission and objectives of the BAH in providing Christian health
care are embodied and expressed in the service provided by the BAH. This institution
constitutes the immediate living environment for nursing students and is the context for much of
the clinical practice experience required for nursing students. The BAH SDA Church provides
a location for religious services.
10.6 Areas that Need Strengthening and Plans for Improvement
10.6.2 Currently all maintenance is up-to-date and is well managed. With the exception of the need of
new roofs on the administrative building and the auditorium. The cost of this roofing is
฿285,000 so it is well within our means.
With the completion of Phase I of the new Dormitory, our building needs are met for the
immediate future. Funding is needed to complete the second phase of that building. Office
space is sometimes limited, but recent extensive renovations have created more faculty office
space. Even though classrooms are used only about 30-40% of their capacity, there is
sometimes congestion and tension between faculties in the IT building. Relieving that
congestion would help. Besides this it would be good to update the computer laboratories.
Thirty or so new computers were bought a few years ago, but the old ones were not removed.
It gives the appearance of being out of date, but it is adequate. One challenge with the
equipment, especially technical equipment like computers, is that they were all bought about
the same time. So, they all become obsolete at the same time. We are struggling to break up
these waves by making some purchases every year. Another priority is the construction of a
covering over the basketball court so there is some covered sports area on campus.
Public Relations and External Constituencies
Thesis: Public relations activities of the university/University will provide an opportunity for
dialogue with external constituencies that provide useful and accurate feedback to the
institution and positions the school/university positively in the minds of the various constituent
11.1 Institutional Publications and Media Productions
During the interim years from each visit, the University has developed a range of publications
and media productions. These will be available for inspection in a separate media production
folder or in the media display booth on site at the time of the site visit.
11.1.1 The University currently issues the following publications:
SCRIPTOR an annual scholarly, refereed publication, produced by the Faculty of Arts
and Humanities and containing articles, features, letters, literary pieces and book
reviews. Editor Dr Beulah Manuel.
CATALYST an annul scholarly, refereed publication, produced by the Institute of
Adventist and Interdisciplinary Studies and containing scholarly articles from the faculty
at this institution or elsewhere. Editor Dr Wann Fanwar.
STUDENT YEARBOOK “TAPESTRY” Yearly publication by the student Council (SC)
NEWSBYTE- a weekly 4-page newsletter published in English by the Marketing and
NEWSBYTE INTERNATIONAL an alumni magazine. Produced four times per year for
alumni and interested persons by Marketing and Advancement.
Asia-Pacific International University Website. Web Page was launched in 2009.
WebPages updated regularly
Asia-Pacific International University Intra Net Website- For students, faculty and staff.
Annual graduation program brochure. Ten pages (5 sheets published in Thai and 5
English). Office of the VPAA.
Faculty of Nursing Alumni newsletter. Published in Thai every three months by Faculty
of Nursing Alumni. Editor and editorial Committee regulate.
Library Information: a monthly newsletter produced by the Library in both hard and
SPARK, Newsletter of Mission Hospital, the Faculty of Nursing and the Hospital
11.1.2 The Institute Press. The Press was established in 2006 under the Institute of Interdisciplinary
Adventist and Asian Studies. It functions to stimulate research through its two centers: E. G.
White Heritage Research Centre and Translation and Cultural Research Centre and to publish
the findings in international journals, Catalyst or through the Institute Press in the form of books
and pamphlets. The purpose of the Institute is as follows:
To enhance the research and academic work within all the University Faculties and
Departments. In particular, to encourage teachers in all faculties in the institution to become
involved in research projects that explore and develop new knowledge in their area of specialty
and in the relationship of their disciplines to other disciplines of interest with a specific focus on
serving the needs of the church and the community in Southeast Asia
Research Areas (see Appendix 11-A)
For example, studies related to the operation, management, or finances of SDA
Church / institutions within SAUM territory.
For example education studies with a focus on teaching and learning, values and
pastoral care in the school setting and administration with reference to the educational
needs and the Adventist school system within SAUM territory
Health and nursing studies, for example, with reference to SDA lifestyle issues and
health care institutions within SAUM territory.
For example, Adventist historical studies or studies on church growth, mission, and
church related sociological/cultural issues. Studies related to Adventist teachings /
practice with particular focus on Asia or SAUM territory.
For example, research concerning the impact of science and technology on modern
understandings of spirituality and its modes of expression
• Provide resource materials in the area of the development of spirituality in personal and
• Undertake research projects on behalf of constituency organizations to facilitate greater
understanding of the Southeast Asian cultural and religious context.
• Undertake consultancy contracts under the sponsorship of such other organizations that
the Institute shall enter agreement with.
• Publish research in professional journals of national and international reputation
• Provide materials for church publications where appropriate
• To organize an annual seminar or academic forum for the enhancement of regular teaching
activities by the faculty. Presenters may be faculty members or visitors and the seminars /
forums will also be opened for the wider University community or teachers, pastors /
interested persons from institution’s constituency.
11.1.3 The University currently produces the several promotional materials in English and Thai
language. These are given away at Educational fairs, visitations to schools and academies.
Currently the University is upgrading its power point presentation and a ten (10) minute video
which will be in English, Thai, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Vietnamese languages.
11.1.4 The University has undertaken promotional advertising in educational directories for Thailand
and event program directories. Spot advertising has also been done for Saraburi radio stations
about our University.
11.1.5 Educational Media Center Publications and Video Production. Photographs of events in the
University are recorded and stored electronically on the University intranet. Access to these
photos is open to all who have a need for them.
11.1.6 The University generally follows a protocol in the development and production of publications
and media materials by the Marketing and Advancement department for a faculty:
• Faculty within a department initiates an idea for promotion relating to the need for
promoting a particular program or a particular department.
• Concepts are discussed with marketing personnel.
• The Dean of Faculty or Department Director commissions the writing of the basic copy
for the brochure and consults with the marketing personnel.
• Consultation with the Chair of the Marketing Committee regarding appropriateness of
the concept and/or design.
• Marketing Office obtains quotations from designers or printers through the Purchasing
• Marketing Office completes copy-editing and consults with faculty.
• Marketing Office issues copy and design to printer for production of proof copies
through the Purchasing department.
• Faculty and marketing office personnel review and proof copies.
• Proof reading is undertaken by a minimum of three experienced personnel.
• Marketing Director signs off on job and authorizes printer to proceed with publication of
11.1.7 The General Objectives and Publication Policy for CATALYST and SCRIPTOR are as follows:
• To provide an avenue for both the faculty and students to publish their writing and
• To encourage both faculty and students to produce scholarly writing worthy of
• To promote the University and its programs not only in Thailand, but also to the entire
Southeast Asia and outside.
• To provide an opportunity to witness for Christ.
• To publish news worthy articles, events, and in-service training programs.
11.2 Policies and Procedures Regarding Institutional Advising and Supervision of Student
Sponsored or Coordinated Publications
• Tapestry a yearly publication by the student Council (SC) documenting activities
throughout the year in pictures. Its first volume was in 2004.
• A Student Publication Policy document is not in place yet since there aren’t any
student publications other than the yearbook, which is approved by the student life
committee and marketing department.
11.3 The Processes involved in the development of the institutional web site or other institutional
information available through the Internet
11.3.1 Asia-Pacific International University web site (www.apiu.edu) was developed in the year
2001 and has been maintained regularly.
11.3.2 The web site provides institutional information, mission statement, academic information, online
registration service, library information and more, which is available to public access through
11.3.3 In addition to the official website, the University has an internal organizational web site
(Intranet) which enables employees and students to access information, manage data, projects
and other information available online within the institution. The address http://intranet.apiu.edu
allows internal centralized access to reach information resources that benefit employees as
well as students.
11.3.4 The online program called No STRESS is in the process of being replaced by the BLACKBAUD
and interfaces with the University website. This program allows students to apply, register
classes and check their grades online. It is also helpful for teachers needing to access course
data on the students enrolled in their class
11.3.5 The University Church and the Library have websites that are linked to the main University
website but can also be accessed independently.
11.4 Future Plans Regarding Institutional Publications
11.4.1 A Faculty and Staff photograph directory has been published on the Intranet for the purpose of
facilitating the orientation and induction of the many new and temporary faculty. A student
photograph directory is now in production through the student administration but on a limited
11.4.2 The Academic Bulletin will be continually upgraded to meet changing needs of the university.
11.5 A Description and Assessment of the way in which the Institution Presents its Unique
Mission and Promotes its Academic Programs, Services, and Plans to its Constituency
and Other interested parties.
11.5.1 The kind of students the University wishes to attract relates closely to the mission, vision, long-
term goals and the strategic plan of the institution. Established as a venture of faith and with a
commitment to establishing an ongoing scholarly faith-community, the University views itself as
working in partnership with the Holy Spirit to attract the kind of students who will respond to the
particular program offered by the University. The institution has a collective commitment and
adopts an intentional thoughtful strategy to impact the lives of young people in Southeast Asia
in particular. It believes that with these priorities, success in terms of enrolment and spiritual
growth will follow.
11.5.2 The unique features of the education offered by Asia-Pacific International University that are
promoted to its constituency and its publics are:
Christian values and ethos
Holistic approach to education with emphasis on personal nurture
Ability to give individualized attention to students with a focus towards performance
Location and environmental setting
Ability to offer an “immersion experience” for English language learning
Truly international curriculum recognized and accredited internationally
International standard facilities
International student body which provides an enriched learning experience for
Successful record in preparing young people for employment and service in their
church and their societies
11.5.3 The University has utilized the following ways for the general promotion of its programs and
Several different promotional brochures have been developed each serving specific
purposes and promoting special aspects of the University or specific programs of the
institution. These have been used in conjunction with promotional visits and activities.
They have been widely distributed by mail and in person on visits to churches, at
church-related programs and through education fairs by Muak Lek campus staff.
Muak Lek campus Thai Business faculty visits numerous schools in many provinces
(see PR folder).
Two large promotional displays have been developed for use in booths at exhibitions
or at church functions. Other materials developed include a CD Rom; a video; give-
always such as pens, key chains, rulers, post cards and notepads. PowerPoint
presentations have been prepared and are made available to personnel engaged in
11.5.4 The University has focused its promotion to its specific Adventist constituency in the six
countries of the Southeast Asia region and the rest of the world through the following activities:
Regular staff and faculty visits to churches and schools in the Southeast Asian Union
area (e.g. Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) and the Asian countries
of Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia and China for preaching and presenting Mission
the University. In Europe, Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, Fairland and Poland were
Student group outreach programs: ministerial group visiting schools and churches in
Phrae and Kanchanaburi Provinces, other visits to churches in the Thailand Mission
Promotion through contracting out the use of University facilities for church related
conferences seminars, and rallies.
Articles in the Adventist World and Record
The University Website updated regularly
Advertising for faculty in APN.
SAUM and the local Mission’s Education departments have sent students to the
institution. Through such sponsorship programs, they continue to support the
University by promoting the institution to its members and potential students.
Currently, the total number of sponsored students from SAUM countries is a 100 of
these 75% sponsorship and other types of scholarships. The University corresponds
regularly with the Missions in these countries, and sends promotional materials to them
and their high schools.
11.5.5 Asia-Pacific International University has focused its promotion to its non-Adventist publics
through the following activities:
Contracting out the use of the University facilities for conferences, seminars and rallies.
Arranging invitations for choral groups to sing at Bangkok hotels during the Christmas
festivities season for the past two years.
Purchasing advertising in Educational Media such as: EDUCATION THAILAND;
SARABURI TOUR GUIDE; BANGKOK POST Insert (Directory of International
Schools); THAILAND CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY; SUNNY HILL SCHOOL MEMOIRS;
DIRECTORY OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THAILAND (name in Thai); MUAK LEK
AREA GUIDE and other local papers.
Asia-Pacific International University website updates
Participation in Education Fairs conducted in Thailand and overseas.
Hosting of visits to campus by personnel from other Universities and schools.
Asia-Pacific International University has made promotion trips to SAUM region and within
Thailand. Promotional trips have also been carried out in other countries which are regarded as
catchment areas of students for the University.
SAUM and the University have also organized some events at our University campus.
The University has sent representatives to and hosted several English camps within Thailand
where students are exposed to the University.
11.6 Academic programs targeted at helping the local community
11.6.1 Branch Outreach programs to teach English and life skills to low income children in surrounding
11.6.2 Every year senior Nursing students from the Bangkok campus spend a month of field
internships in hospitals and communities in districts within close periphery to the University’s
Muak Lek Campus. The month long internship involved primary health care, maternal and child
health care etc.
11.6.3 English skills seminar for Thai teachers teaching English
11.6.4 Students and teachers from the University are currently teaching English to the Saraburi Police
Academy as well as to the Siam cement factory.
11.7 Institutions activities designed to cultivate a positive image in the community, its
constituency, and other publics
11.7.1 The following list describes some of the activities undertaken on the main campus at Muak Lek
to build a positive corporate image for the University in the community.
Branch Sabbath School Christmas Prpgram (December 2007)
Staffs and Workers Spiritual Seminar (December 2007)
Phuket Mission Hospital, Phuket Thep Aum Nui School and Tsunami Victims Health
Seminar (April 2007)
Mission College Church Branch Sabbath School Members Seminar (September
Week of Prayer at Phuket Mission Hospital (February 2008)
Spiritual Emphasise week at Thep Aum Nui Scool, Phuket (February 2008)
Nature Camp for non Christian 1, Kao Yai (April 2008)
Nature Camp for Non Christian 2, Kao Yai (October 2008)
English and Spiritual Camp at Nong Kee Church, Burirum (May 2008)
Eden Valley Academy Week of Prayer (November 2008)
Hmong Evangelism Meeting at Papewng, Wang-Jao District, Tak Province
(December 20-25, 2008)
Evanglistsic Camp –Teaching Bible Through English at Chid-Jai Cheun High School
at Prajinburi Province (December 22-23, 2008)
Other Community Outreach Projects:
English Camp at Nikhomkumsoi Pitayasun School, Mookdaharn (October 2007)
Lung Kao School/Teaching Project, Muak Lek (November 2007)
Lung Kao School/Teaching Project, Muak Lek (September 2007)
Freshman Class community project/building Tagraw course/repaint the
library/teaching project, Muak Lek (March 2008)
Barn Chong School English Camp/ teaching project, Kieng Koi (July 2008)
English Camp at Muak Lek High School in cooperation with The Walla Walla
University USA (August 2008)
Kao Mai Kwien School Library Development/Teaching Project (November 2007)
Maela Relief Project, Tak (January 2004)
Maesareang Relief Project, Mae Hongsone (June 2004)
Money Distibution Project, Eden Valley, Tak (November 2008)
Teaching English for Muak Lek district Officer (as invited)
Mission Language Center, Muak Lek (continually)
Red Cross Blood Donation at Mission College, Muak Lek Campus (Annually)
Hotel caroling by the College choir during the Christmas period (Annually)
Aids awareness and prevention programs (Annually)
Drug dependency prevention program at Muak Lek (annually)
Community service projects with other This universities (as invited)
Off-campus singing ministries at other congregations (as invited)
Volunteer Club helping community build sports field at Ban Siraim School,
Rattanaburi district, Surin Province (December 18-25, 2008)
House for disabled community member May 2007.
Dental Service learning trip in conjunction with Loma Linda School of Dentistry.
Eden Valley Academy, December 2006
Chiang Mai Adventists Academy, December 2008
HRA Kings Birthday Community service, December (Annually)
11.7.2 The master plan in the Faculty of Nursing Bangkok spells out a policy to represent good
nursing services to uphold the name of the University.
11.7.3 The faculty of nursing continues to cooperate with both government and private agencies in
11.7.4 The following list describes some of the activities undertaken on the Nursing campus at
Bangkok during the past three years to build a positive corporate image for the University in the
Senior Nursing students take their field internships at district hospitals and
communities in districts close to University’s Muak Lek Campus. The month long
internship involves primary health care, maternal and child health care etc.
Membership in the committee for national tests for nurses licensure every year
Membership in the Thai Nursing Council
Consultants to other entities in Bangkok and speaking engagements
Hospital visitation program at the Bangkok Adventist Hospital
11.8 Institutional Programs Relating to Alumni and Former Students, their Organization,
Input, and Support for the Institution’s programs and Plans.
11.8.1 There are three main groups of University Alumni; the Nursing Faculty, the South Asia
Adventist Union University (SAUC) and the Mission University Muak Lek Alumni.
11.8.2 The University has an Alumnus Coordinator who successfully publishes and distributes
NEWSBYTE International to alumni four times per year.
11.8.3 The SAUC Alumni Chapter has been trying to establish effective contact with Alumni in USA
and Malaysia. The first joint Mission University/SAUC alumni homecoming was conducted in
November 7, 2008.
11.8.4 The Office of Institutional Research and Quality Assurance has developed instruments to follow
up graduates from all programs.
11.8.5 The University also involves Alumni in the curriculum revision process by appointing some
Alumni to be members in the External Curriculum Revision Board.
11.8.6 The former Mission University Nursing Alumni Association (nursing campus at Bangkok) has
been operating for 55 years with a membership over 1600. Most of these are Thai and they are
a limited number of international members. The following activities occur:
An annual meeting of alumni is held every July and Junior and Senior nursing students are
invited to attend. Money raised is used for equipment purchases.
Each nursing class has an alumni representative who keeps in touch with members and
these representatives write letters and keep in touch with members to solicit support.
An Alumni Newsletter is distributed twice a year.
11.10 Ways in which all public relations functions of the Institution promote and support the
transmissions of SDA beliefs and values and the spiritual development of students
11.10.1 All of the publications/promotional brochures highlight and feature, photographs of the church
or of student activities related to the Church. This is an intentional feature of University
promotional material and it is planned to highlight in this symbolic way the central place that the
Church and Spiritual concerns have in the life of the community for both students and members
or the institution’s constituency.
11.10.2 Newsletters regularly highlight reports of student outreach and activities in the community.
Baptisms and Church spiritual events or special Church services and religious events are
highlighted and featured in the newsletter publications.
11.11 Plans for Development and Improvement within this Criterion, Stating how each Plan will
(a) Improve the Institution’s Spiritual Mission and (b) Implemented.
11.11.1 Continue to develop a strategic recruitment program with enrolment growth being driven
philosophically rather than just for economic reasons is an important area of development.
11.11.2 The University currently offers a small number of scholarships to high achievers in Adventist
High Schools within the Southeast Asian Union Conference area. This program needs to be
promoted more extensively and extended to other schools to allow academically bright nursing
applicants from Thai schools to be targeted. It is planned that as monies are made available
through development and fund raising activities and possibly through a union/division wide
offering, more scholarships will be able to be offered to bright/needy students.
11.11.3 The development of a new corporate image as the institution assumes university status is
necessary for recruitment here in Asia as well as abroad. The image will portray the institutions
philosophy and our embrace of Christian education.
Student Recruitment and Follow-Up
Thesis: Student recruitment and follow-up programs must be developed to ensure the well-
being of the College/University.
12.1 Ways in which the Institution Presents its Unique Mission and Promotes its Academic
Programs, Services, and Plans to its Constituency and Other Publics
The kind of students Asia-Pacific International University (AIU) wishes to attract relates closely
to its mission, vision, long-term goals and the strategic plan of the institution. Established as a
venture of faith and with a commitment to establishing an ongoing scholarly faith-community,
the University views itself as working in partnership with the Holy Spirit to attract the kind of
students who will respond to the particular program offered by the University. The University
has a collective commitment and adopts an intentional thoughtful strategy to impact the lives of
young people in Southeast Asia in particular. It believes that with these priorities, success in
terms of enrolment and spiritual growth will follow.
12.1.1 The unique features of the education offered by Asia Pacific International University that are
promoted to its constituency and its publics are:
• Christian values and ethos
• Holistic approach to education with emphasis on personal nurture
• Ability to give individual attention to students with a focus towards performance
• Location and environmental setting
• International faculty
• Ability to offer an “immersion experience” for English language learning
• Truly international curriculum recognized and accredited internationally
• International standard facilities
• International student body which provides an enriched learning experience for students
• Successful record in preparing young people for employment and service in their
church and their societies
12.1.2 The University has utilized the following ways for the general promotion of its programs and
• Several different promotional brochures have been developed each serving specific
purposes and promoting special aspects of the University or specific programs of the
institution. These have been used in conjunction with promotional visits and activities.
They have been widely distributed by mail and in person on visits to churches, at
church-related programs and through education fairs by Muak Lek campus staff.
Faculty of Nursing distribute brochures to secondary schools in Bangkok and some
other schools in provinces throughout Thailand (a promotional materials or leaflets
folder containing marketing materials will be available on site at the time of the visit).
The Faculty of Nursing personnel visit selected secondary schools in Bangkok,
Chonburi and Khorat. At the Muak Lek campus, Thai Business faculty visits numerous
schools throughout Thailand
• Two large promotional displays have been developed for use in booths at exhibitions
or at church functions. Other materials developed include a CD Rom; a video; give-
aways such as pens, key chains, rulers, and t-shirts. PowerPoint presentations have
been prepared and are made available to personnel engaged in promotion activites.
12.1.3 Asia-Pacific International University has focused its promotion to its specific Adventist
constituency in the six countries of the Southeast Asia region through the following activities:
• Display booth has been set up at the ASI Convention in December 3 – 7, 2008 in
Kuala Lumpur, promotional booth in the International Pathfinder Fair in Muak Lek,
Thailand, booth at the Bi-Chinese Camp Meeting in Melaka, Malaysia, the Triennial
session of Thailand Adventist Mission and others.
• Regular staff and faculty visits to churches and schools in the Southeast Asian Union
area (eg Thailand and Malaysia) for preaching and presenting Asia-Pacific
• Muak Lek campus and Faculty of Nursing visits to Adventist secondary schools in
Thailand (Ekamai and Chiang Mai Academy, Sabah Adventist Secondary School,
Goshen Adventist Secondary School, in Sabah Malaysia and Sunny Hill Secondary
School in Sarawak.
• Meetings with Presidents, VPAAs and Marketing Directors at LSU, PUC and LLU.
• Student group outreach programs: ministerial group visiting schools and churches in
Phuket; Malaysian student group visit to churches in Peninsular Malaysia and other
visits to churches in the Thailand Mission area.
• Promotion through contracting out the use of University facilities for church related
conferences, seminars, and rallies, e.g., Pathfinder camps held on campus for Ekamai
School groups, 2007 and 2008; “Integration of Faith and Learning” Seminar by GC
Education Department, (coming in July 2009); Loma Linda.
• Proposal to offer ministerial training for Chinese Union at Muak Lek campus.
12.1.4 The University has focused its promotion to its non-Adventist publics through the following
• Contracting out the use of the University facilities for conferences, seminars and rallies.
• Arranging invitations for choral groups to sing at Bangkok hotels during the Christmas
festivities season for the past two years.
• Purchasing advertising in Educational Media such as: EDUCATION THAILAND;
SARABURI TOUR GUIDE; BANGKOK POST Insert (Directory of International
Schools); THAILAND CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY; SUNNY HILL SCHOOL MEMOIRS;
DIRECTORY OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THAILAND (name in Thai), MUAK LEK
AREA GUIDE and other local papers (see Report on Publications).
• Faculty of Nursing sponsorship of running scripts at bottom of screen for TV
• University website
• Participation in Education Fairs: Faculty of Nursing involvement is in approximately
three education fairs annually.
• Hosting of visits to campus by Thai government officers.
12.2 Current Marketing Strategy and Recruitment Program and Plans for the Next Five Years,
including the Involvement of the Board, Administration, Faculty and Staff.
12.2.1 A Marketing Plan 2007 - 2012 has been developed by the Marketing & Advancement
Department. The plan will be used as a guide and thrust of marketing promotional programs
and recruitment exercise. (See Appendix 12-A).
12.2.2 A marketing and recruitment activities plan is in placed and is being implemented. (See
12.2.3 Target Markets for the University include:
• Bangkok - at international and Thai schools both Christian and non Christian and
participation in Education Fairs throughout the year.
• Indochina - developing contacts and support from church leaders (currently most
students are sponsored by the Union).
• Korea - follow-up visits from initial contacts made by senior administration team visit.
• Japan - follow-up visits from initial contacts made by senior administration team visit.
• China - establish bonds with church leaders through the help of Mr Roddy Wong and
• Malaysia - Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia with regular follow-up and
participation in state and national education fairs.
• Vietnam - visits and participation in Educational fairs. Establishing an Alumni chapter in
• USA - recruitment visits by American staff at camp meetings and at college campuses
and to continue recruitment activities in relation to annual alumni visits. Registered with
the Adventist Colleges Abroad program,
• Indonesia - to reach high income SDA and non SDA groups
• Singapore - regular visits to church High School
• Micronesia - opening of new markets
• Canada - initiate promotion in Ontario and British Columbia during faculty furloughs
• Develop more scholarships through fund raising activities
• Continue to participate in Education Fairs within Thailand, Sarawak and in KL.
Investigate the possibility of joining Education Road Shows run by Unions in the United
• Development of posters for use in schools and churches in English
• Continue to expand the Marketing & Advancement Department to meet the growing
needs of the University.
• Website building and updating
• New video to be produced by early 2009
12.3 Activities Designed to Cultivate a Positive Image in the Community, its Constituency,
and the Other Publics.
12.3.1 The following list describes some of the activities undertaken on the main campus at Muak Lek
in the past few years to build a positive corporate image for the University in the community:
• Visits to Aids Hospice in Lopburi every second Sabbath by Central campus students
and an annual visit by Faculty of Nursing students who deliver training and support for
• Branch Sabbath Schools conducted by students and staff in Muak Lek schools on
• Twice annual blood donations to Red Cross by students and staff held on central
• Community sports events held on central campus
• Secondary schools visit for English Language camps
• Involvement in summer English as Second Language camps at Mission Health Center
• Student and staff involvement in annual local “Clean-up” days at central campus
• Participation in annual local dairy fair by students and staff, Muak Lek
• Volunteer groups working in community projects in Thailand
• Monthly visits to Khorat prison by ML staff and students
12.3.2 The following list describes some of the activities undertaken by faculty and students on the city
campus in Bangkok to build a positive corporate image for the University in the community:
• Twice annual blood donations to Red Cross by Nursing students and staff on Bangkok
• Faculty of Nursing involvement in annual exhibition for Aids and drug abuse in local
community and annual street parade by students
• Faculty of Nursing health promotion at Health Centers around Bangkok and Muak Lek
area supporting the elderly and organizing group activities, aerobic exercises and
• Faculty of Nursing annual participation in Thai Women’s Conference of Thailand in
Bangkok where students check blood pressure and give health instructions.
12.4 Institutional Programs Relating to Alumni and Former Students, their Organisation,
Input, and Support for the Institution’s Plans.
12.4.1 Mission College Nursing Alumni Association (nursing campus at Bangkok) has been operating
for 50 years with a membership of 1600. Fifteen hundred of these are Thai and the remaining
100 are international members. The countries represented are Thailand, USA, Singapore,
Hong Kong, Indonesia and Philippines. The Alumni President is appointed for a 2-year term
and there are 12 members on the Alumni Committee.
• An annual meeting of alumni is held every July and Junior and Senior nursing students
are invited to attend. Money raised is used for equipment purchases.
• Each nursing class has an alumni representative who keeps in touch with members
and these representatives write letters and keep in touch with members to solicit
• A Nursing Alumni Newsletters is distributed yearly.
12.4.2 The Muak Lek campus has still to organize an Alumni Association for graduates of the 1990-
12.4.3 Work with alumni groups from the Southeast Asia Union College has begun, However it face a
great challenge to link up with the SAUC alumnus because they still do not feel or want to be
part of the University’s alumni.
12.5 Procedures Used to Follow-Up Graduates, Soliciting their Input on Institutional
Programs, and Assessing their Continuing Commitment to the Church’s Message and
12.5.1 The Marketing & Advancement Departments needs to take action to coordinate all data
gathering on graduates. This is for the sole purpose of information gathering is for the
University to improve itself in all spheres of administering an educational institution.
12.5.3 The University now surveys graduates five months after they have completed their study with a
University Experience Questionnaire and a Graduate Destination Survey. The instruments are
completed by students at the time of the Royal Presentation of Testamurs in August. A survey
is also conducted during the orientation day to find out how they come to know the University.
This is to give us an indication what marketing program has been effective in getting in new
students. (See Appendix 12-C).
12.6 Specific Areas Within this Criterion that need Strengthening and Ways in which the
Institution Plans to Make the Necessary Improvement.
As soon as practicable it would be helpful for the University to give consideration to the
following areas of need:
12.6.1 Developed a strategic recruitment program with enrolment growth being driven philosophically
rather than just for economic reasons is an important area of development. This plan will
enable the Marketing Department to develop individual recruitment/marketing plans and goals
for each targeted area (e.g, Thai programs, Christian schools in the SAUM and Intra-
division/Inter-division territories) and that as resources permit, recruiters be appointed with
specific areas of responsibility.
12.6.2 The Marketing and Advancement Department should investigate setting up a reliable research
and data collection program. This program would track and manage enquiries and applications.
It would provide timely reporting on a weekly or monthly basis. This would assist in achieving
the recruitment targets set.
12.6.4 The University currently offers a small number of scholarships to high achievers in Adventist
High Schools within the Southeast Asian Union Conference area. This program needs to be
promoted more extensively and extended to other schools to allow academically bright nursing
applicants from Thai schools to be targeted. It is planned that as monies are made available
through development and fund raising activities and possibly through a union/division wide
offering, more scholarships will be able to be offered to bright/needy students. Development of
more scholarships is needed to attract students, particularly those from outside of Thailand who
cannot access government loans. The University has also discussed introducing targeted
scholarships to assist enrolment in academic programs that are under threat because of low
12.6.5 The University is aware that a priority need is to develop a Corporate Image that will help to
remove the barriers and perceptions amongst the constituency and prospective students that
Thailand is not a place where one is able to find quality education. The success of graduates
from the programs now in place will help to address this problem. The problem is more acute
for countries and constituencies outside Thailand..
12.6.7 There is a perceived need for the development of a coordinated and strategic approach to
Alumni relations. At the present, the Bangkok campus has a functioning Alumni Association
and over the past 18 months the Muak Lek campus has commenced working on developing a
relationship with the SAUC Alumni group in the USA and has attempted to cultivate SAUC
Alumni interests in Malaysia with annual visits by senior administration.
12.6.9 The University website could be used more effectively as a recruitment tool. As the internet is
not restricted by regional boundaries and there is scope for the website to be a major
communication channel, to inform and encourage prospective students, and to assist in
providing information and interaction with staff and faculty in a time-efficient manner.
The website could be further developed to provide:
• Appropriate faculty and staff phone and email addresses hyperlinked for ease of
• Information on Thai courses
• More interactive communication