Higher Education Empowering Development  
Vyhmeister, Shawna

Schools of Public Health and their Role in Development  

The Gospel as Holistic Mission: The Challenges of Contextualizing Relief and Development 
Wagner, Kuhn

External Productivity of the Off- Campus Master of
Business Administration Program of the Philippines
Christian University Dasmarinas Campus

Garcia, Revelino D.

The Role of Academia in the Economic
Development of Nations  

Vyhmeister, Ronald

Student Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Student
Service in an Adventist College in the Philippines

Apellado, Joefel G.

The Leader's Tool Kit
Charney, CY.
Reviewed by Evelyn Almocera

School Leadership that Works: From Research to Results
MMarzano, Robert. J., Waters, t. , & McNulty, B.A.
Reviewed by Dave D.Higgins

Acquired or Inspired? Exploring the Origins of the
Adventist Lifestyle
McMahon, Don S.
Reviewed by Timothy Scott


Higher Education Empowering Development

 For years, academia has been accused of being an “ivory tower” that does not actually make a difference in real life, but deals in meaningless platitudes and theoretical ideals that do not actually work or make a difference in real life.  The need for academic institutions to do useful activities has become increasingly clear in recent years, particularly as financial realities push them to compete for students, for funding, and even for retention of professors and relationships with businesses and organizations.  In recent years, Boyer (1990) has reminded us of what has been seen as the three-part role of academia that includes teaching, research, and providing service to the larger community.

Of this trio of functions, the recent AIIAS School of Graduate Studies Forum, held November 16-18, 2006, and sponsored specifically by the Department of Public Health, chose to focus on the supporting role that academia should have in assisting development and developing countries. Presentations were made by local and international leaders from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), as well as presenters who looked at development from a business perspective, from a spiritual perspective, and from very practical perspectives, as well. Some of the Forum presentations are published in this issue of the InFo Journal, along with a student research article, and related book reviews.

Ron Mataya’s keynote address sets the tone for thinking of the development potential that we have within institutions of higher learning.  He challenges Public Health programs to raise their sights to larger goals that they could achieve, including mentoring of other organizations both locally and internationally.

Wagner Kuhn’s article takes us deeply into the theology of development as he explores why Christians should be involved in development work and explains why it is essential to the communication of the gospel message.  Kuhn challenges us as international workers to make our product comprehensible to the local people where we work—whether that product consists of health services, development programs, or a theological understanding of the Bible.

 Two small studies from the Business perspective round out the Forum presentations selected for inclusion.  One is an analysis by Revelino Garcia of a relatively new MBA program in the Philippines, to discover whether students who graduate from this degree gain more from it financially than what they invested in their program of study.  Does graduate education increase their personal profitability?  The second is a more theoretical piece by Ron Vyhmeister that examines the concept of economic development—how it is defined, how it is measured, and how Business programs can contribute to the economic development of the country in which they are located.

  The student study selected for this issue is not directly related to development, but explores how students at one institution of higher education in the Philippines perceive the support services they receive in that institution.  Book reviews relate to themes of health and education, and how we can improve and understand both.

    As we consider the ways that higher education can support and even empower development in the world around us, I would like to challenge each of us to consider what we are doing for the needy around ourselves.  In the end, development isn’t about institutions and nations, it is about people helping people.  And unless each one of us is willing to do our part, there will never be enough resources to help, even though the research may indicate what needs to be done.  Higher education can provide knowledge, but unless it also provides commitment to service, it has only completed part of its task.

Shawna Vyhmeister, PhD
Editor, Info Journal
Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite , Philippines