GOD IS THE ORIGIN OF ALL TRUTH
He is also the sustainer of the universe, is absolute, unchanging, and infinite. Yet, as the embodiment of life, He is intimately interested in each individual in a personal way and in the affairs of the entire human race.
MAN IS GOD’S UNIQUE CREATION
He was made originally in His image, and was good and perfect in His sight. As a result of sin, man has inherited a tendency to evil. Though influenced by the forces of his heredity and environment, he is capable, through the help of God and the exercise of his own free will, of restoration to his original God-like state of being.
Students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to pursue their chosen careers, avocations, and interests in order to meet the needs of society and the church. In the process of learning, students are encouraged to aim for excellence and to think independently and creatively. In addition, students learn to appreciate their cultural heritage through bilingualism and an understanding of East and West. Students attend all scheduled classes and may be absent only for excusable reasons. They are encouraged to spend about two hours of study including preparation timefor each class period. The general studies requirements, in particular, pursue a broad liberal arts approach in the curriculum.
Students learn to appreciate the dignity of physical labor and the advantages of acquiring manual skills. Each student has the opportunity to develop habits that promote health and physical fitness. Students participate in an on-campus service program as community service, and in physical education courses, which are part of the required curriculum. On campus, they partake in a healthful vegetarian diet provided by the college food service. Students do not use tobacco, alcohol, or other harmful drugs. Of the three weeks of spiritual emphasis that the College has each year, one is related to health.
Students are expected to understand Biblical beliefs as understood by Seventh-day Adventists. They learn to make life decisions based on Christian ethics and values. They associate with teachers who demonstrate caring relationships and commitment to service so that students may emulate these traits.
Truth embodies the knowledge of God. Therefore, the search for truth dominates our endeavor. We hold that truth is, consequently, consistent with God’s revelation and God’s standards at all times. Man’s capacity to understand truth, while limited and even perverted by the entrance of sin, still may, with God’s help, expand to pursue truth as it widens with every conquest of new frontiers. The faculty is a group of scholars seeking truth. The College is also a learning environment designed and organized to assist people, who, responding to the call of God for service, seek to prepare themselves for the task of the gospel commission. Consequently, the College is not necessarily confined by walls or fences, or even to a specific geographic location; it reaches out to the constituency, to people who value its expertise and its services.
KNOWLEDGE AND REALITY
Knowledge and reality are tangible conceptualizations of truth and may be acquired through logic, human experience, and divine revelation. To be meaningful, however, knowledge must be rediscovered by each learner through study, through the use of the senses, and through mental organization of the facts, concepts, and thought systems surrounding truth. True knowledge is the understanding of reality, which comes from the reordering of facts, skills, applications, and evaluations within the Divine perspective.
THE WORK OF EDUCATION
The work of education is comprehensive and far-reaching. In terms of redemption, it is synonymous with restoring in man the image of his Maker, the image lost when the human race fell into sin. Education is an environmental influence, emancipating men from ignorance, defeat, and fear and endowing him with the ability to know, to understand and apply; to analyze, and synthesize – in a word, to evaluate wisely and to function comfortably in the context of society’s demands. To be educated means to be able to master oneself, to be selfless, and to be humble, flexible, polite, morally pure, ethical, and sensitive, so that the person becomes disciplined, self-fulfilled, and balanced. The work of education is practical, preparing students for this earthly life where they may function effectively in their chosen occupational and living environments and for the greater joys of heavenly life.
The immediate task of the College is to foster an atmosphere for learning that follows the purposes and principles of Seventh-day Adventist education. The latter allows for spiritual, intellectual, and physical growth. Youth educated in this institution are expected to have a clear understanding of themselves as persons, to develop a mature understanding of life, to learn well the professional skills of at least one academic discipline, to acquire sufficient vocational and communication skills needed to earn a living, and to have a thorough understanding of the culture in which they live. This development of the whole person, mentally, physically, and spiritually, is implicit in “Sam Yuk” which is found in the Chinese name of the College.
Students attend weekly Chapel periods and the Week of Spiritual or Health Emphasis (aka Gospel Week) every term. As part of their curriculum, they enroll in regular classes in Biblical studies. Dormitory students are expected to attend daily worship services and all students are encouraged to attend spiritual activities such as Sabbath worship services, Wednesday prayer meetings, and Adventist Youth programs.
Accreditation Objectives: In terms of accreditation, the objective of the College is to provide a tertiary program that is accredited and recognized by both church and government organizations. This includes maintenance of the accreditation and recognition by the Adventist Accreditation Association (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), the Association of Theological Education in Southeast Asia (ATESEA), and other accreditation bodies. This College continues to seek articulation agreements with universities overseas in order to provide a wider spectrum of education services to our college students.