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2015 APAMEI Conference to be held in Incheon, Korea

Nicole Burdakin
January 13, 2015

The Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist-related Educational Institutions (APAMEI) will hold an international conference February 1–4, 2015, in Incheon, Korea. This organization, formed in 2012, promotes collaborative and cooperative institutional networking among United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools in the Asia-Pacific region.

The conference, themed “Mutual Healing in Cross-Cultural Contexts: Promoting Reconciling Global Leadership for 21st Century Education,” will take place on the global campus of Yonsei University and is hosted by the Global Institute of Theology (GIT), which now offers 100 full scholarships for academic training at the master’s and doctoral levels. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the General Board of Education for the Korean Methodist Church are also sponsors of the event.

Scholars and students are encouraged to attend, as the event is open to the public.

Speakers will include Dr. Kim Cape (General Secretary of GBHEM), Bishop Yong-jae Jeon (President of the Council of Bishops of KMC), Bishop Rodolfo Juan (Presiding Bishop of the UMC Philippines), Dr. JC Park (President of Korean Methodist University), Dr. Pamela Lightsey (Associate Dean, Boston University School of Theology), Dr. Suk Hwan Jueng (Dean of The United Global Institute of Theology and UGST, Yonsei University), Dr. Elizabeth Charles (President of Isabella Thoburn College, India) and many others.

“This relatively new association of schools has provided a fantastic forum for regional problem-solving, idea sharing and resource assessment,” said Dr. Kim Cape. “APAMEI has also been a model for other regions of the world where United Methodist schools have combined together in much the same way as APAMEI to foster collaboration.”    

APAMEI was founded in 2012 as a vehicle to bring together the many institutions founded since the 19th century by Methodist educators. There are currently United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools in China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam, among other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

GBHEM promotes global education and supports emerging networks of institutions working on global theological education and global higher education in several regional contexts, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and most recently the Philippines. All together, these networks represent more than 800 United Methodist institutions in nearly 80 countries.

For information, visit the GIT website. Some travel grants are available upon request.