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Purpose Statement
 
Christian Higher Education in Asia
The International Teachers College at the Universitas Pelita Harapan (ITC @ UPH) is a Christ-centered higher education program, emphasizing the liberal arts, and exists to provide post-secondary (tertiary) educational services to Christian students in Asia.
 
Christian Liberal Arts Education from the Reformed Perspective
ITC @ UPH is committed to the Bible as the Word of God, and accepts as its most adequate and comprehensive interpretation the summary contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
 
The focus of our educational perspective is based on Colossians 1:18 - "In All Things...Christ Preeminent." Acknowledging Christ preeminent as the creator of all things, as the redeemer of people fallen into sin, as the touchstone of all truth, and as the sovereign ruler over all areas of life, ITC @ UPH strives to discern and to unfold the implications of His preeminence in all things. In attempting to make such a biblically-grounded frame of reference explicit and operative, we are committed to excellence in academic inquiry, and define all structures and programs according to this understanding of our purpose.
 
We acknowledge that all humans are created in the image of God and are spiritual, moral, and social beings who think, act, value, and exercise dominion. Because we are called to reflect in finite ways what God is infinitely, we institute programs designed to offer all students the opportunity to discover and give expression to their potential in each facet of their redeemed humanness.
 
What we believe
We believe the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
 
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
 
We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
 
We believe that salvation is by God alone, based on His grace, not on any human individual merit.
 
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
 
We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His covenant promises.
 
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
 
We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
 
We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
 
Life Together in Christian Community
With these commitments in mind, we seek to work together as a college community, responsibly striving, corporately and personally, to accomplish the following general aims in every area of life:
  • to see creation as the handiwork of God and to study it with wonder and respect;
  • to acknowledge the fallen nature of ourselves and of the rest of creation and to respond, in view of the renewal that begins with Christ's redemption, by seeking to bring every thought and act into obedience to Him;
  • to reclaim the creation for God and to redirect it to the service of God and humankind, receiving the many valuable insights into the structure of reality provided by the good hand of God through thinkers in every age, and seeking to interpret and re-form such insights according to the Scriptures;
  • to see learning as a continuous process and vocation;
  • to endeavor to think scripturally about culture so as to glorify God and promote true human advancement.
 
Students
Students are expected to become active participants in fulfilling the general aims just outlined. It is our purpose to help students make significant progress toward maturity in the following areas:
 
Identity in Christ
An ITC @ UPH student should be a person who is united with Christ and committed to Him. This union and commitment should lead to an understanding both of one's sin and of one's significance as a person redeemed by Christ, resulting in a growing awareness of purpose and calling. This awareness facilitates the development of goals, priorities, and practices that foster spiritual effectiveness and well-being, including the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual aspects of the individual students.
 
Biblical frame of reference
Students should be acquiring the ability to orient their lives by a perspective based on scriptural revelation. For realization of this goal the following are important:
  • Scriptural knowledge
    Students should be acquiring a working knowledge of the Scriptures, rejoicing in their promises and allowing them to direct their thoughts and actions in every area of life.
  • Academic inquiry
    Students should be acquiring a broad appreciation of the various aspects of creation, becoming familiar with valid methods of inquiry into each area of study. Each student should be acquiring some depth in one or two academic disciplines.
  • Analytical skills
    Students should be acquiring the capacity for incisive, critical and logical thinking.
  • Communication skills
    Students should be acquiring the ability to communicate ideas clearly in both speaking and writing.
 
Service that is Christ-like
Students should be assuming responsibilities within a local congregation as well as in the community of all believers. This implies demonstrating a positive influence on others while at the same time accepting their loving concern.
 
Students should be assuming responsibilities in society as servants of God. This involves a total life-calling to fulfill one's covenantal responsibilities as succinctly summarized in Genesis 1:28 (Cultural Mandate) and Matthew 28:18-20 (Great Commission), including not only the student's specific vocation, but all other activities as well.