Sahmyook University officially launched the International Society for Academic Advancement (ISAA) to revitalize academic exchanges and cooperative networks among 120 Adventist universities worldwide.
Planning for ISSA began in October 2021 when Sahmyook University held the “ICSU (International Virtual Conference of Sahmyook University) 2021,” commemorating the university’s 115th anniversary. Based on the participation of more than 120 Adventist universities worldwide, the conference, composed of five divisions and 12 sessions, successfully concluded with 1,032 professors, researchers, and students from 54 countries.
Sahmyook University promoted the establishment of an international society to build an active global network. The academic organization and articles of the association were prepared, and the website was established. Sister universities worldwide sent their support and intentions to participate, leading to the official establishment of the society.
President Kim IlMok was elected as the first ISAA president, and Ko WonBae, dean of Sahmyook University College of Science and Technology, and Kim SeongWoon, dean of the Sahmyook University College of Culture and Arts, were elected as auditors. ISAA will be officially registered as an international conference with the National Research Foundation of Korea.
ISAA will hold academic sessions in six areas: 1) Religion and Theology, 2) Humanities and Social Sciences, 3) Health and Medical Care, 4) Science and Technology, 5) Culture and Arts, 6) Faith and Studies. The university plans to expand and share its mission and experience as a higher education institution through this endeavor.