SPS Research Handbook

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The SPS Research Handbook 2020 replaces and supersedes AUA Standards for Written Work 2014 for use by students engaged in research at the School of Postgraduate Studies. 

4th AUA Research Conference (2)

Call for Papers         Travel and Accommodation           Program              Practical Information        Conference Registration           

The 4th AUA Research Conference, sponsored by the School of Postgraduate Studies, will be held from Thursday, 13 September to Saturday, 15 September 2018 at the Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

Research Poster 2018 Page 1

Click the following link to access the Call for Papers.


1. Abstract submission (approximately 250 words): 14 March 2018
2. Notification of acceptance: 11 April 2018
3. Submission of full paper: 27 June 2018

Regular: $100
Students: $50
Institutional sponsored employees (five or more): $75
The above fees will cover the following: a banquet, all conference materials, and proceedings.


Use the subject line “AUA Research Conference” and email your submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The submission should include the name of the author (s), affiliation/institution (s), and the paper title.

For more details, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Adventist University of Africa.

Please feel free to distribute this information.

More details will be uploaded soon. 


 Accommodation is available on the University Campus at an affordable rate. 

The following are the current rates per day: 

  •  30 USD/ 3000 KShs for Double (Sharing) Room
  •  35 USD/ 3500 KShs for Single, Private Room
  •  40 USD/ 4000 KShs for En-suite
  •  50 USD/ 5000 KShs for AUA Guest House for One Occupant
  •  70 USD/ 7000 KShs for AUA Guest House for Two Occupants
  •  85 USD/ 8500 KShs for AUA Guest House for Three Occupants
  • 100 USD/ 10000 KShs for AUA Guest House for Four Occupants

Cafeteria Meals Service (on a cash basis) at the following rates per meal: 

  •         Breakfast for 4.50 USD/ 450 KSh
  • Lunch for 6 USD/ 600 KSh
  • Supper for 6 USD/ 600 KSh

Other accommodation is available in neighbouring hotels at a cost. 

Travel to the Campus may be organized with our hospitality team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The program will be communicated closer to the Conference date. 



Health advice

Visitors to Kenya arriving from yellow fever-infested and cholera-infested areas must have valid vaccination certificates. Malaria is rare in Nairobi and the Highlands, but prevalent in the hot and humid low altitude areas around the coast, Lake Victoria and the savannah. Prescribed dosages of malaria prophylactics should be taken two weeks before travel, during your stay in Kenya and continued for two more weeks after your departure.


Lightweight clothing and dresses are suitable throughout the year except during the cooler months of June to August, when warmer clothing is advisable. 


Short-stay drivers require only their own valid driving licences, which have to be endorsed at the Road Transport Office in Nairobi, either at Income Tax House (Ngong Road) or Times Tower (Haile Selassie Avenue). An international driving licence is the most convenient. Your travel agent can organize a “carnet de passage” for you, which covers, amongst other things, international driving licence and insurance.

Driving is on the left, and drivers approaching from the right at roundabouts are given priority. Fuel is sold in litres, and distances are measured and marked in kilometres.

If you wish to drive your own car/motorcycle through Kenya, contact the Kenya Revenue Authority for information on the necessary papers you need to produce and the taxes that will be levied.


There are no restrictions on the foreign exchange you may bring into the country. However, if you wish to take out of the country amounts exceeding the equivalent of Ksh 500,000, you require written authorisation from the Central Bank of Kenya. Defacement of the Kenyan currency is an indictable offence. The unit of currency is the Kenya Shilling. Notes come in denominations of Kshs10, Kshs20, Kshs50, Kshs100, Kshs500, and Kshs1,000. It is recommended that you change your foreign currency only in banks, bureaux de change or authorized hotels.

Visitors should change any surplus Kenyan currency at a bank or bureau de change prior to their departure. Banks making this transaction may wish to see the original receipts issued when foreign currency was exchanged. Kenyan currency cannot be used for purchases at airport duty-free shops. Major international credit cards are acceptable in many establishments.

Business and Banking Hours

Most banks in the major urban centres have a bureau de change, while hotels are authorised to transact in foreign exchange. Banks are open between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm, Monday through Friday, and between 9.00 am and 11.00 am on the first and last Saturday of the month. Branches of banks at the Jomo Kenyatta and Moi International Airports run 24-hour services.

Offices in Kenya are generally open between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm, Monday through Friday.


The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 volts 50Hz. Sockets are usually three pins square. It is advisable to ensure that appliances such as videos or battery chargers operating on other voltage have a built-in adapter. It is recommended that you bring your own adapter.


Kenya Kenya Standard Time is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). Kenya is in East Africa Time Zone (EAT).




Most hotels, game lodges and tented camps include a service charge in their tariff, as do most restaurants, and in such cases tipping is not necessary unless exceptional service inspires a desire to express extra appreciation. Your Kenyan tour operator will be happy to make some suggestion concerning suitable amounts, which vary according to the quality of service rendered.





AUA Standard For Written Work

Here are Adventist University of Africa's standards for written work.


AUA Standard for Written Work

Theological Seminary Conference 2017: Call for Abstracts

The advert below is a call for abstracts, papers and participation for the International Conference in Adventist Theology and Mission in Africa. 

TS Conference 2017

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What Doest Thou Here Elijah?
The Mental Health Challenges of our Society and how to Transform the Local Church into an Oasis for Mental Health

Presented on 15th September 2018 
David R. Williams
Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health
Professor of African & African American Studies and of Sociology
Harvard University

Recent Research on Restorative Activities: The Bible and Stress

Presented on 14th September 2018 
David R. Williams
Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health
Professor of African & African American Studies and of Sociology
Harvard University

Healthy and Unhealthy Spirituality: What Science is Teaching Us

Presented on 13th September 2018 
David R. Williams
Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health
Professor of African & African American Studies and of Sociology
Harvard University

Keep your Academic Integrity

Presented on 12th July 2016
Susan Baker, PhD
Adventist University of Africa
Director of Research and Faculty Development 
Academic integrity is important to AUA especially because it's care values are Knowledge, Truth, and Service. The discussion highlights five principles for AUA Research students. Read more . . .

Anointing with Oil in African Christianity: An Evaluation of Contemporary Practises

Presented on 03rd May 2016
Sampson Nwaomah, PhD
Adventist University of Africa
Dean, Theological Seminary

One New Testament practice that seems to have appealed to many contemporary African Christians in their quest to appropriate the providences of God in their lives, endeavors, and in order to protect their possessions is the practice of anointing with oil. To anoint, as popularly understood,
means “to smear, pour oil or other unctuous substance upon” (Horn 1979:48). Historically, the practice of anointing either with oil or other substances was widespread, and it was used for various purposes—religious or secular (Richards 1985:54). Read More…

Urban Livestock Farming and Potential Public Health Implications in Kenya

Presented on 16th February 2015
Jackim Nyamari, PhD
Adventist University of Africa
Department of Public Health

Growing of plants and raising animals for food and other uses within urban and peri-urban areas has increased in the recent past due to inadequate, unreliable and irregular access to the food supply. Read more...

Spiritualism, the Occult, and the Church

Paper Presented March 30, 2014
Global Mission Issues Committee
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Washington, DC
Bruce L. Bauer, Professor of World Missions, Andrews University ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

From the very beginning, Seventh-day Adventists have had a strong emphasis on soul sleep and the Hebrew concept of people in death—no immortal soul. Read more...

The Bible, Ellen G. White and the Shepherd’s Rod Compared

Victor F. Figueroa, PhD
Nairobi, October 2014

The Shepherd’s Rod or Davidians is a movement which emerged in 1929 within the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA Church) under the leadership of Víctor Tasho Houteff (1885-1955). Houteff thought he was the continuation of the gift of prophecy in the SDA Church, which had ceased in 1915 with the death of Ellen G. White. Read more...