University of Divinity
|University of Divinity|
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
The University of Divinity, formerly the Melbourne College of Divinity, is an Australian university. It is an ecumenical university comprising ten theological colleges from eight denominations. The office of the vice-chancellor is located in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne in the state of Victoria.
The Melbourne College of Divinity was constituted in 1910 by an Act of the Parliament of Victoria. The act was amended in 1956, 1972, 1979, 1990 and 2005. From its beginnings the college was a self-accrediting issuer of degrees, while not being a university. It was formed by representatives appointed by several churches based in Victoria who sought to provide theological education at tertiary level. The first president was Henry Lowther Clarke, the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, and the first registrar was the Reverend John Mathew, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.
In 2010 the Melbourne College of Divinity applied to the Victorian Regulation and Qualifications Authority for approval to operate as an "Australian University of Specialisation". The Victorian government announced on 30 August 2011 that the application had been approved and on 1 January 2012 the college began operating as a university. Professor Peter Sherlock began as its inaugural vice-chancellor in April 2012.
Accreditations and affiliations
In 2001 the institution was listed as a Schedule 1 Higher Education Institution by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. It is now eligible to receive federal funding for research, Australian Postgraduate Research Awards and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships.
The Higher Education Support Act (2003) (HESA 2003) listed the institution as a Table B (Private, Self-regulating) Higher Education Provider, which allowed its students to access federally funded loans under the FEE-HELP scheme.
The University of Divinity is the only Australian University of Specialisation listed on the National Register of Higher Education Providers maintained by TEQSA.
- Pacifica, an academic journal
- Australian Lutheran College, Adelaide, South Australia
- Catherine Booth College, Parkville, Victoria. Training college of the Salvation Army in Australia (Southern Territory)
- Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne, Victoria. A federation of autonomous seminaries:
- Morling College, Macquarie Park, New South Wales. The Baptist theological college of New South Wales.
- St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College, Donvale, Victoria
- Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation, Kew, Victoria
- Stirling Theological College, Mulgrave, Victoria. The Churches of Christ national theological college.
- United Faculty of Theology, Parkville. Victoria. A co-operative venture of three theological colleges:
- Whitley College, Parkville, Victoria. The Baptist theological college of Victoria.
- Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill, Victoria. Comprises the following religious institutes:
- Churches of Christ
- Coptic Orthodox
- Roman Catholic
- Salvation Army
- Uniting Church in Australia
- http://www.divinity.edu.au/university-of-divinity/our-history/. Missing or empty
- Ross, John (13 January 2012). "MCD achieves specialist uni status". The Australian.
- Official website
- Australian Lutheran College
- Catherine Booth College
- Catholic Theological College
- Morling College
- Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation
- St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College
- Stirling Theological College
- United Faculty of Theology
- Whitley College: the Baptist College of Victoria
- Yarra Theological Union
- Melbourne College of Divinity Act, 1910