Evangelical Theological Faculty

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Evangelical Theological Faculty
Evangelische Theologische Faculteit
Evangelische Theologische Faculteit.JPG
Motto Fides Quaerens Intellectum
Motto in English
Faith Seeking Understanding
Type Private
Established 1919
Rector Patrick Nullens (2006– )
Dean Andreas J. Beck (2004– )
Academic staff
51
Administrative staff
9
Students 189
Undergraduates 76
Postgraduates 72
39
Location Leuven, Belgium
Language Dutch and English
Website etf.edu
Data as of 2016

The Evangelical Theological Faculty (Dutch: Evangelische Theololgische Faculteit, Leuven, abbreviated as ETF) is a private university of Theology in Leuven, Flanders, Belgium. The ETF offers four degree programs: a Dutch-taught Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies program, an English-taught Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies program, a Dutch-taught Teacher's degree program, and an English PhD program. Moreover, the ETF also offers a Bachelor's and Master's part-time program named ETF Open University.

History[edit]

The academic institution originates in the Bible Institute Belgium. The institute was founded in 1919, as an originally-named 'Institut Biblique de la Mission Belge Evangélique' in Brussels. In 1922, the Dutch-speaking department was launched: 'Bijbelinstituut België'.

From 1965, the institution grew rapidly. This rapid growth was thanks to foreign students who came to study because of tri-lingual education, and hence in 1971 the program became recognised by the Belgian government. The institute moved to a former Jesuit monastery in Heverlee, Leuven in 1975.

In 1981, the 'Evangelische Theologische Faculteit' was founded as an academic program of the Bible Institute, which in 1983 was recognised by the Federal Government of Belgium to award licentiate- and doctoral degrees. A year later, the ETF awarded its first licentiate degree, and after two more years its first doctoral degree. In 1992, the French-speaking department IBB was terminated and relocated. In 1996, the licentiate degree was taught in English entirely.

After the implementation of the BAMA-structure by the Flemish government in 2003, the government reaffirmed ETF's right to award recognised degrees of Bachelor, Master and Doctor in Theology and Religious Studies. Thus the former educational programs were phased out and reshaped into a three-year Bachelor's program and a two-year Master's program. Eventually these two programs were accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) in 2007.[1][2]

In 2008, the Flemish Government awarded the ETF with a partial education subsidy, and by 2012 the Flemish government also approved funding of research. The university is also funded by tuition fees and donations.

Degree programs[edit]

The full-time bachelor's degree in Theology and Religious Studies is taught in Dutch and requires three years of study.[3] The course consists of three specialisations: Bible and Theology, Church and Pastoral Ministry, and Religion and Education. The degree is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).[4]

The full-time master's degree program in Theology and Religious Studies is taught in English and requires two years of studying. The course offers three specialisations: Bible and Theology, Church and Pastoral Ministries, and Religion and Education. If an prospective graduate student holds an professional bachelor's degree in theology or religious studies, the applicant will need to follow a linking program.[5] If the student holds an academic bachelor's degree in any other field, following a preparatory program is required.[6] The degree is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).[7]

The teacher training degree program is linked to the master's degree program. The program can either be taken during or after the master's degree program. After obtaining both the Master's and teacher's degree the graduate can work as a teacher of Protestant and Evangelical religious education.

The PhD program consists in its core of conducting scientific research leading to a dissertation, under guidance of a supervisor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Godgeleerdheid en de godsdienstwetenschappen | NVAO - EN". www.nvao.com. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  2. ^ "Godgeleerdheid en de godsdienstwetenschappen | NVAO - EN". www.nvao.com. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Degree Programs - ETF". ETF. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Godgeleerdheid en de godsdienstwetenschappen | NVAO - EN". www.nvao.com. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Linking program - ETF". ETF. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Preparatory program - ETF". ETF. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  7. ^ "Godgeleerdheid en de godsdienstwetenschappen | NVAO - EN". www.nvao.com. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 

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Coordinates: 50°52′5″N 4°39′50″E / 50.86806°N 4.66389°E / 50.86806; 4.66389