3 oktober 2019
The Theological University of Apeldoorn (TUA) now enters a new era of close cooperation with the Greenwich School of Theology (GST) in the UK. The aim of the agreement that was signed this week is to enable PhD students to obtaining their degree. GST is an independent, private institute that has been presenting theology degree programmes since 1958. In addition, GST offers a distance learning opportunity to obtain a doctorate. Up to now GST had cooperated with the North-West University of South-Africa.
From the 1st October 2019, the PhD programmes will continue through cooperation between GST and TUA. This agreement implies that the PhD-programmes, designed and developed over the past decades by GST, will still be presented to the international network, for the benefit of the church and theology worldwide.
Both TUA and GST are excited and grateful about the new era. Prof. dr. Herman Selderhuis, rector of TUA: ‘This agreement with GST fits right into the strategic plans we recently designed, and gives Apeldoorn an extra possibility to contribute to reformed academic theology´. Prof. Dries du Plooy, chairperson of GST: ‘This agreement greatly benefits both institutions in that it contributes to the availability of theology to more people’.
A six-year theology course is presented at the Theological University of Apeldoorn. The study programme focuses on scientific quality, linked to the profound and professional equipment of students. The university, of the Christian Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, is committed to the (scientific) practice of reformed theology. In addition to the training of pastors and theologians, TUA also makes a contribution to reflect on the socio-cultural issues prevalent in modern society, issues inside and outside the church, and on the advancement of theological science in general. In addition to the bachelor's and master's programmes, TUA also presents PhD- programmes in the field of theology.
Greenwich School of Theology (GST) was founded in 1958 as an independent, non-denominational institution. Originally offering innovative distance-learning degree programmes in the USA as the Geneva Theological College, the work of the school was later introduced in the UK through the initiative and perseverance of the late Sir Rupert Judge and the late professor Byron Evans. GST has continued to maintain an independent board of directors, tutors, examiners and external examiners and to offer students from all backgrounds access to excellent academic study of theological and religious subjects.