1 Study Guide Academic Year Version 1.0 Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven v.z.w. St.-Jansbergsesteenweg B 3001 Leuven Tel Fax
2 2 This Study Guide is available in various forms. A printed copy may be requested from the Academic Secretariat. An electronic copy may also be consulted on the website of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven (www.etf.edu) or on the ETF Virtual Campus. The Study Guide consists of three major sections: General information (important to all ETF students); Program information (specific to each program); Course information (description of each course offered). Great efforts have been made to assure the accuracy of information contained in this catalogue. The Evangelische Theologische Faculteit may nevertheless not be held responsible for inadvertent errors herein. Its definitive version is in Dutch, which must be considered as authoritative. No legal rights may be derived from this catalogue. All modifications, corrections and rights are reserved.
3 3 Content Content 3 Detailed Content 4 Preface 7 1. Identity and Organization of the ETF Identity of the ETF Organization of the ETF Education and Examination Regulations Education Regulations Examination Regulations Program Information General Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies Additional Package, preparatory and linking program Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies Teacher Training Doctor in Theology and Religious Studies Information by Course Bachelor Bachelor Bachelor Master Teacher Training Other Rules and Appendices Academic Calendar Educational Concept Mentorship and Study Guidance Social development Financial Aspects Regulations concerning changes/termination of studies Course Index 308
4 4 Detailed Content Content 3 Detailed Content 4 Preface 7 1. Identity and Organization of the ETF Identity of the ETF Brief History of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven Vision statement Mission and objectives Statement of Faith Organization of the ETF Management structures Committees Teaching personnel Administration and Support Services Library Residence Cooperation between ETF and other institutions Other activities Education and Examination Regulations Education Regulations Examination Regulations Section 1. General provisions Section 2. Organization of the examinations Section 3. Examination Committee Section 4. Examination Procedures Section 5. Deliberation Section 6. Communication and consequences of examination results Section 7. Ombuds officer Section 8. Regulation of disputes Section 9. Final provisions Program Information General Overview of educational offerings Organisation of the academic year Organisation of information sessions and open days Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies Program description General description Objectives and goals Continuation of studies Enrolment and study costs 55
5 Regular enrolment Study costs Conditions of admission Study program presented according to year of study and courses Altered course of study (exemptions) Exemptions ETF Open University Bachelor Additional Package, preparatory and linking program Program descriptions General description Objectives and goals Enrolment and study costs Regular enrolment Study costs Conditions of admission Study program and courses Additional package (maximum 15 stp) Preparatory program (maximum 90 stp) Linking Program (minimum 45 stp - maximum 90 stp) Altered course of study Exemptions ETF Open University linking program, preparatory program and additional package Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies Program description General description Objectives and goals Continuation of studies Enrolment and study costs General description Study Costs Conditions of admission Study program presented according to year of study and courses Altered course of study Exemptions ETF Open University Master Teacher Training Program description General description Objectives and goals Enrolment and study costs Regular enrolment Study costs Conditions of admission Study program, course components and integration into master s program Course Components Route for integration into the master s program Altered course of study (exemptions) Doctor in Theology and Religious Studies Program description General description Objectives and goals Enrolment and study costs Study costs Conditions of admission Diploma s and recognition 74
6 6 4. Information by Course Bachelor Bachelor Gemeenschappelijke deel Bijbel en Theologie Kerk en Pastoraat Godsdienst en Onderwijs Bachelor Gemeenschappelijke deel Bijbel en Theologie Kerk en Pastoraat Godsdienst en Onderwijs Master Common Courses Bible and Theology Church and Pastoral Ministries Religious Studies and Education Teacher Training Other Rules and Appendices Academic Calendar Educational Concept Mentorship and Study Guidance Place and Definitions Mentorship arrangement Support of Student Small Groups Handling Study Skill Challenges Social development Financial Aspects Residence fees Actual costs per student Financial regulations concerning tuition fees Regulations concerning changes/termination of studies Course Index 308
7 7 Preface Dear student, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to ETF this year and to offer you a personal word. As an official document, this study guide gives information about educational programs. However, it is little more than an outline, much like the anatomy of the human body: detailed yet superficial. Education at ETF is really about people, places, a specific atmosphere and unforgettable moments of inspiration. Together, we as staff and students want to deepen our faith and consider its relevance for church and contemporary society. The Latin expression fides quaerens intellectum (faith seeking understanding) characterizes our daily pursuit as teachers and students. ETF starts from a basis of faith faith in Jesus Christ as Lord as affirmed in the Bible. Believing is not just theory, but life with God and serving our neighbour. The faith given to us is so rich that it constantly challenges us intellectually. Through study we try to understand our faith better so that we can better serve our neighbours. As preface to this study guide I want to explain the three components of our name: Evangelical Theological Faculty. Evangelical is not an exclusive term, but an inclusive one. It refers to everyone who confesses Jesus Christ as personal Saviour. ETF offers thus pre-eminently an interdenominational education. You meet and get to know students and staff from different denominations and cultures. This means that you regularly hear different and even contradictory ideas, but this will stimulate you and your critical thinking ability. You will also discover an obvious unity in fundamental faith issues: a commitment to the gospel, an intense love for the church and a heart for the world. The Reformation reminded us again of the centrality of the gospel, but the gospel is not an invention of the Reformation. The gospel clearly has its source in the New Testament and was present in the consensus of the early church as well as in the theology of the Middle Ages. We also rejoice that today in many churches the Holy Spirit still works powerfully bringing people to Christ. The Evangelical movement does not let itself be put into one box. Theological means that we focus on the knowledge of God and his revelation in the Scriptures. We treat the Bible not just as a book, but as the revelation of God, spoken through many people in different circumstances and times. Thorough exegesis, knowledge of the original languages and insight in historical theology are necessary for proper understanding of the Scriptures. Every time and every culture has its own challenges. In the light of current challenges, knowledge of Bible and Theology, however thorough it may be, is still not enough. We are interested how people respond to God s Word and in thorough dialogue with other religions. Disciplines like philosophy, religious studies and ethics help us better to express the relevancy of our faith and challenge us to constantly examine ourselves critically.
8 8 The word faculty refers to academic or scholarly education. Our education is based on research and is being corrected by constant quality control. ETF offers an accredited academic program at three levels: bachelor, master and doctor. It is not about theology as a pure theoretical science in a neutral vacuum. We try to educate you for professional practice. This aim is especially clear in the three specializations from which one chooses to complete his or her study: Bible and Theology, Church and Pastoral Ministries and Religious Studies and Education. Whoever studies a while at ETF will discover that it is not an ordinary faculty. In addition to the strong multicultural aspect, there is also a striving to connect spirituality and academia. We do not only want to teach, we also want to offer a framework that stimulates the Christian walk of our students. This combination is unusual in our secularized society. The field of theology has suffered under modernism and lost the connection between believing and thinking. For the integration of science and faith, the ETF can refer to a long tradition within Christianity and historically to the emergence of universities in Europe. To illustrate the unity between theological study and personal growth, I introduce to you the ETF song. My prayer is that in the course of your studies this will become a song of your heart. On behalf of the entire staff of ETF, Prof. Dr. Patrick Nullens Rector O God, Who Gives to Humankind O God, who gives to humankind a searching heart and questing mind: grant us to find your truth and laws, and wisdom to perceive their cause. In all our learning give us grace To bow ourselves before your face; as knowledge grows, Lord, keep us free from self-destructive vanity. Sometimes we think we understand all workings of your mighty hand; then through your Son help us to know those truth which you alone can show. Teach us to joy in things revealed, to search with care all yet concealed, as through Christ s light your truth we find and worship you with heart and mind. O God, Who Gives to Humankind by Edward Joseph Burns (c. 1969)
9 9 1. Identity and Organization of the ETF In this part of the study guide you will find information about the identity and the organization of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven. 1.1 Identity of the ETF The Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven draws its identity from its history, mission, objectives and statement of faith Brief History of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven The Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (ETF) in Leuven (Heverlee) is a unique institution for higher education. It is located in the oldest university city of the Benelux, in a country where Protestants form a small minority. At the same time, as one of the few evangelical institutions for university-level education in Europe, ETF has influence extending far beyond the borders of a single country. The foundation for ETF was laid in 1919 with the establishment of the Bijbel Instituut België (BIB). Throughout the years, different levels of education have been offered. In the early 1980 s the Belgian government officially recognized university-level training at the school, which now forms the basis for our current programs. Since 1975 we are located at a former Jesuit monastery in a suburb of Leuven called Heverlee. From this impressive location the ETF wants to take part in current theological discussions in an academically responsible manner that is faithful to the Bible. Our programs specifically deal with the challenges of ecclesial life and contemporary society. We also gives special attention to the personal and spiritual development of our students. While many students come from the Netherlands and Flanders, the program has increasingly attracted students from other European countries. The bachelor s program is a three-year program offered mainly in Dutch, aimed at students from Flanders and the Netherlands. The two-year master s program and the Doctoral program are offered in English and have an international appeal. Students and professors partaking in these programs come from all over the world and belong to many different Christian denominations. Counting both full- and part-time students, the current ETF student body numbers around 200. The ETF aims to deepen and strengthen the international Evangelical movement through theological education and research by means of a theological praxis that is at the same time Bible centered, academic, interdenominational, international, and relevant to current Christianity. A good example that puts these aims into practice is the annual doctoral week, during which promovendi and professors present lectures, dissertations are defended, and exams are taken. Scholars from Europe and other continents together discuss the most recent developments within their disciplines.
10 10 Identity and Organization of the ETF Vision statement Our vision statement is: We equip leaders to be biblically grounded, well educated, and culturally enriched, bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to our world. Biblically grounded: The Bible is the centre of all our teaching. We are convinced that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God. In line with the tradition of the Reformation, all our students study the biblical languages. This prepares them to become better teachers of the Word. Well educated: We offer accredited European academic degrees based on research (bachelor, master, doctor). We are convinced that academic training combined with spiritual development fosters highly developed leadership skills. Culturally enriched: ETF is a European school with more than 30 nationalities in its programs. Our students learn how to appreciate other cultures, both in and outside the classroom. We prepare teachers, pastors and leaders for a multicultural society. Our students and professors represent different church backgrounds. One has the opportunity to cooperate with Christians coming from various traditions. The Gospel of Jesus Christ: Our central motive lies in the person of Jesus Christ. Theology without the gospel loses its centre. Commitment to the gospel means commitment to the Church and its mission in the world. We desire deeply that more people may know Him as their Savior and Lord Mission and objectives Mission The ETF, authorized by the Flemish Community to confer bachelor, master, teacher and doctoral degrees in the area of Theology and Religious Studies (Codex Higher Education 20 XII 2013), has from its Protestant Evangelical identity as formulated in its Statement of Faith, the mission to deepen and strengthen the international Evangelical community at an academic level. It offers university-level education for people who want to be theologically qualified to serve in church and society, including Teachers of Protestant Religion and preachers/ pastors, particularly for member churches of the Federal Synod of Protestant and Evangelical Churches in Belgium. It does scholarly research and contributes to theological reflection in the Evangelical movement through publications and advanced formation. In all its activities it intends to honour God and serve the neighbour. For this it provides an adequate material and organizational infrastructure. Objectives of educational programs The general objective of the different educational programs is, in addition to transmission of knowledge and training for different skills, the creation of a framework to promote Christian conduct. The specific objectives of different programs are described in the education regulations (art. 12bis and 13bis).
11 Identity and Organization of the ETF 11 Objectives of support services The objective of the logistic services is the creation of a good infrastructure for educational and research missions of the ETF. The logistic services ensure accurate administration, a good infrastructure, a pleasant working atmosphere and a good presentation for student, teacher and visitor. In all their activities they express the Christian identity of the ETF. The student pastorate assists students who have personal and relational problems which hinder their study and may affect future professional conduct. The student pastorate operates within the framework of the educational program. The library supports education and research at different levels. For each discipline important standard works, magazines and other information are available. For more extensive research the ETF collection can be no more than a starting point. A cooperative arrangement with the Maurits Sabbe (theological) library of the Catholic University Leuven (KU Leuven) makes it possible for staff members and students of the ETF to use this library after a simple registration. The ETF library intends to build up a distinctive collection in Evangelical theology which will complement that of the Maurits Sabbe library. Objective of research programs The objective of research is to contribute to the development of theological scholarship. All research has as its framework the Statement of Faith of the ETF. Apart from these limitations, there is complete academic freedom for conducting research. The research takes place through constant interaction with education and services. Research supplies the necessary knowledge and expertise, but is stimulated by the other two components. Memberships of editorial committees and scholarly associations, as well as regular participation in academic symposia and conferences form a necessary stimulation for the research. Research should result in publications, academic as well as more popular. The research should be related to developments relevant for the Evangelical movement in Flanders, the Netherlands and Europe. Researchers need to give attention both to new areas of study, as well as to maintaining expertise in areas that have been studied for centuries. This is best carried out in dialogue with new generations within the limits of Evangelical theology and scholarship in general. Objective of related services ETF personnel make their academic knowledge and expertise available to church and society in various ways. This may occur at the request of the government, for example, to offer insight into the motivations and function of religious, especially Protestant Evangelical, groups. It also takes place at the request of Protestant Evangelical churches or Christian organizations, for example, to advise, coach, or offer courses which support the Evangelical movement in all its different facets.
12 12 Identity and Organization of the ETF Statement of Faith All teaching, research, and conduct at ETF is based on faith in God as He has revealed himself in creation, in Christ, in his relationship to his creatures and in the Bible. For us this faith implies: (1) Faith in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In agreement with the historical faith of the Christian Church as testified in the ecumenical creeds, we confess in the words of the Apostles Creed: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. (2) Faith as is confessed by Evangelical Christians of the Federal Synod of Protestant and Evangelical Churches in Belgium in accord with the statement of Faith of the World Evangelical Alliance: We believe in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct; one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; [The almighty Father, sovereign, invisible Creator of everything and everyone; eternal Father of Jesus Christ, and Father of those who receive His Son;]1 our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory; the Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ; the Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ; the Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. 1 This point was added at the suggestion of the Faculty Council of the ETF, in accord with the ecumenical confessions of faith and consensus within the Evangelical movement.
13 Identity and Organization of the ETF 13 (3) Acknowledgement of the responsibility of the whole Church to bring the whole world the whole Gospel, as confessed in the Lausanne Covenant (1974). (4) Faith that the Bible is fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, implying the truth, unity, reliability and infallibility of the Scripture. This implies that the Scripture contains no deception or deviation, either in the accounts of God s supernatural intervention in the world and in information about creation and history, or in prescriptions for human conduct. Being the divine word of revelation in the form of linguistically and historically conditioned human word, the Bible addresses both faith and understanding of the researcher. In agreement with the faith of the Early Church, The Reformers and the founders of the Evangelical Movement, we confess with the words of the Netherlands Confession of Faith (1561 [Art. 3a, 4a, 5a, 7a]): Confessio Belgica: Art. 3a: We confess that this Word of God was not sent nor delivered by the will of man, but that holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit as Peter says in 2 Pe 1:21. [ ] Art. 4a: We include in the Holy Scripture the two volumes of the Old and the New Testaments. They are canonical books, with which there can be no quarrel at all. [ ] Art. 5a: We receive all these books and these only, as holy and canonical, for the regulating, founding and establishing of our faith. And we believe without a doubt all things contained in them. [ ] Art. 7a: We believe that this Holy Scripture contains the will of God completely and that everything one must believe to be saved is sufficiently taught in it. For since the entire manner of service which God requires of us is described in it at great length, to teach other than what the Holy Scriptures have already taught us. It is forbidden to add to or subtract from the Word of God (Deut 12:32). [ ]
14 14 Identity and Organization of the ETF 1.2 Organization of the ETF The following subjects will be discussed: management structures, committees, teaching personnel, administration, library, campus, cooperative relations and other activities Management structures The Evangelical Theological Faculty is a non-profit association (Dutch: vereniging zonder winstoogmerk) organized according to applicable laws governing such organizations (v.z.w.). General Assembly Bill Armerding, Gottlieb Blokland, Koen Celis, Filip De Cavel (chairman), Diederick Eikelboom (vice-chairman), Henk Jochemsen, Henk Koppelaar, Michael Künnemann, Hans Maat, Phil Roberts, Jef Saenen, Chris SebrechtsHenk van Acker, Kees van Velzen, one student representative. Participating without right to vote: Andreas Beck, Patrick Nullens, Gerson Veldhuizen. Board of Trustees Gottlieb Blokland, Koen Celis, Filip De Cavel (chairman), Diederick Eikelboom (vicechairman), Henk Jochemsen Jef Saenen, Henk Van Acker, one student representative. Participating without right to vote: Andreas Beck, Patrick Nullens, Gerson Veldhuizen Executive administration Rector: Patrick Nullens Academic Dean: Andreas Beck Administrative Director: Gerson Veldhuizen Government commissioner In the context of awarding research funds, the Flemish Government also appointed a government commissioner to oversee the spending of government funds and compliance with the regulations of the government procurement, Jozef De Cuyper. The government commissioner attends the meetings of the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly. Jozef De Cuyper Committees Faculty Council The Faculty Council approves proposals of the Education Committee and the Research Committee. It also approves appointments of directors and academic personnel. The faculty council has to be consulted for modifications of the statutes, the internal regulations and the education and examination regulations. Members: Jack Barentsen, Andreas Beck, Pieter Boersema, Jelle Creemers, Philip Fisk, Bruce Hansen, Kobus Kok, Matthias Mangold, Creighton Marlowe, Ronald Michener, Patrick Nullens (chairman), Christof Sauer, Evert van de Poll, Jermo van Nes, Léon van Ommen,
15 Identity and Organization of the ETF 15 Bernard Vantieghem, Gerson Veldhuizen, Maria Verhoeff, Martin Webber, Elsie Wilms, Markus Zehnder, three student representatives. Research Committee The Research Committee stimulates and coordinates research in the faculty and evaluates research activities of the academic personnel. Members: Jack Barentsen, Andreas Beck (chairman), Pieter Boersema, Kobus Kok, Ronald Michener, Maria Verhoeff, Martin Webber, Markus Zehnder. Education Committee The Education Committee develops the curricula of the education programs, accepts students, establishes the programs for individual students, including the granting of exemptions and of approvals to follow a course or semester to a different institution (for more information see art. 16, 18 and 19 of the Education Regulations), and evaluates the educational activities of the academic personnel. The Education Committee can delegate the acceptance of students and the establishment of programs for individual students per cycle to a subcommittee. Such subcommittees consist of at least three members of the Education Committee directly involved in the concerned cycle and a maximum of three other members appointed by the Executive. They strive for balanced representation from all perspectives. Members: Jack Barentsen, Andreas Beck (chairman), Pieter Boersema, Jelle Creemers, Kobus Kok, Ronald Michener, Martin Webber, Markus Zehnder. Members Doctoral Subcommittee: Jack Barentsen, Andreas Beck, Pieter Boersema, Kobus Kok, Ronald Michener, Patrick Nullens, Maria Verhoeff, Martin Webber (chairman), Markus Zehnder, one PhD student council representative. Members Bachelor and Master Subcommittee (Administrative Committee): Andreas Beck (chairman), N.N., Jelle Creemers, Léon van Ommen, Maria Verhoeff, staff Academic Secretariat. Examination Committee It is the task of the Examination Committee to judge whether students satisfy the requirements to start the following study year or to be granted a diploma. The Examination Committee follows the requirements given by the Education Committee. The Examination Committee cannot revise any student s program already confirmed by the Education Committee. The Examination Committee may be more lenient than a strict application of the regulations would require. It is autonomous in this. The Examination Committee assesses independently the final examination results of every student whom it evaluates. Chairman: Pieter Boersema Secretary: Johan Jacobse Members: All teachers involved in specific educational programs for the current academic year. Ombuds:
16 16 Identity and Organization of the ETF Student Council The Student Council advises the Executive upon request and at its own initiative. It has to be consulted for modifications of the education and examination regulations. Regular meetings between representatives of the Student Council and the Education Committee are held, at which the full Executive participates upon request. The Student Council also has the right to be heard by the Board of Trustees. The students competence of decision is limited primarily to the participation of students in the Board of Trustees according to the co-management model chosen by the ETF. The Student Council chooses its representative(s) annually, which equals at least 10% of the total number of members of the Board of Trustees. The Student Council is further represented in the Faculty Council (10% of the total members of the Faculty Council) and in the doctoral subcommittee (one representative, chosen by the doctoral students). The Student Council contains at least eight and maximum twelve members and should reflect the composition of the student population. Chairman and members are chosen annually by the students Teaching personnel Department Old Testament Independent academic personnel (ZAP) Prof. Dr. Markus Zehnder (Chairman) Prof. Dr. Herbert H. Klement Prof. Dr. Hendrik Koorevaar Prof. Dr. Geert W. Lorein Dr. Creighton Marlowe Prof. Dr. Mart-Jan Paul Assisting academic personnel (AAP) Prof. Dr. Heiko Wenzel External Instructors Dr. Benjamin Kilchör Dr. Siegbert Riecker David van Acker MA (Ph.D. candidate) Department New Testament Independent academic personnel (ZAP) Prof. Dr. Martin Webber (Chairman a.i.) Prof. Dr. Armin Baum Dr. Bruce Hansen Prof. Dr. Jacobus (Kobus) Kok Prof. Dr. Gie Vleugels (sick-leave) Dr. H.H. Drake Williams III Assisting academic personnel (AAP) Jermo van Nes (Th.M.) (Ph.D. candidate)
17 Identity and Organization of the ETF 17 Special academic personnel (BAP) Dr. Boris Paschke External Instructors Dr. Mark Paridaens Department Historical Theology Independent academic personnel (ZAP) Prof. Dr. Andreas J. Beck (Chairman) Dr. Hélène Evers Prof. Dr. Donald M. Fairbairn Dr. Dolf te Velde Prof. Dr. Antonie Vos Assisting academic personnel (AAP) Matthias Mangold (MA) (Ph.D. candidate) Dr. Aaldert Prins postdoctoral researcher Maria Verhoeff (Th.M.) (Ph.D. candidate) (Policy Advisor Research) Special academic personnel (BAP) Philip Fisk, scientific co-worker (from Oct. 1) Prof. Dr. Johannes Hofmeyr External Instructors Drs. Laas Terpstra (Ph.D. candidate) Dr. Slavik Lytvynenko Department Systematic Theology Independent academic personnel (ZAP) Prof. Dr. Ronald T. Michener (Chairman) Dr. Jelle Creemers (Policy Advisor Education) Prof. Dr. Nico den Bok Prof. Dr. Jan Hoek Prof. Dr. Patrick Nullens Assisting academic personnel (AAP) Dr. David Courey, postdoctoral researcher Peirong Lin (MOL) (Ph.D candidate in combination with Department RM) Dr. Steven van den Heuvel, postdoctoral researcher Special academic personnel (BAP) Dr. Peter Heinckiens External Instructors Luk Sanders MA (Ph.D. candidate)
18 18 Identity and Organization of the ETF Department Practical Theology Independent academic personnel (ZAP) Dr. Jack Barentsen (Chairman) Dr. Jos Douma Dr. René Erwich Prof. Dr. Helge Stadelmann Assisting academic personnel (AAP) Dr. Léon van Ommen, postdoctoral researcher External Instructors Dr. Jocelyn Bryan Revd. Dr. Constance M. Cherry Prof. Dr. Mark Lamport Revd. Jean-Claude Thienpont Drs. Ron van der Spoel Drs. Willem C. van der Horst Benjamin Spring Th.M. (Ph.D. candidate) Department Religious Studies and Missiology Independent academic personnel (ZAP) Prof. Dr. Pieter Boersema (Chairman) Prof. Dr. John R. Franke Prof. Dr. Christof Sauer Prof. Dr. Christine Schirrmacher Prof. Dr. Pieter Siebesma Prof. Dr. Evert van de Poll Dr. Bart Wallet Assisting academic personnel (AAP) Dr. Jelle Creemers, postdoctoral researcher Special academic personnel (BAP) Prof. Dr. Klaus Fiedler Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller External Instructors Dr. John Choi Prof. Dr. Bernhard Reitsma Drs. Simon van der Lugt (Ph.D. candidate) Pedagogical Co-Workers Assisting academic personnel (AAP) Lic. Greet Gevaert Lic. Erika Voskuil
19 Identity and Organization of the ETF Administration and Support Services Administrative director Gerson Veldhuizen Academic Secretariat Elsie Wilms (office manager) Johan Jacobse Léon van Ommen (coordinator ETF OU) Bookkeeping Administration Bernard Vantieghem Building Maintenance Jeroen Kamphorst Executive Secretary Julie Gelling Information Technology Kris Sinnaeve LCCS Hospitality Manager Noëmí Bouwhuis Librarian Marjorie Webber Marlies Dikken (assistant) Public Relations Veerle Groeneveld (General) Petra Laagland-Winder (promotional booth) Reception Geert-Jan Bouwhuis Ornella Jamart Heleen Molenaar Residence Manager Noëmí Bouwhuis Student Pastorate André Le Roux Cindy Fisk Students can consult student pastors during office hours or by appointment. If students desire further professional guidance, they can contact Mr. Gerrit Houtman (Tel ,
20 20 Identity and Organization of the ETF mobile , This external professional help is a service to be paid by the student Library The theological libary of ETF serves a dual purpose: it encourages and supports study and research of students and professors and also serves as an evangelical study center for Belgium and the Netherlands. The ETF library offers wireless internet, scanning, printing and copying facilities, but above all, peace and quiet and space to study. The fast growing collection contains about documents. Students and personnel have access to important databases like ATLAS, EBSCO (Religion & Philosophy Collection) and ProQuest Religion through the internet. Login-information is provided by the librarian. Additional databases are consultable on-site in the library, including the Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts (www.ad-fontes.com). The opening hours of the library are established at the beginning of the academic year. During the holidays limited opening hours apply. The opening hours for the summer are announced by the third week of June. Students are encouraged to purchase an external user s card for the theological Maurits Sabbe Library of the Catholic University Leuven (KU Leuven) (cost reimbursed by ETF). This card gives patrons also access to other relevant libraries of the KU Leuven, including the Central Library and the library of the Higher Institute of Philosophy. Students who follow one or more courses at the KU Leuven have access by their student card from the university Residence The main ETF residence facility is situated in the same building complex as the educational facility. About sixty rooms and apartments are available for rent. It strives to provide a good living and studying climate. Since the school is multicultural, residents are expected to respect each other s cultural and faith experience. The residence hall is first of all intended for ETF students, but also open to staff and other Christians studying elsewhere in Leuven. It is managed by a committee responsible to the Board of Trustees of ETF. In daily operations the residence manager is assisted by resident volunteers from different floors. Rental prices vary depending upon the size and accommodations of rooms. Resident student and staff arrange their own meals. For more information please refer to the Residence Hall Internal Regulations. Costs for living on campus are found at 5.5. Residence Manager: Noëmí Bouwhuis Cooperation between ETF and other institutions Erasmus+ and other exchange programs The ETF participates in the Erasmus+ exchange program, the new EU program for education, training, youth and sport. The Erasmus+ program aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernise Education, Training, and Youth work. Students are
21 Identity and Organization of the ETF 21 encouraged to make use of this opportunity. Besides Erasmus+ ETF also participates in other exchange programs such as Transition and ASEM-DUO. In bachelor 2, bachelor 3 and master 1 there are different opportunities to study abroad for a (part of the) academic year. More information about the possibilities for international exchange is available for students on the ETF Virtual Campus. At least once a year there is a meeting for interested students. Ansgar College and Theological Seminary (ATH), Kristiansand, Norway The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution. The agreement provides for: Student mobility (option for ATH students to study at ETF for one semester); Transfer opportunities of ATH students to the ETF; Teacher mobility. Chongshin University, South Korea The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution. The agreement provides for exchange in the framework of research programs, particularly in the area of Post Reformation Studies. Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (CHE), Ede, the Netherlands The ETF and CHE have a cooperative agreement which provides for: student transfer of CHE students to ETF; Joint research; Possible appointment of CHE teachers with doctorates as guest professors at the ETF. Durham University, Engeland The ETF is currently working on a cooperative agreement with this univeristy-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement will provide for teacher and student mobility. Evangelical School of Theology (EST), Wrocław, Poland The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for teacher mobility. Giessen School of Theology (FTH), Giessen, Germany The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution (in the process of accreditation). This agreement provides for: Transfer of FTA graduates into master 2 at ETF; Teacher mobility. Handong Global University, South-Korea The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution. This agreement provides for: Student mobility; Teacher mobility; Joint research.
22 22 Identity and Organization of the ETF Hanzehogeschool Groningen, the Netherlands The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for student mobility. Heidelberg University, Germany The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for student mobility. International Baptist Theological Seminary, Amsterdam The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for: Student mobility; Teacher mobility; LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this institution of higher education in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for: Student mobility; Transfer of LCC-students to ETF. Matej Bel University, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this institution of higher education in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for: Student mobility; Teacher mobility; Staff training. North-West University, South Africa The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for: Teacher mobility; Student mobility. Örebro School of Theology, Sweden The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for: Student mobility; Teacher mobility. Sapienza - University of Rome, Italy The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution. This agreement provides for student mobility. Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule (STH), Basel, Switzerland The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this academic educational institution (in the process of accreditation). This agreement provides for: Student mobility;
23 Identity and Organization of the ETF 23 Transfer of STH graduates into master 2 at ETF; Teacher mobility. Theological University of the Reformed Churches, Kampen, the Netherlands The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for student and teacher mobility in both directions. Also in the field of research, the ETF has an agreement with this institution, which provides a joint doctoral program and training for researchers University of Basel, Switzerland The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for student mobility. Because the participation of Switzerland in the Erasmus + program is unclear at this time, it is possible that an exchange can not be realized University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for student mobility. VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands The ETF has a cooperative agreement with this university-level educational institution in the framework of Erasmus+. This agreement provides for student mobility and for joint and double doctorates. Yale University, New Haven, United States The ETF has a cooperative agreement with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, resulting in the Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux headquartered at ETF and a partnership with VU University Amsterdam. Administrative Council for the Protestant and Evangelical Worship Service (ARPEE) The Flemish Chamber of the Federal Synod of Protestant and Evangelical Churches, one of the two wings of the ARPEE, recognizes the ETF as its designated program for academic theological education with the following words: Regarding the function of servant of the worship service in the churches connected to the Federal Synod, is in the Flemish Community the Evangelical Theological Faculty (Leuven/ Heverlee) the designated academic program. As academic institution the ETF incarnates the theological identity of the Federal Synod. The ETF degree of Bachelor and Master in Theology and Religious Studies functions as reference point for the evaluation of the applicant preachers who followed their academic education elsewhere. As a professionally recognized institution with academic degrees, the ETF not only fulfils an important role as educational institution, but also contributes to the development of Evangelical churches in Flanders through research. Committee for Protestant Evangelical Religious Education (PEGO) ETF is authorized by the Committee for Protestant Evangelical Religious Education to confer the diploma of teacher, which certifies that its holder is competent to provide Protestant Evangelical Religious Education in Flanders.
24 24 Identity and Organization of the ETF Other activities In addition to education and research, academic service is an important task for a university faculty. The ETF believes this kind of service is important and undertakes lots of activities that can be placed under this heading.
25 25 2. Education and Examination Regulations Education Regulations Rights and responsibilities (admission agreement and contract) Art. 1. The Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (ETF), recognized by the Flemish Community in Belgium (Vlaamse Gemeenschap) according to Art. II.105 and II of the Codex Higher Education 20 XII 2013 as able to confer the degrees of bachelor, master, teacher and doctor in the field of theology and religious studies, has as its purpose, starting from its Protestant Evangelical identity as expressed in its statement of faith, to deepen and strengthen the international Evangelical movement academically. It provides universitylevel theological education and assures, among other, the theological formation of Protestant teachers of religion and of preachers and pastors, particularly for service in churches affiliated with the Federal Synod of Protestant and Evangelical Churches in Belgium (Federale Synode van Protestantse en Evangelische Kerken in België). It carries out scholarly research and contributes to theological reflection, deepening and ongoing formation of the Evangelical movement. Art. 2. The members of the academic personnel of ETF are committed, through their studies and experience and in agreement with the Protestant Evangelical identity of ETF, to continuously optimize their teaching, to keep up to date with developments in their discipline, and to maintain contact with the future employment fields of the students. Besides educational and research competences they also have competences in the area of services for Protestant- Evangelical churches and the Evangelical movement. Art. 3. It is expected of students who enrol (in other words, commit to an admission agreement) that they respond to academic requirements (see below Art. 7-11) and that they are willing to put in between 25 and 30 hours per ECTS study point (stp) at an acceptable academic level. Given the special character of the course of study, the maintaining of good faith and loyalty is desired from students as well as personnel on the basis of the institution (as intended in directive 2000/78 from the Council of the European Union, Art. 4). For the students this implies that they adhere in their philosophy of life at least to the main lines of the statement of faith of ETF and that they adhere in their general behaviour to the ways in which activities organized by ETF are interpreted (in this connection internships are of the utmost importance). As a rule, (re)registrations for the academic year occur on the registration day or, for the second semester, no later than one week before the beginning of the semester. At the student s request the Administrative Committee (i.e. the Education Subcommittee Ba/Ma) may allow exceptions to this. Art. 3bis. The admission agreement is expressed concretely by a formal contract. The standard contract is the diploma contract for a full time course of study, which the student fulfils in an academic year. For social, medical, or economic reasons the diploma contract may be signed for a part time course of study.
26 26 Education and Examination Regulations The credit contract is intended for students desiring to follow one particular course (or group of courses) at ETF. This is not possible for all courses, in particular for the master s thesis or the Internship. Because of the importance ETF attaches to dialog and guidance, it is reluctant to allow examination contracts or grant diplomas on the basis of Art. II of the Codex Higher Education 20 XII The minimum age is fixed at 30 years and a minimum of 6 years work experience is required. A diploma may never be earned solely on the basis of these contracts. An examination contract is not possible for all courses, particularly for courses for which high interaction between professors or fellow students is essential. The student with an examination contract is not entitled to guidance, free usage of the library or the student status. The contracts consist of a precise description of the programme and the necessary references to the Examination Regulations. For determining the programme see art. 18. Art. 3ter. Modification of the type of contract (cf. Art. 3bis) is only possible in the first week of the second semester by sending a written request to the Academic Secretariat. The content of the contract can only be changed using the request form Registration/Withdrawal/Exemptione (ETF Virtual Campus) before the expiration of the deadlines of the first and second semester, which are mentioned in the Academic Calendar (closing date registration for/withdrawal from courses). Art. 4. In addition to what is stated in Art. 2, students may expect personal supervision: to a reasonable extent in administrative and educational areas, organized by the faculty (including information sessions for new students), and to a limited extent in matters of content by members of the academic personnel. Students with special needs based on an acknowledged handicap or a special status in the area of sports or culture may expect necessary supporting measures and spreading of examinations where needed. Art. 5. The student who consistently neglects his or her duties, damages the properties or material interests of ETF, repeatedly violates the library and/or ICTregulations, or deliberately harms the image of ETF as an Evangelical, academic, and financially sound institution, may incur a disciplinary sanction. The disciplinary sanctions are blame, suspension, and the consilium abeundi. They are imposed by the Faculty Council with a two-thirds majority vote. The student receives the opportunity to view his/her file and to defend him-/herself. Appeal of the suspension and consilium abeundi is possible according to Art. 24. Art. 6. A student who believes that ETF or one of the members of its academic personnel falls terribly short in what is promised in Art. 2 or Art. 4 may submit a complaint to the Executive. The Executive hears the relevant persons and makes a decision. Appeal of this decision is possible according to Art. 24. Additional admission requirements per study programme Art. 7. Students who wish to begin in the bachelor s programme must, in addition to a satisfactory knowledge of Dutch, have at least obtained: a diploma from secondary school, a diploma of higher education of the short type with complete curriculum, or a diploma of higher education for social promotion (with the
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