FH Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg
Welcome to the website of the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (FIT)!
The FIT is a University of Applied Sciences specializing in the fields of intercultural theology, diaconia and ecumenical cooperation in a global context. At the moment three fulltime degree courses are on offer: BA Intercultural Theology, Migration and Congregational Leadership (titled as of the winter semester 2017/2018: Intercultural Theology, Migration and Global Cooperation), BA Mission Studies and International Diaconia (titled as of the winter semester 2017/2018: Intercultural Theology and Global Diaconia) and in cooperation with the University of Göttingen MA Intercultural Theology.
Students acquire in praxis-oriented teaching and research, the essential intercultural, theological and social diaconal qualifications to deal with the everchanging challenges being faced in the wake of globalization.
The FIT is an exceptional institution for intercultural encounters: students from all over the world live and learn together and share with one another their diverse theological approaches and cultural experiences.
Be inspired by this diversity!
Welcome at the FIT
Only a few days after the festive farewell of the this year`s graduates the new BA and MA students arrived on FIT Campus. They come from all over the world to study in Hermannsburg: Greece, Tunisia, Nigeria, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Pakistan, Vietnam, Russia, India, Brasil, Armenia, Iran, Latvia and Taiwan - and a few students also from Germany.
The FIT Team welcomes all new students and wishes them an inspiring time on the FIT Campus as much as in Göttingen, interesting intercultural experiences during the classes as much as in your daily life and lots of enjoyment and success in your studies.
It is great to have you here!
Congratulations to this year´s Graduates
"We have made it and hold the Bachelor Diploma in our hands!"
This can be said by the new graduates of FIT since September 23rd, 2017. At that day the deputy principal of FIT, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer, presented the diploma to five new graduates. The festive ceremony was attended by family and friends of the graduates, the FIT Team and invited guests, who strongly applauded the graduates.
International, research-active and well-connected: The FIT secures accreditation certificate
The FIT has successfully gained institutional accreditation from the German Federal Advisory Council on Science and Academic Affairs.
The council, after conferring in July in Bremen, confirmed that the FIT has fulfilled all constitutional requirements for a university level institution after five years of teaching. The accreditation certificate, with certain conditions and recommendations, was granted for 5 years, thus fulfilling the necessary requirements for a further state recognition by the County of Lower Saxony. The council emphasised that the FIT and its objective to bring the tradition of critical Protestant work and Lutheran theologies into dialogue with pentecostal and charismatic movements, is unique to the whole of Germany. The council positively reviewed the international composition of the student body and the close personal contact between the lecturers and the students. The council also acknowledged the equally important role academic research work plays at FIT and the fact that FIT is both nationally and internationally well connected.
In May 2017 the newly conceptualized degree programmes „Intercultural Theology, Migration and Global Cooperation“ and „ Intercultural Theology and Global Diaconia“ , both on offer at FIT as of the winter semester 2017/2018, were already accredited for a further 7 years by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency.
Inaugural lecture of Prof. Dr. Gabriele Beckmann
On the 01.07.2017 Prof. Dr. Gabriele Beckmann held her inaugural lecture to an audience of colleagues, students and guests of FIT on the subject "Religious organizations and development - Development organizations and religon. The dynamics of a fuzzy field for cooperation and research".
On behalf of all colleagues and staff members Principal Prof. Frieder Ludwig congratulated Prof. Beckmann on her inspiring speech and expressed his joy and gratitude to have her in the FIT-Team.
In a moving service immediately prior to the inaugural lecture Prof. Beckmann was consecrated to the task of lecturer at FIT by Pastor Michael Thiel, Director of Evangelical-Lutheran Mission in Lower Saxony (ELM).
Conference "Churches of Reformation in Social and Political Responsibility for the One World" was successful
In October 2017 the world celebrates the 500th Jubilee of the Reformation. On this Reformation Anniversary the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (FIT) hosted an international and interdisciplinary conference on the subject "The Churches of Reformation in their Social and Political Responsibility for the One World".
More than 50 experts from 5 continents came to Hermannsburg in June 2016 to reflect upon the role of the churches in social development processes in the international debate and to discuss the "world-wide impact of the reformation movement", which started in the 16th century in Europe. A particular focus of the conference were case studies to 10 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Northern America and Europe.
The conference was set by a public panel discussion on "Reformation and Responsibilty for the World". Paticipants of this panel discussion were Landesbischof Ralf Meister (Ev.-luth. Landeskirche Hannovers), Prof. Dr. Claudia Warning (EWDE), Prof. Dr. Elisio Macamo (University Basel), Prof. Dr. Amélé Adamavi-Aho Ekué (Ecumenical Institute Bossey) und Dr. Cornelia Johnsdorf. The discussion was led by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer (FIT).
The conference was sponsored by the "Federal Government Commissioner for Cultur and the Media", the Hanns-Lilje-Foundation (Hanover) and the Churches of Hanover, Brunswick and Schaumburg -Lippe.
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