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The FIT is a University of Applied Scinces 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 Göttignen 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 the international encounters: Students from all over the world live and learn together and share with one another their diverse theological approaches and cultural expereinces.

Be inspired by this diversity!

Announcement: Symposium "The First World War as a Turning Point"

Koloniale Besatzungstruppen im Rheinland.

Explanation to the photo:
Colonial occupying forces in Rhineland. A
large contingent of the allied troops was French; many soldiers came from Africa, Madagascar, Morocco, Algeria and Tunesia.

The Ludwig Harms Board of Trustees and the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg hold a symposium titled „Wendezeit Weltkrieg / The First World War as a Turning Point“.

Date and venue

The symposium is to take place on the FIT university campus from the 30.11. until the 02.12.2018.

Content and objective of the symposium

The First World War was a decisive historical turning point leading to a fundamental reorganization of international relations, the repurcussions of which still effect us, the Church and the Mission today. Relations between the supposedly superior western world and the people in the missionary fields of work in Africa und Asia and the colonial structures of domination were fundamentally questioned. The changes to ecumenism worldwide and interfaith relations during and after the World War are to be examined by a panel of international experts.

The main objective of the symposium is to examine the long-term effects of the war on the world today, with a special focus on the work of the Hermannsburg Mission (and the Blind Mission in Hildesheim) in South Africa, Ethiopia, India and China (Hongkong) and its partner churches, whereby, above all, the indigenous Christians‘ point of view is to be reflected upon.

‚Key note‘ speakers will establish the common ground and elaborate on the overall standpoints in the papers.

Attendance at the symposium

Persons interested in attending the symposium need to register by the 16.11.2018. To download the registration form and the flyer with the programme, follow the links below.

The conference fee is 20,00 EUR plus additional charges for meals.


The symposium is sponsored by the Hans Lilje Foundation and the Cultural Funding Scheme of the Federal Foreign Office; the organizers of the symposium thank the sponsors for their support.

Farewell party for MA 8 ICT

Group picture MA 8 and MA 9 with lecturers and coordinators of University Göttingen and FIT (photo: Kam Suan Mung)

On July, 6th 2018 the farewell party for the 8th group of the Master programme Intercultural Theology (ICT) took place in Göttingen. As representatives of the two responsible Universities lecturer and coordinator of University of Göttingen and FIT participated in the celebration, as well as relatives of the MA 8 students and students of the study group MA 9.

Students of Studycourse MA 8 with lecturers and coordinators (Photo: Kam Suan Mung)

The FIT congratulates all MA 8 students. We hope that they will take the achieved strength to the places they live and work at.

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.

Conference "Churches of Reformation in Social and Political Responsibility for the One World" was successful


In October 2017 the world celebrated 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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