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University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology

Welcome to FIT

The University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology (FIT) is specializing in the fields of intercultural theology, diaconia and ecumenical cooperation in a global context. 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 also an exceptional place of intercultural and interreligious encounter: Students from Germany and all over the world live and learn together and share with one another their diverse theological and cultural backgrounds.Currently, 92 students from 33 countries are studying at the FIT - including the Master's programme "Intercultural Theology" offered in cooperation with the University of Göttingen.

In particular our students perceive the internationality and interculturality on campus, combined with the special range of courses offered at our university of applied sciences, as unique and horizon widening. At the FIT students do not only learn about Intercultural Theology in the lectures, but they live it every day in the community. Here you are "FACING GOD AND THE WORLD"!

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New Year Greetings from FIT - under the sign of Freedom

Christmas 2022
Dear students, alumni, staff, friends and supporters of FIT,
the figure in the photo has the title "Angel of Freedom". For good reason, this angel adorns the picture for FIT's New Year's greeting. We all wish for nothing more than freedom and peace in Ukraine, but also in the no less terrible war zones on all continents of the world. At the same time, we are aware that peace and freedom cannot be taken for granted, but are precious goods that must be preserved. We, who were able to experience Christmas and the turn of the year here in peace and freedom, must and should be all the more grateful and humble.
FIT wishes all of you a happy 2023 with health, joy and fulfillment in your studies and daily work as much as well-being for you and your families. It may also succeed to find peace and good prospects for the future in the current crisis regions.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2023!

Warm welcome to the new MA students!

Gruppenfoto MA 14
13 new students from 9 countries arrived on the FIT Campus in Hermannsburg on 17.10.2022, where they were warmly welcomed by the university management, the teaching staff and the FIT team. The students from Egypt, China, Japan, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, Congo and the USA will complete the MA program "Intercultural Theology" - offered in cooperation with the University of Göttingen. Two more MA students from China and Turkey are still expected.
Read more here: Orientation Week

FIT celebrates Graduation

Fliegende Hüte 2022

In September 2022, the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (FIT) celebrated the graduation of six students.The celebration began in the FIT Chapel with a service led by Prof. Dr. Katharina Kleine Vennekate, follwed by the ceremony for the official presentation of diplomas. Rector Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer, who retired a few days later at the end of September 2022, was the first well-wisher and characterized the six graduates from Kenya, Nigeria, Georgia, China/Hong Kong and Germany in his address as a "great social treasure of our society and our churches in a world torn apart by war, racism and ecological crises." Further congratulators were the regional bishop Dr. Karl-Hinrich Manzke (Ev.-luth. Landeskirche Schaumburg-Lippe), Director Michael Thiel (Ev.-luth.-Mission Society in Lower Saxony / ELM) and Sabine Rudnick (deputy mayor of the municipality Südheide) who came to offer their congratulations. Finally, the graduates represented by Jeremiah Friday Ogbaga, Keti Verulidze and Ann Naliaka took the floor and expressed words of joy and thanks.

Here is the report from the Graduation (in German): Bericht Graduierungsfeier 2022



Dies academicus 2022 was a great success

AKL auf dem dies ac.

With great pleasure, the deputy rector of FIT, Professor Dr Andreas Kunz-Lübcke, welcomed around 40 active students, alumni, lecturers and guests to the dies academicus - the "highlight of the academic year" - on the FIT campus on 13 May 2022.

The guiding theme of the day was "Religion without education?" This question - which can also be understood critically in view of the closure of FIT in 2025 as decided by the Mission Committee - was examined on the basis of two world religions: Hinduism and Judaism.

Here you can find the detailed report (in German): 
Bericht dies academicus 2022




Mission Committee decides to close FIT after a transitional period. University operation continues until probably 2025

The Mission Committee of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Lower Saxony (ELM) decided on the 09.03.2021 to phase out the two Bachelor degree programmes at the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg.

University operations will continue until students who have started their studies by the winter semester 2021/2022 can complete their degree prgramme within the standard or maximum period of study according to the respective examination regulations.

Although the FIT enjoys a high reputation, especially among actors from science, mission and ecumenism, because of the good quality in teaching and research as much as because of its educational offer relevant for society and churches, financial aspects ultimately had priority in the decision-making of the MA.

FIT has taken a position on the closure decision as follows: Open letter FIT to closure decision

For details on the Mission Committee`s decision please check here: https://www.fh-hermannsburg-eng.landeskirche-hannovers.de/News-and-events

The FIT is looking constructively to the future and is seeking options as to how and where intercultural theology can be anchored academically and also in church structures in the future. We do this out of the conviction that intercultural theology is relevant for church and society and will become even more relevant in the future.