On 21 October 2019 Rector Professor Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer and the team of the FIT welcomed a total of 30 new BA and MA students from 15 countries to the start of the courses in the winter semester 2019/2020. They come from Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, Germany, Georgia, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Belarus and the USA to study in the South Heath.
During the orientation week from 15.10. to 20.10.2019, the "newcomers" got to know the campus and the FIT team as well as the towns of Hermannsburg and Hannover.
On an "evening of encounter", the new students returned the favor for the warm welcome by presenting themselves and their home country with its cultural peculiarities in various presentations. The entertaining programme ranged from an Indian poem, picture presentations and songs from Korea, India, Belarus, Ethiopia, Egypt and Ghana to a Chinese tea ceremony, a Nepalese dance and the serving of culinary delicacies from Ethiopia and Germany. The audience was enthusiastic about the creativity of the participants and the sometimes very touching contributions!
The students now face exciting, but also challenging years of academic education, for which Rector Richebächer gave them the following: "We are very pleased that you have decided to study intercultural theology and want to enter a profession that practically helps people to overcome hatred, exclusion and disrespect. On the basis of our faith and in the richness of the various spiritual traditions that you all bring with you, it is possible here in Germany, as in many other places, to prevent violence and wars between worldviews and religions, but also wars between insatiable people against creation".