Profile of ETF
Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (ETF) in Leuven is a unique institution for higher, university education. We are located in the oldest University City in the Benelux, in a country where Protestants are only a small minority. At the same time, as one of the few evangelical institutions for higher education in Europe, ETF has an impact which reaches far beyond our national borders.
ETF has as its goal to deepen, strengthen and equip the international evangelical movement at an academic level. This is why our faculty is a destination for anyone who wishes to prepare him/herself scientifically to take on roles in churches, religious education, Christian organizations and the mission field. Through scientific research, publications and life-long learning, ETF contributes to the theological reflection of the evangelical movement in Belgium, the Netherlands and worldwide. The task of ETF is, therefore, to place all its activities in service of God and our neighbor.
The ETF wants to equip people to take their place in Church and society in order to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in the world. Our approach is Bible-based, at the academic level and culturally enriching.
In the Reformation tradition and in line with the worldwide evangelical movement, we study the Bible as the primary and authoritative source for Christian life and thinking. The attention we spend on the Scriptures does not eliminate the importance of tradition, reason, and experience. But to perceive the Bible as the Word of God emphasizes the importance of scientific exegesis of the Old and New Testaments. It also means that the Bible receives a central place in our education, research and our service.
Academic and up-to-date
We are convinced of the importance of up-to-date and scientifically grounded education and offer recognized degrees at an academic level (Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D.). At the same time, we stimulate spiritual formation in combination with the development of leadership skills.
Interdenominational and International
People from a whole range of countries/continents and church backgrounds study and work at our institution. This multicultural atmosphere enriches the formation, broadens the horizon and prepares our students working, living and believing together in an intercultural society and church context.
The ETF is found in Heverlee, a suburb of the century’s old yet vital city of Leuven. Leuven is only a stones-throw away from Brussels, the heart of Europe, and close to the national airport. The history of Leuven as a university town goes back to 1425 when the university was founded. Erasmus, Vesalius, and Mercator are some of the great minds that studied here. The buildings of the oldest university in the Low Countries adorn almost every corner, and the city life is buzzing during the academic year due to over 55,000 students residing here. It makes sense that Leuven is known as the student city in Belgium.
Leuven has many treasures: a beautiful historical city center with pearls such as the town hall built in 1439 or the even older Grand Béguinage. But also the new museum M, the botanical garden, charming shopping streets, restaurants and outdoor cafes. You will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy culture, nature, and sport. In Leuven, there are a number of small Protestant Evangelical Churches. In the surrounding area, you will find even more.
It is easy to get around in Leuven by bicycle or public transport. Leuven itself is also easily accessible: the town lies at the intersection of two major motorways, there is a train station in the center of the town and Brussels airport is 15 km away.
Facts & Figures
Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in February 2015, expressed in some numbers:
- 80 Bachelor’s
- 71 Master’s (incl. Specific Teaching Training Program)
- 52 PhD
- 19 nationalities/countries
60 staff members
- 34 independent academic personnel (lecturer, associate professor, professor)
- 12 assisting academic personnel (assistant, post-doctoral researcher, practitioner teaching assistant)
- 5 special academic personnel (guest-lecturers, visiting researchers, senior researchers)
- 9 administrative and technical personnel
- 11 volunteers of whom 4 missionaries
Over 1000 alumni
Over 100 publications in 2014
62 doctorates awarded
70 students living on campus
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