The President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Union Presbyterian Seminary (UPSem) visited the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) and disussed partnerhsip issues with EGST Administration on Monday July 15, 2019.
In a joint meeting with EGST administration, both organizations expressed their intersts for collaboration and identified areas of mutual interest. After welcoming the visitors, Rev. Dr Misgana Mathewos, Director of EGST expressed his joy for hosting UPSem leaders’ official working visit to EGST.
Dr Brain K.Blount, President of UPSem and Professor of New Testament, in his part introduced the contributions of his institution and expressed willingness to launch partnehsip with EGST.
Among other things, it was proposed to start the partnehsip with students and faculty exchange ; research opportunities for faculty and PhD students, experience sharing in curriculum development and Hybrid Online Programme. and related engagments.
At the end of the joint meeting, both parties agreed to draft Memorandium of Understanding (MoU) and move the discussion forward to reach into concrete agreements.
It was learnt that Union Presbyterian Seminary is one of 10 theological schools of the Presbyterian Church in U.S.A., founded in 1812 as a theological adjunct of Hampden-Sydney College in central Virginia. In its motto ‘For the Church in the World’, the seminairy has served the church by educating pastors and teachers, missionaries, and scholars for service to Christ and the world. The “Union” represents the partnership of the synods of Virginia and North Carolina on behalf of theological education where its campuses are located in Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte campus of UPSem which provides students with a unique learning opportunity for faith communities in North and South Carolina. (Source: EGST PRC, July 15, 2019)