The Board of the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) approved the graduation of all the 59 candidates recommended by the Faculty Council at a meeting held on July 25, 2022.
On July 30, 2022, EGST awarded 59 Post Graduate Degrees to the 22nd batch of candidates from the school. The 59 graduates are composed of five programs: Biblical and Theological Studies, Leadership and Management, Development Studies, Post-graduate Diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies and Master of Theology.
Including the 2022 graduates, EGST has graduated a total of 758 Post Graduate and Masters Alumni in its 25 years of service. EGST is currently in its extended admission period and expects to accept new students in its five programmes for the next academic year 2022/2023.
The graduation was held at EGST in the Auditorium on the 5th floor. Dr. Afework Hailu was the Master of the ceremony. Opening prayer was led by Pastor Tsadiku Abdo from ECFE and the opening message was offered by Professor Teketel Yohannes, EGST Board Chairperson. EGST Student and Student council member Mikiyas Goshu led worship.
EGST Director, Rev. Dr. Misgana Mathewos gave welcoming remarks, followed by a song by graduate student Asmamaw Lemma. A sermon was then given by Rev. Dr. Ayalew Tessema. The Awarding of Degrees was given by Professor Teketel Yohannes, EGST Board chairperson, Rev. Dr. Misgana Mathewos, EGST Director, Dr. Lidetu Alemu, Head of Academic Affairs and W/t Hanna Bekele, EGST Registrar.
The Academic awards were given by Dr. Tassew Gebre, EKHC President and Member of EGST Council of Owners, Rev. Dr. Misgana Mathewos, Dr. Afework Hail, EGST PhD Programme Coordinator and W/t Hanna Bekele. The Highest Institutional Prize was given by Rev. Dr. Yonas Yigezu, President of EECMY and EGST Council of Owners Chairperson.
The Valedictorian speech was made by Saron Kebede, the highest institutional award winner from MALM, followed by a Graduate’s testimony by Helina Belachew from MADevS. The charge to graduates was given by Rev. Dr. Yonas Yigezu and closing prayer was made by Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idosa, member of EGST Board.
In their messages to the graduates, EGST leaders made remarks for the graduates to faithfully serve the Lord amidst difficult situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and to present their ministries in a genuine, Biblical and holistic manner.
EGST exists to equip Christ-like women and men through theological and related studies and stimulate research for the service of church and society in Ethiopia and beyond. The main areas of work are teaching, research and community engagement.
EGST currently offers post-graduate studies ranging from Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); Post Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies (PGD), Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS), Master of Arts in Leadership and Management (MALM), Master of Arts in Development Studies with specialization areas in Community Development and Theology and Gender, Health and Theology (MADevS), Master of Arts in Peace and Sustainable Development (MAPSD), and Master of Theology (MTh). EGST is also offering doctoral studies programme in partnership with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) which was launched in October 2017.
In 2010, EGST was awarded accreditation by the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA), recognizing the teaching standards and contextual relevance of EGST’s programs as well as the overall administration and resources of the school.
Furthermore, on March 14, 2019 after an extensive international peer review of its programmes, EGST also received validation to all its programmes from the Free University of Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), founded by former Prime Minister of Holland Abraham Kipper.
EGST is registered in Ethiopia according to Proclamation Number 691/2003 by the former Ministry of Federal Affairs currently renamed as Ministry of Peace to serve church and society with the objective of teaching, research and community engagement.