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 March 13, 2013 was another day of celebration in the context of our 40th anniversary at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek, Croatia.  We were especially honored by our two distinguished speakers, the Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and renowned Yale scholar Miroslav Volf (also a graduate and Professor at ETS). Many distinguished Christian and public leaders attended the occasion.  The celebration itself was held at a historical (former) Jewish Synagogue in the center of the campus, and was well covered by the media.  The event included a lecture on “The Meaning of Christian Faith in the Era of Globalization” by Miroslav Volf, and a speech on religious freedom by President Josipovic.   Volf was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity, while President Josipovic received an award for promoting a culture of dialogue and tolerance, and contending for the rights of religious minorities.  “President Josipovic thanked Dr. Kuzmic and ETS for the recognition and praised the school for its strategic contribution in transforming human lives, culture and society with a message of peace and hope,” reported the Croatian press.

The Evangelical Theological Seminary on June 10 awarded 72 degrees to 59 students on a rainy Saturday following the dedication of the new Student Center and Lena and George Hendrickson Library.

Degrees were awarded to students representing 11 nationalities, including 34 from Croatia, 10 from Macedonia, and three each from Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia-Montenegro. Six other nations had one graduate, including Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the United States and Myanmar. Degrees included undergraduate and master's degrees.

The seminary also awarded the inaugural Distinguished Leadership Award posthumously to Dr. J. Philip Hogan, a mission executive, evangelical leader and founder of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship. The award was given to honor his work in advancing the gospel around the world and to “gratefully recognize his unique vision and strategic contribution to the founding and growth of our seminary.” The award was presented to his wife, a resident of the United States, who shared remembrances of the school over the years including the purchase of the Synagogue, which remains at the center of the campus.

Just prior to the graduation, the seminary dedicated its new four-story 30,000-square-foot Student Center and Lena and George Hendrickson Library. The building, six years in development, will finally allow students and visiting scholars to utilize its complete theological holdings as well as providing room to add to its collections. For the first time, the seminary will be able to utilize its full library of 65,000 volumes of specialized literature and more than 100 theological and biblical studies journals. Previously, the library was so cramped that some 30,000 volumes have been sitting for years in storage. The new building also provides ample reading room space for scholars to study as well as lecture halls and faculty and administrative offices.

Governmental officials from Croatia as well and church leaders from most denominations in Croatia participated in the dediation or graduation ceremonies.

ETS serves Protestant students of all denominations primarily from the former communist countries of south central Europe, including Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and Ukraine but has also had students from Asia and Africa. Its more than 900 former students minister in 60 countries across the globe.

The seminary, founded in Zagreb in 1972 under communism, moved to Osijek, in the northeastern part of Croatia in the 1980s. This move positioned it at the crossroads of the two major streams of Christendom – Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy – as well as at the point of entry into Europe of Islam.

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    ETS is organizing the theological integration conference on Christian conversion - “Christian Conversion: Multi-disciplinary, International and Ecumenical Perspectives” The conference on Christian conversion aims to be a scholarly and reflective inquiry into the Christian practice and experience of conversion from a variety of relevant academic disciplines, national-cultural contexts, and ecclesial traditions, with special care to address the topic within the context of Central and Eastern Europe. The conference will include presentations of academic papers from keynote speakers and accepted submissions from an open call for papers, as well as planned interactive sessions on designated topics. Publication of an anthology of some or all presented papers will be sought with the goal of publication by October, 2022 in celebration of VETU-ETS’s 50th anniversary. More about the conference...
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    All first-year, degree-seeking applicants, are eligible to be considered for merit scholarship!
  • Merit-Based Scholarship for Early applicants (until May 15th!)

    All first-year, degree-seeking applicants, are eligible to be considered for merit scholarship!
  • Suspension of classroom-based instruction

    All schools of higher education in Croatia, including our own, received instructions from the Government to suspend our regular classes for two weeks. Our professional board has decided, due to a number of its students coming from distant regions and the possibility of a further extension of this period, that VETU will suspend regular classroom-based instruction for one month and that we will continue with our regular classroom instruction from April 20th. All of our courses will continue with online-based instruction according to our normal schedule - our lecturers will upload their materials on the course pages within learn.evtos.hr (Moodle), students are to be in contact with their lecturers and continue to do assignments as set by their lecturer. Each student has the user information and is enrolled within the system in the courses he / she is attending this semester. The lecturer communicates with students through the aforementioned pages, sends messages, uploads materials, records content, and in the event of problems with the system, will use e-mail to inform the support group.
  • Merit-Based Scholarship for Early applicants (until April 30th!)

    All first-year, degree-seeking applicants, are eligible to be considered for merit scholarship!