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Erasmus Policy Statement

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Erasmus Policy Statement

As the legal successor of the Reformed College of Papa (Scholae Reformatae Papensis), founded in 1531, Papa Reformed Theological Seminary was reopened for theological training in 1998 after being closed in 1951 by the communist government. It is one of the educational institutions, affiliated with the Reformed Church of Hungary and accredited by the Ministry of Human Capacities that provides training for ministers in a uniform, undivided MA course, for teachers of Christian faith in a BA and a Short-cycle course, for pastoral counsellors and for homiletes in Short-cycle courses. Our Seminary therefore maintains first and foremost relations with universities involved in training ministers and teachers of Christian faith for protestant churches both in Europe and overseas. It does not exclude partnership with universities affiliated with other Christian denominations (such as Catholic universities).

So far we had affiliation with universities from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and South-Africa where our staff and/or students have undertaken short or long term research, scholarships, studies or field work training. We would like to maintain these partnerships and approach other tertiary educational institutions of Europe and beyond for future cooperation. During the past six years of membership in the Erasmus+ program of the European Union we gradually built up partnerships with universities in Kampen, Amsterdam-Groningen, Prague, Komarno, Cluj-Napoca which we would like to extend to a few other institutions offering courses that can be beneficial for our students and staff.

Through our international partnerships our primary aim is to provide our students of all courses with the opportunity to study in an environment where they can use and improve their language skills, where they can carry out field work training, where they can have access to study and research material that would not be available for them otherwise.

Our goal is to ensure that our staff is also given the opportunity to attend partner universities as guest lecturers, for the purpose of attending conferences, to engage in studies in the framework of short or long term scholarships/fellowships and to exchange experiences in matters related to administration and promotion of Erasmus+ programs.

Our institution also encourages incoming students to undertake both short and long term studies.

As a long standing tradition, the Seminary welcomes guest lecturers of various European universities to conduct workshops or lecture for the full length of the academic year. Some of them have been awarded honorary doctorate degree and return to our Seminary on a regular basis in order to strengthen mutual fellowship, to support our students to be able to present papers in foreign languages and to promote excellence in Biblical scholarship.

Incoming students and staff who undertake research are able to access through our main library a wide range of premium information resources provided by ATLA and other platforms, including some of the most comprehensive theological databases, which are only accessible at our Seminary within Hungary. Our departmental libraries in total house a collection of 20 000 volumes. Our location near the Austrian border allows our students and staff to visit libraries in Vienna as well as Salzburg universities. Libraries in the capital city, Budapest are also within easy reach.

In our cooperation with partner universities we commit ourselves to a non-discrimination, anti-racism and gender equality policy to ensure that visiting and local staff and students are treated with respect and dignity and selected based on their merits regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation or political standing.

We also commit ourselves to ensure that both local and incoming students will be able to continue their studies upon return to their respective institutions without difficulty or disadvantage.

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