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Thursday, December 8, 2011

First Coptic Orthodox Theological College to be accredited in the modern world!

First Coptic Orthodox Theological College to be accredited in the modern world!
It is with great delight that I can announce St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College has been accredited as a recognised teaching institution (RTI) of the MCD University of Divinity!
This is a wonderful achievement for our Theological College which was established through Papal Decree number 21/29 just under 11 years ago and is the culmination of several years of hard work by many dedicated individuals.
Through the tireless work of the SACOTC Academic Board and Council, SACOTC embarked on a journey of nearly four years to achieve this endorsement, and realise the aspirations of the College community to become a recognised teaching institution of the MCD University of Divinity.
This recognition means SACOTC is officially the first Coptic Orthodox Theological College to be accredited in the modern world! More importantly, we have been accredited through an organisation who just recently in their own right were approved to become the first 'Specialist University' in Australia!
To be recognised as one of the member teaching institution of the MCD University of Divinity will add significant credibility to SACOTC, giving our awards wide recognition and allowing our students to go on and do further theological studies to obtain Masters and PhD's if they wish.
The MCD is an old and very well respected academic teaching body, having celebrated its centenary in 2010. Since its inception, it has been committed to providing Theological education, and represents the standard by which theological education in Australia is judged.
In its own right, SACOTC is an important Orthodox Theological institution that is dedicated to promoting the traditions of the Coptic Orthodox School of Alexandria and in many ways is unique to Australia.
SACOTC has much to offer in the field of theological education in Australia, and this official recognition now allows us to offer interested students the opportunity to study and appreciate theology from a Coptic Orthodox point of view and undertake units of study that are unique in their rich Christian heritage. SACOTC is blessed to have an extremely well qualified and dedicated faculty, who have inspired their students through their own example, and instilled in them a love for learning about theology and divinity.
We are thrilled about this very significant achievement, as this marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for SACOTC. We will begin by offering a Diploma in Theology in 2012, online courses in 2013 and in the future expand to offer higher awards such as Bachelors, Masters and even PhD's God willing.
Our newly accredited Diploma in Theology will begin on February 27th, 2012 with God's grace. Semester 1 timetable, and dates for the Open Day and Orientation day will be published in Epsajee in the coming weeks.