Organization

Organization

A quality institution

The Evangelische Theologische Faculteit is a non-profit organization and is by law organized as such. This means we have two administrative bodies: the General Assembly and the Board of Trustees. The Executive Administration is responsible for the daily operation.

Student participation in administrative matters is very important at ETF Leuven. The last audit on student participation summarized this as follows:

“Within the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven… there is a strong belief in the principle of student participation and this is actively implemented in practice… ETF Leuven deliberately opts for the co-management model and involves students in policy-making and its implementation across all levels of the institution.”

Recognition

The programs at ETF Leuven are recognized by the Flemish Community, which has authority over almost all aspects of education policy on Flemish territory within Belgium. As a statutory registered institution for higher education, the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven can grant bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the field of religious studies and theology (Higher Education Code, art. II.105).

The educational programs at ETF Leuven are accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). All information about the recognition and accreditation of our programs can be found in the Flemish higher education register.

The last educational assessment of the BA and MA courses took place on February 27-28, 2023. The report and evaluation can be found here. In its conclusion, the assessment panel believes that:

“The programs are based on a clear profile derived from their Protestant-evangelical identity, with significant emphasis on the study of theology, supplemented with a focus on religious studies. The programs offer high-quality, research-based education, fulfilling their academic mission. Moreover, the core values of the programs are well chosen according to the panel, as they address the academic, but also social and religious needs of students.”

Quality assurance

At ETF Leuven, we practice quality assurance with each other and for each other. In order to work purposefully and efficiently as an organization, and to continuously monitor the complex processes within Higher Education, ETF Leuven implements a quality assurance system. It is partly inspired by the model of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).

ETF Leuven involves all relevant stakeholders in monitoring quality. This of course includes our students and staff, as well as our alumni, peers from other academic institutions, the professional field and (future) employers. The quality control manual monitors the organization as a whole and education in particular, enabling efficient resource allocation through a wide range of measurement tools.

Diversity is a core concept in daily life at ETF Leuven and in our research, education and services. ETF Leuven is a very international organization and, as an interdenominational institution, brings together people from various Christian backgrounds. To strengthen gender balance, particularly among academic staff, an action plan is in place, building upon the VLIHR-JA Charter Gender in Academia (2019).

Inappropriate behavior

Ensuring a safe environment for students, staff, residents, and visitors is an important policy priority at ETF Leuven. For our policy regarding transgressive behavior, we adhere to  the guidelines for Flemish universities that have been tightened in 2023. For inquiries or complaints regarding inappropriate behavior, you can always contact one of the two internal confidential counselors: Anne-Catherine Pardon and Andre Le Roux.

New Master of Teaching Program at ETF Leuven

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Starting September 2021 ETF will offer a new Master's Degree program: the Master of Teaching in Religion.

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