Friedensau Adventist University

Introduction

Friedensau has been a place of education since 1899. On 19 November 1899 the institute that preceded the university, the “Industry and Mission School”, commenced operations with just seven pupils in very basic conditions. The school was housed in an old mill on the Ihle river, mentioned for the first time in 1306.

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The next ten years saw the construction of an ensemble of large teaching and residential buildings which still define the look of the campus today. A sanatorium, workshops and a food factory were also built, in line with the school’s holistic pedagogical model, providing both practical teaching and opportunities to earn money. Before World War I up to 250 people per year made use of the training opportunities offered.

During World War I the War Ministry set up a military hospital in the buildings. It was not until 1919 that training could be resumed, and expanded in subsequent years with new courses (home economics school, preparatory school for nursing, secondary-level courses in science and technology, business and childcare courses). In 1923 the name of the institution was changed to the “Friedensau Mission Seminary”. In 1930 the seminary received state accreditation from the administrative district officer of Magdeburg for its home economics and business courses.

The Nazi period brought many restrictions, culminating in the closing of the seminary in the Second World War. Again the teaching buildings were used for the care of sick and injured soldiers, first from the Wehrmacht, and from 1945 from the Soviet army.

Through the intercession of the Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt, Erhard Hübener, the Soviet military administration allowed the school to reopen in 1947. This made the Friedensau Seminary the first and only church training facility to be allowed to resume its teaching operations in the Soviet occupation zone.

During the GDR period, the SED (communist party) government allowed training of church employees only. As well as the training for pastors, there were one-year courses for deacons. In 1981 the high standards and quality of the training led to the new name, “Friedensau Theological Seminary”. Two years later the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventists accredited the seminary as a Senior College. From the 1980s students from other socialist states of Eastern Europe and Africa could be trained as pastors in Friedensau.

On 15 September 1990 the Theological Seminary became a state-accredited university following a decision by the Council of Ministers of the GDR. Later a School of Social Sciences was established alongside the School of Theology, which had offered Diplom and Master’s courses in theology since 1992.

Today the Friedensau Adventist University, as an academically-oriented, church-run university, awards university qualifications. Friedensau is an established place of scholarship and has research collaborations linking it with institutions in several continents.

Campus

he Friedensau campus differs from other university sites in many areas.

The campus is close to nature, and the facilities are within easy reach of one another, saving time and reducing stress. The proximity between students and teaching staff allows a space for mutual trust and a relaxed coexistence. Alongside the programmes of study there are numerous spiritual, cultural, artistic and sporting opportunities for an active extra-curricular life in Friedensau.

Mission statement

The mission of our university is to make a contribution in the areas of education and scholarship, for the church and society. As a free-church, Adventist institution we are aligned with reformatory tradition and innovative thinking. Our research and teaching are thus based on scientific methods, a fundamental openness towards unforeseen results, and responsibility towards God and humanity.

Profile

As a university with a special profile we concentrate on those disciplines which are concerned with service towards people. Our areas of focus are theology, social sciences, development cooperation and health sciences. We see ourselves as an international university, committed to interculturalism and equal opportunities, and carrying on a history of long-lasting relationships with countries in every continent.

Community

We are a campus university. This means that our teachers, employees and students form a trusting, tolerant, multicultural and cooperative community. We wish to give holistic support to all members of this community. Here equality between men and women is a basic fact, as is respect for other religions, world views and cultures. As a family-friendly university, we wish to create conditions which make it easier to reconcile study, profession and family. The spacious layout of the campus with its natural setting also contributes to this.

We undertake to teach students the fundamentals of the relevant field of scholarship, as well as dealing with current contributions to research. The objective of our teaching is to combine skills in research and in application, ensuring that our graduates always work to high standards and satisfy the demands of their areas of responsibility. We also offer further education and professional development, following the principle of lifelong learning. University teachers and students contribute to the scholarly discourse with publications. Our teaching and research, which form a single unit, are based on Christian ethics and have a holistic, interdisciplinary focus.

Society and spirituality

We are convinced that faith, education and lifestyle are inseparable. We strive to reflect, in our actions, a spirituality based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We therefore foster the personal development of identity by encouraging and enabling self-reflection. Our aim is also to provide a constructive and critical commentary on the development of the Church and society. This is our comprehensive understanding of our mission, and the way we as a university community seek to fulfil it.

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Master of Arts in International Social Sciences

Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2016 Germany Möckern

The Master of Arts in International Social Sciences (MA ISS) is an interdisciplinary study program that prepares students for a career in international social management. It allows students to specialise in professional career options such as professional employment as experts in international social management, development cooperation, disaster response and humanitarian aid, planning, management and... [+]

Master of Arts in International Social Sciences The Master of Arts in International Social Sciences (MA ISS) is an interdisciplinary study program that prepares students for a career in international social management. It allows students to specialise in professional career options such as professional employment as experts in international social management, development cooperation, disaster response and humanitarian aid, planning, management and evaluation of sustainable development projects, working with the rights based approach in the United Nations human rights system, managing anti-poverty programs with civil society organizations, engagement in non-violent conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, and active participation in various areas of Global Governance. Friedensau Adventist University is actively involved in research projects in developing countries benefiting poor and disadvantaged population segments. It cooperates with international academic institutions, state governments, United Nation agencies and civil society actors for holistic and sustainable development, upholding human and minority rights, social justice, peace and reconciliation. International job placements for graduates may be found from a pool of cooperating agencies. A low student-professor ratio facilitates a close working relationship between faculty and students and ensures individual attention and support in specific research interests. Self-managed student associations facilitate participation and integration within the university campus. Contents Introduction to International Social Management Theories of development Scientific methods and research approaches (Part I and II) Complex qualitative social research Complex quantitative social research Special social research Poverty analysis and poverty alleviation Human rights in social work, development cooperation and humanitarian aid Comparative religion and development politics International and comparative studies of applied social science International and comparative education Globalization and global governance Gender and social development Social security systems in developing, take-off and transformation countries International peace and conflict research Participatory planning, management and evaluation of development projects Theories and practical relevance of related sciences in development cooperation Approaches and models to resolve social problems in developing countries Macro and microeconomic factors of development, micro credit projects Disaster response and humanitarian aid Tropical medicine Practical training Research oriented Master thesis Structure The standard period of study is 4 semesters. It can be extended by up to 2 semesters upon application. The programme has a modular structure. A module consists of several courses which are grouped in a thematic block. The modules generally take up one semester or one year of study. The certificates of achievement from the individual units are the basis for the module grade, which is awarded as an overall grade. Credits are assigned to the successfully completed modules according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The modules and their performance grades are thus recognized throughout Europe, making it easier to change one’s place of study. Transfer to an overseas institution is also possible. Prerequisites For all applicants, the prerequisite for the programme is a Bachelors degree in social science, related fields or an equivalent. All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a result of at least 550 (PBT = paper-based test) or 213 (CBT = computer-based test) or 79 (iBT = internet-based test) points or another comparable performance, such as the IELTS (6.0) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade B). Applicants who received their B.A. degree in an English-language study program are exempt. Period of study The Master of Arts in International Social Sciences (MA ISS) is a non-consecutive study programme over 4 semesters (120 credits). It includes a practical training session of 8 weeks. Admission Application packs for admission to a programme of study can be requested from the Admissions Office/International Office. The application for admission should be sent to the Admissions Office or International Office. In addition to the application for admission, the following documents must be submitted in full by the deadline: certified photocopies of the original certificates showing school-leaving qualifications and any periods of study information on how the programme of study will be financed curriculum vitae a photo (Periods of study should be documented as precisely as possible with relevant evidence, e.g. transcript etc. Please do not send original certificates! The documents remain in the possession of the university. Official translations of all foreign-language documents must be in German, except in the case of English or French documents.) An application for admission can only be processed by the university when the necessary documents have been received in full. Hence the admissions procedure can only consider those applications for which the necessary documents have been submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Deadlines The deadline for submission of the application for admission is: for German applicants, 20 September (for October start), for foreign applicants, 31 May (for October start). Applications for admission which arrive after this deadline cannot be considered. Notice of admission The applications for admission to study are processed by the Admissions Office/International Office. The decision regarding admission is taken under consideration of the university places available, the level of qualification, and the evidence of funding for the programme. If all necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, the applicant will receive written notification of admission. The confirmation of admission for foreign applicants will only be sent once the deposit has been paid. [-]

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Friedensau Adventist University
An der Ihle 19

Möckern-Friedensau, D-39291 DE
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Friedensau Adventist University
An der Ihle 19

Möckern, Saxony Anhalt, D-39291 DE