Enhanced Collaboration with Hapdong Theological Seminary

Posted: 1 May 2019

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The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Theological University of Apeldoorn and at the same time the signing of a renewed partnership agreement with Refo500 as coordinator for Refo500 Asia was a meaningful event for Hapdong Theological Seminary and its partners.

The Memorandum of Understanding and the agreement were signed by Prof. Chang Kyoon Jung, president of Hapdong Theological Seminary (HTS) and Prof. Herman J. Selderhuis, president of the Theological University of Apeldoorn and director of Refo500.

President Jung: “With these agreements, HTS has an opportunity to contribute to the study and spread of reformed theology and faith on an international level. By serving as coordinator for Refo500 Asia, HTS can lead the study and spread of reformed theology in Asia. The academic level of HTS has already been recognized by our RefoRC Membership. This makes us proud and willing to take on these high-level responsibilities.” For President Jung the signing ceremony marks  the beginning of enhanced cooperation.

For Refo500 Hapdong Theological Seminary is the new coordinator for Refo500 Asia, after almost nine year of coordinatorship by  Chongshin University in Seoul. Karla Boersma, director of operations, emphasized to be thankful for this event, since it opens up opportunities to work with the reformation principles and the values of the reformation in the Asian countries.

Also for the Theological University of Apeldoorn the signing is a further step towards closer collaboration, after the earlier connection via the Puritan Research Center. There was already an agreement with Apeldoorn through both Puritan Research Centres, which the TUA has together with third party PRTS, and now the contract has been extended and strengthened with the MOU. Selderhuis warmly invited students of Hapdong Theological Seminary to consider a master or PhD position in Apeldoorn, using the English language graduate program.

The signing ceremony took place during a special conference celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Canons of Dordt. Contributors to the conference are Prof. Sang Hyuck Ahn, Prof. Namkyu Lee, Prof. Byoung Hoon Kim, Prof. Ji Won Do, and Prof. Herman Selderhuis. More than 300 students and pastors attended the conference.

Images: Sol Kim

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