2014 College Handbook

The 2014 College Handbook has been uploaded. The Academic Calendar page has also been changed to reflect the Academic Year 2014.

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Search for teaching faculty continues

While the application period for the position in Old Testament Studies has closed, the search for the position in ethics & theology has been extended. Please see the Vacancies page.

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Programme directors sought: PTCEE, IRSA

We are searching for a Director of PTCEE and a Co-Director for IRSA. Please see the Vacancies page for details.

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Teaching faculty members sought for Old Testament and for Theology & Ethics

We are looking for teaching faculty members in Old Testament as well as for Theology & Ethics. Please refer to the Vacancies page for details.

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Workshops on globalisation and on contextual bible study

Two workshops are being held at the Jovili Meo Mission Centre at PTC in late August and early September: one on globalisation as a test case for social analysis, and another on contextual Bible study for community transformation. Both are part of the Undergraduate Certificate programme of PTC. Participants are from the Pacific Island region.

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Oceania Biblical Studies Association: 2013 Conference at PTC (1-3 August)

PTC is proud to host to the 2013 conference of the Oceania Biblical Studies Assocation (OBSA) from the 1st to the 3rd August 2013. The event will take place at the Jovili Meo Mission Centre (JMMC) of PTC.

The programme begins on Thursday (1 August) at 4pm (registration), with a welcome feast at 6pm. Proceedings will continue all day Friday and Saturday, and the programme concludes with dinner on Saturday evening (3 August).

We hope to attract partipants from within Fiji as well as from other Pacific Island churches / institutions and beyond.

You may find the following documents helfpul (also available at the OBSA website):

To contact the local organising committee in case of questions, please write or phone Dr Holger Szesnat.

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Face-to-Face at PTC: a CWM-sponsored encounter programme

Starting on Monday, 8 August 2013, PTC will once again host about a dozen international theological students for a ‘Face-to-Face’ programme run by the God’s Pacific People programme on behalf of the Council for World Mission. The course takes seven weeks, and will immerse the participants in different contexts in Fiji, coupled with periods of intense theological reflection.

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Peacebuilding workshop (2013)

The 2013 Peacebuilding workshop is currently being run at the Jovili Meo Mission Centre (10 – 28 June). This is the third time this three-week training event takes place. Participants from all over the Pacific learn and practice the theory and practice of conflict analysis, trauma healing, and conflict resolution. Participants may attend for non-credit purposes, as part of their professional development, or for credit towards an Undergraduate Certificate. The event is run by the God’s Pacific People Programme.

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New Book launched by IRSA: Voices of the People

Book cover - thumbnail pictureThe launch of the book, “Voices of the People – Perceptions and Preconditions for Democratic Development in Fiji”, took place on 20 February 2013 in the Civic Centre in Suva. The presence of about 300 people including representatives from different government ministries, heads of churches, academics, representatives of businesses, diplomats, representatives of a variety of Civil Society Organisations and citizens of different age groups from all walks of life showed that there is a great public interest in the issues the study deals with. With former Vice President Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi as the chief guest the launch itself was framed by a powerful cultural performance by “Rako” – a well known cultural performance group from Fiji. In a symbolic act co-author Aisake Casimira presented copies to the head boys and girls of three Suva based Secondary Schools who will be voting for the first time in 2014.

Book launch - Roko

Performance of ‘Roko’ at the book launch

The book presents on 228 pages the results of a research project undertaken by the Pacific Theological College’s Institute for Research and Social Analysis (IRSA) between May 2011 – October 2012 conducted through 41 focus group discussions involving 330 participants, and conducting 82 in-depth interviews, on the issues decision-making, leadership, citizenship, the rule of law, and democracy in order to understand what the people of Fiji think of, and what their vision is, for good governance – in the form of democracy, or otherwise.

The study, which is co-authored by Volker Boege (University of Brisbane), Aisake Casimira (Pacific Conference of Churches), Manfred Ernst (IRSA-PTC), and Felicity Szesnat (University of Essex, UK), recognises that, if proposals for democratic reforms are to be made, the people of Fiji need to articulate and develop a form of democratic governance that is appropriate and suitable to local traditional and political conditions, while still being mindful of the fundamental ideals and values of democracy.

In his Vote of Thanks the Director of the Institute for Research and Social Analysis, Dr Manfred Ernst stated: “One cannot plan it, but it just happened that I feel that our publication comes at the right time…From the beginning of the project until today we have been very much aware that the government could have stopped us at any time. We are grateful that we have been able to carry out the project independently without interference from anyone.”

Copies of the book may be purchased via the USP Book Centre (http://uspbookcentre.com).

You may also wish to download the document electronically (PDF), free of charge. Copyright is held by the Institute for Research and Social Analysis of the Pacific Theological College, and distribution of the PDF document or printing therefrom for commercial purposes is prohibited. However, use of the PDF document for private, educational purposes is permissible.

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New MTh and PgDipl curriculum

Starting with the academic year 2012, the redesigned MTh and PgDipl programmes will come into operation.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Theological Studies (PgDipl) is now a programme in its own right to which students may apply, or to which they may be referred if their previous studies do not qualify them to enter the MTh programme. The PgDipl programme is available in residence only, and takes one year to complete full-time. It may be taken part-time as well.

The Master of Theology programme will continue as a two-year full time programme in residence, and it may be taken part-time as well.

Neither of these programmes is available per distance: PTCEE, our distance education wing, of course offers the Certificate and Diploma in Theological Studies, and continues to focus on making the BD degree programme fully accessible by distance.

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