Opening conference for the Christian Education Master’s course On 3 September 2018

On August 28 and August 29, all the lecturers involved in the Christian Education Master’s course came to Gouda. The conference marked the start of this new Master’s program in Christian Education at Driestar Christian University. The new Master’s course seeks to challenge students from the Netherlands and from abroad to think about Christian education.

Professor Bram de Muynck is very pleased to have international guest lecturers from all over the world involved. Professor David Smith from Calvin University in Grand Rapids and professor Trevor Cooling from Canterbury Christ Church University are well known for their work and thinking about Christian Education. We also have two guest lecturers from Slovakia, dr. Pavel Hanes and dr. Dana Hanescova, and one from South Korea‘s Handong Global University, professor John Choi, who contribute with their knowledge to this program.

The course has an inspiring program and many people are interested. One third of the student population is from abroad, coming from Burkina Faso, Brazil and the US. The Dutch students following this course all work in the field of education. Most work in primary and secondary education, and some in higher education.

The Master’s program is developed using the blended learning concept. This is a great combination of online education and on campus seminars. Students and the professors form a learning community and work closely, both together and when apart. The theme of the course is Christian education and how to improve and strengthen this education in the local situation. Driestar University and the designers of this program are pleased to see the start of this course. We are deeply thankful that God blessed all our efforts and we are able to start this new Master’s program in Christian Education.

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