Memorandum of Understanding with Evangelical University

Partnership initiated by Liebenzell Mission

BAD LIEBENZELL/NDOLA. It was in Sep­tem­ber, 2016, when Dr. Lazarus Phiri, Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Evan­gel­i­cal Uni­ver­si­ty in Ndola, Zam­bia, vis­it­ed IHL in order to speak dur­ing the Sep­tem­ber School on Con­tem­po­rary Issues in World Mis­sion. Lazarus Phiri has been con­nect­ed to IHL and more so its trustee agency for years. In fact, Lieben­zell Mis­sion field work­er Mar­git Schwemm­le has been on his staff as dean of aca­d­e­m­ic affairs in Ndola. Thus, it became inevitable at some point to dis­cuss a for­mal part­ner­ship between the two high­er edu­ca­tion institutions.

On Novem­ber 29, 2017, IHL Rec­tor Prof. Dr. Volk­er Gäck­le signed the offi­cial mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing which focus­es on stu­dent and fac­ul­ty mobil­i­ty as well as on research through the Lieben­zell Insti­tute for Mis­si­o­log­i­cal, Reli­gious, Inter­cul­tur­al & Social Stud­ies (LIMRIS). Dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny, Volk­er Gäck­le expressed his joy about this part­ner­ship: “Today, IHL stepped into the glob­al South where our trustee agency has been at for a long time already. I hope that our stu­dents and fac­ul­ty will ben­e­fit from each oth­er. In this regard, I am also glad that the foun­da­tion Baden-Würt­tem­berg-Stiftung has con­sid­ered us for their new BWS REK pro­gram allow­ing us to use grant mon­ey for incom­ing and out­go­ing stu­dents from and to this new partner.”

Mar­tin Auch, direc­tor of mis­sions at the Lieben­zell Mis­sion, also showed glad­ness about the sign­ing of the MoU: “We are hap­py that IHL and the Evan­gel­i­cal Uni­ver­si­ty have agreed on the mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing which also includes that our exter­nal field work­ers will help out­go­ings and incom­ings pre­pare for their stay in Zam­bia or Ger­many. For the first time, this also is a part­ner­ship between our mis­sion­ary teams and our aca­d­e­mics. This is the future of missions!”

On Feb­ru­ary 9, 2018, Mar­tin Kocher, direc­tor of the glob­al South at the Lieben­zell Mis­sion, took part in the sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny of the mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing at the Evan­gel­i­cal Uni­ver­si­ty in Ndola. It was a fes­tive pro­ce­dure with Dr. Lazarus Phiri and Mar­git Schwemmle.

Three IHL stu­dents have already applied to Evan­gel­i­cal uni­ver­si­ty for a study abroad semes­ter. Tama­ra Geis­er, IHL under­grad­u­ate stu­dent of Theology/Social Work in an inter­cul­tur­al con­text, even wants to stay for one full year as she aims to spend one semes­ter at Evan­gel­i­cal Uni­ver­si­ty and do an intern­ship semes­ter with Lieben­zell Mis­sion field work­ers with kids in Ndola.

Inter­na­tionale Hochschule Lieben­zell was estab­lished in 2011, is rec­og­nized by the State of Baden-Würt­tem­berg, and accred­it­ed with the Ger­man Coun­cil of Sci­ence and the Human­i­ties. Its slo­gan is “Study­ing with a world­wide horizon.”



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