ABOUT US


The common aim of our university is to train our students in academic philosophy, theology and especially religious studies.

Therefore, we want to dedicate ourselves to carry out this goal through scientific religious research.
In addition, we provide services and training for religious organizations.

The qualification 'scientific' refers to the attitude and working method of a researcher who, through a critical approach to the subject matter, taking into account all available data (including source languages/texts) and in discussion with earlier or different types of research results, tries to develop a balanced and innovative vision concerning a clearly defined issue in an independent manner.

Continuous research is also an important part of our mission and vision.

In taking texts and other data seriously and approaching them as openly and honestly as possible, it helps us also, to understand the holyness of the creation.

 

Our religious university is guided by a vision of a world, where people of different faith cooperate effectively for peace and human development.

 

COMMITMENT TO THE VALUES AS SPECIFIED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITIES (IAU)


Therefore, we fully endorse the commitment of IAU to uphold and advance the core academic values that the Association considers to be the defining features of universities and all other higher education institutions whose primary goal it is to pursue and disseminate knowledge.   

Included among the core and enduring academic values, identified in the IAU Constitution as underpinning and defining the role of higher education institutions, are the following:

•    academic freedom in the dissemination, creation and pursuit of knowledge;
•    institutional autonomy balanced by social responsibility and responsiveness;
•    excellence and merit as the standard measure of performance;
•    opposition to all forms of discrimination based on gender, race, religion or ethnicity;
•    respect for divergent opinion;
•    promotion and development of intercultural dialogue and learning;
•    freedom of academic mobility and enhancement of the internationalization of knowledge; 

     and promotion of human rights, justice, freedom, human dignity and solidarity. 

IAU believes that higher education and research institutions, as places of ‘light, liberty and learning’ must play a major role in society and work to create global communities of shared knowledge.  This imperative is of utmost importance today, when the planet has become globalised and when rapid and profound changes are, in large measure, driven by advances in science, technology and knowledge.   

https://www.iau-aiu.net/

OUR SPECIAL STRUCTURE


BASED ON THE CAMBRIDGE CONFEDERATION MODEL

In the face of global crises and new challenges, such as COVID and the war in Ukraine, various institutions of higher religious education have decided to bundle up resources and strengthen cooperation.
Also to improve costs and structures through synergy effects.

A merger and thus self-abandonment was not desired, particularly because of the different religious views and believes.

 

Therefore another, democratic solution had to be found, somewhat analogous to the USA and its federal structure with strong states.

After much preparation, it was unanimously agreed to take the structure of the University of Cambridge.

Like Cambridge, FUSTH University is a confederation of Schools, Faculties, Departments and Colleges.

The Colleges are governed by their own statutes and regulations, but are integral to the make-up of the University.

All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities.

 

As well as being a member of the University and of an academic Faculty/Department, our students also belong to an autonomous College, an arrangement that offers pastoral and academic support for each individual.

Each
autonomous College has its own internal procedures.

They select their own students, subject to University regulations, and most admit both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

College representatives sit on the University Council and Finance Committee.

 

If you want to know more about this model, see:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/about-the-university/how-the-university-and-colleges-work

LEGAL STATUS


Florida University of Science and Theology is registered as a non-profit entity in California and

based in Miami, Florida.

 

Our mission as a religious and educational non-profit institution is to give as many people as possible access to education, especially in philosophical and religious studies.