Newbold College to Undergo "Regeneration"
The Newbold College of Higher Education Board of Governors voted on February 10 to regenerate the college over the next 18 months.
The "regeneration model" calls for an estimated increase of 100 full-time equivalent students over the next two academic years. Bertil Wiklander, Trans-European Division (TED) president and board chair, recently announced the project to board members and staff.
"There will be no significant reduction in the total number of staff, operational costs and appropriations, but intentional staffing realignment for growth and effective marketing and recruitment efforts are needed to achieve ambitious targets," added Wiklander.
Newbold principal and Board secretary Phillip Brown said a key part of the initiative includes the establishment of a Centre for Christian Leadership. "The college will be working closely with the British Union (BUC) and South England Conference leadership teams to plan continuing professional development opportunities for pastors, elders, and other ministry leaders as well as training programs for lay members and young people who want to strengthen their skills to serve and support their church.” he said.
The college is also looking to expand its partnerships with union seminaries in Poland, Hungary, Croatia, and Serbia, and to offer field-based theology degrees in the Baltic region of Europe.
A new development this summer will be the introduction of a Certificate in Health and Wellness on the Newbold campus during mid-July and early August. Modules include: Health Principles, Fit for Life, Nutrition, Personal Fitness Plan, and Consumer Health.
"We are fortunate to have secured some of the best Adventist health and wellness educators internationally to deliver this program, including Dr Winston Craig, Dr. Jochen Hawlitschek, Dr. Fred Hardinge, Dominique Wakefield, and Dr. Per de Lange," said Brown. "These educators will be supported by well-known BUC medical professionals, including Dr Chidi Ngwaba and Dr Christopher Levy."
"The college is committed to continuing to refine its academic programs and short courses to deliver a more responsive and effective education for all stakeholders, with specific focus on ministerial education and training needs of TED's various fields which include the BUC," Brown concluded.
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