Accreditation Project

The Board of Trustees registered as „Trägerverein Campus Danubia” is working towards achieving accreditation as a private university. 

Key Data on the Planned Private University

Name of the Prospective Private University

Campus Danubia – Privatuniversität für Kirche und Gesellschaft (PKG)

Name of the legal entity

Trägerverein Campus Danubia

Profile and Purpose

The PKG sees itself as an academic institution, whose basis is the historic Christian faith with the goal of serving churches and society in Austria and adjacent countries by advancing the tradition of theological and social thought inspired by the Reformation and revivalism. The PKG covers the traditional canon of Protestant theology and has established a department for each of the individual disciplines: Old Testament Theology, New Testament Theology, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology. The PKG is committed to a methodical and systematic pursuit of knowledge and to independent and unbiased scholarship in    its teaching and research functions.

Organization

The legal entity for the private university is a Board of Trustees named “Trägerverein Campus Danubia”. The Board of Directors of the PKG is headed by the president. The university council consists of seven members.  The head of each department is a university professor. The senate is comprised of the department heads, the dean of the faculty, three representatives of the PKG's academic personal, two representatives of the PKG's non-academic personal, three representatives of the student body, the head of administration, the equal opportunities representative and the executive director.

Degree Programs

The PKG will begin with two bachelor`s degree programs and one master`s degree program which builds on the bachelor`s programs. All three degree programs are theological courses of study:

a) Bachelor inTheology (BTh)

b) Bachelor inTheology with an emphasis on spirituality and
    pastoral care (BA)

c) Master inTheology (MTh)

For both bachelor`s programs the length of study is six semesters (a total of 180 ECTS) and for the master’s degree four semesters (a total of 120 ECTS). The curricula are designed to help students develop their faculties of independent thought and to situate themselves within the diversity of historical and present theological schools of thought.  Knowledge and practice of research standards will give students the option of continuing on in an academic career.

Advisory and Support Offerings for Students

The PKG offers academic, subject-specific and organizational support for students. The PKG not only supports students and their academic advancement, but also refers them to the right offers of counselling and support, if necessary. The PKG is structured to include students in all study-related legal matters and to deal with any student complaints or appeals.

Research and Development

The PKG regards itself as a place for scientific research and research-oriented teaching in the tradition of Evangelical Christianity. The individual research emphasis and expertise of the full-time faculty serve each of the departments. It is the responsibility of the department heads to develop research and teaching in their respective fields of research.

Planned Department Heads

Five full-time positions for university professors and two full-time positions for assistant professors are planned. Each department has at least one habilitated or equivalently qualified person in oversight of research and teaching. Thus, a very favourable supervision ratio, both for the start-up phase and for long-term operations can be guaranteed.

These are the university professors in the start-up phase:

a) Heiko Wenzel Ph.D.: Department of Old Testament Theology

b) Prof. Dr. habil. Hanna Stettler: Department of New Testament
    Theology

c) Dr. Frank Hinkelmann MTh: Department of Historical Theology

d) Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Bernd Wannenwetsch MA: Department of
    Systematic Theology

e) Prof. Dr. habil. Peter Zimmerling: Department of Practical Theology

f) Prof. Dr. Volker Kessler D.Th.: Department of Practical Theology

Die PKG is organized for further integration of associate teaching staff. The personnel concept of the administrative area aims at relieving the academic staff for research and teaching.

Financing

The PKG is financed by tuition fees, rental income, other income and donations received. Financial supporters of the PKG may not influence the research and teaching functions of the PKG.

Infrastructure

The „Trägerverein Campus Danubia“ owns the campus adjacent to Hauptbahnhof Wien (Vienna’s main railway station), where research and teaching will primarily take place.   Measures have been taken to insure the possibility of an extension on the premises, if necessary.

Cooperations

Declaration of intent for co-operation have been made with the following university institutions:

a) Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel

b) „Aurel Vlaicu“ University of Arad

c) Matej-Bel-Universität Banská Bystrica

Additionally various cooperations on institutes level could be reached by virtue of respective networks of our heads of department.

Quality Management

The PKG strives for constant improvement of quality assurance in core areas of the university. The implementation of the quality management system is based on an institutionalized quality control loop, including all levels of the PKG and implementing options for optimization of the PKG´s mission and goals. The PKG has set up structures and procedures to guarantee that the rules of good scientific practice are being ensured.

Information

Transparency with our employees, students and all interested parties is an essential quality characteristic of the PKG. Statutes, curricula, study and examination regulations, samples of training agreements and a diagram of our quality management will be available on our website www.campus-danubia.at upon accreditation.

 

Vision

Hope meets Future
Campus Danubia - 
Research and Teaching for Church and Society

postal address

Karl-Popper-Straße 16, 1100 Wien

 

Location

Gerhard-Bronner-Straße 1, 1100 Wien

Contact

Campus Danubia
kontakt@campus-danubia.at
+43-(0)/812 38 60