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  • International Study Courses

    Our international and interdisciplinary study courses enable our students to exercise leadership functions in diaconia and its institutions economically, ethically and competently.

International study course for diaconic management (MA)

Since 2011, the VEM, together with the Institute for Diaconal Studies and Diaconia Management at the Bielefeld university and in cooperation with universities in Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania and the Philippines, has been offering a 120 CP accredited programme. The English-language course of study teaches professional competence for teaching and leadership tasks in the diaconal field. The interdisciplinary structure of theology and economics, the close connection of practice and theory in changing intercultural contexts enables academically demanding as well as practice-oriented competencies: Management, business administration, personnel management and corporate ethics as well as theological foundations of deaconry and the history of deaconry are taught in five attendance modules. The individual modules take place at the universities of the cooperation partners in Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania and the Philippines.

Fifth Course 2021 - 2023 – Call for Applications closed

The following study blocks are planned: 

Section I - STT Jakarta, Indonesia: Oktober 2021 

Section II - Silliman University, Philippines: Januar/Februar 2021 

Section III - Stellenbosch University, South Africa: April/May 2022 

Section IV - Tumaini Dar es Saalam Collage, Tanzania: September 2022 

Section V - Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal-Bethel, Germany: Janaur/Februar 2023 

Exams and Graduation, Bielefeld-Bethel: September 2023

Application documents for the fifth course can be downloaded from the right-hand column.


Institut für Diakoniewissenschaft und DiakonieManagemnt (IDM), Theological University Bethel/Wuppertal,

STT Jakarta (Indonesia)

Silliman University (Philippines)

Theological University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)

TUDARCo (Tanzania)

10 years "International Master ofDiaconic Management 2011 - 2021"

International BA Study Course Diaconia & Social Work (in development)

International Degree Course in Diakonia and Social Work (BA) in Development

The course is developed jointly and participatively by experts and universities in Africa, Asia and Europe. An accreditation of the programme on all three continents is aimed for.  Curricula, modules, structures and concepts of bleded e-learning are developed in cooperation with universities in Africa, Asia and Europe through international conferences, study trips and international symposia. The BA Diakonia programme will offer a strong combination of practice and theory as well as a high internationality of students, study locations, lecturers and content. Studies are scheduled to begin in 2020. Application documents for the first study course are expected to be available for download on this page from August 2019.


EvH Bochum (Germany)

FHDD Bielefeld (Germany)

TUDARCo (Tanzania)

PUR Huya (Rwanda)

Sekolah Deaconess Balige (Indonesia)


Photo: Studio Kepper/UEM
Rev. Matthias Börner
Head of International Diaconia
Rudolfstr. 137
42285 Wuppertal
+49 0202 89004-524
Photo: R. Hedtmann/UEM
Rev. Godwin Ampony
Coordinator International Diaconia
Rudolfstr. 137
42285 Wuppertal
+49 0202 89004-526
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Rhoda Lynn Gregorio
Coordinator International Diaconia
Rudolfstr. 137
42285 Wuppertal
+49-0202 89004-525
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