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International Diaconic Management

The students of the fourth master course "International Diaconic Management" doing their field research within the scope of the fourth study module in Tanzania. (Photo: Godwin Ampony/UEM)

The fourth out of six modules of the International Master's Programme in Diaconic Management (IMADM) has just been launched in Tanzania.

The current module of the fourth study course began with a week-long field research on contextual diaconia in the North-Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) on "Challenges of Diaconal Institutions". Some of these institutions were founded by German missionaries and have been in existence for over 100 years. The students learned how diaconia is perceived and implemented in the local congregations of rural and remote areas, for example in the Lutindi Hospital founded in 1896 on the heights of the Usambara Mountains. This hospital is the first psychiatric clinic in East Africa. The Rainbow School for mentally handicapped and autistic children forms the basis of existence for children and young people with disabilities in the Usambara Mountains and strengthens them.

In the course of the further development of the course of studies, the Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU), which housed the first three courses on its own campus, will be joined by the Tumaini University Dar Salaam College (TUDARCo) as the second university cooperation partner for the current course of studies in Tanzania. This brings the total number of participating universities to six.

The deputy bishop and the general secretary of the Eastern Coastal Diocese of the ELCT, the representative of the Institute for Diaconic Management (IDM) in Bethel/Wuppertal under the direction of Dr Dennis Solon and the Department for International Diaconia of the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) under the direction of Rev. Matthias Börner took part in the official opening ceremony. IDM is the academically responsible partner of UEM for the implementation of the international study programme.

The lectures take place on the TUDARCo campus. Dr Bright Mawudor, Deputy Secretary General for Finance and Administration at the All African Conference of Churches (AACC) in Nairobi (Kenya), is one of the central professors of this module. Among the lecturers are for example Prof. Thorsten Moos from IDM, Mrs. Angelika Veddeler, member of the board of UEM and other professors of TUDARCo like Prof. Andrew Mole, deputy head of TUDARCo. The main topic of this fourth study module is "operational management and leadership".
For the next fifth module, the student caravan will move to Bielefeld-Bethel (Germany) in January 2020.

Godwin Ampony, Coordinator of International Diaconia of UEM in Bielefeld-Bethel

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