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    In order to give as many people as possible from our member churches the chance to go to university and use their knowledge for the development of their churches, we instituted a scholarship program.

UEM's scholarship program

The qualification of specialists in our member churches is the focus of the UEM scholarship program. After the needs of the members have been identified, candidates are specifically selected in order to contribute to the further development of our member churches with a degree and higher qualifications.

Not only in the field of theology, but also in other fields, qualified employees are urgently needed. Accordingly, last year's support was distributed as follows among the various subject areas: UEM was able to support a total of 91 students with a scholarship in 2019, 42 of whom were women and 49 men.

Equal opportunities

In order to ensure a balanced gender ratio in the scholarship program, women and younger candidates are given preference in the award of scholarships. In addition, when selecting candidates, special attention is given to the purpose of the program and the future position of the scholarship holders in their member churches.

Inclusion

The promotion of people with special abilities is close to our heart. Often it is people with increased need for support who, with a scholarship from UEM, acquire a higher qualification to work later as teachers or lecturers in church institutions for people with disabilities.

Intercultural academic network

As a communion of churches in three continents, we promote interregional student exchange. For example, the study group of theology students in Dumaguete, Philippines, offers an intercultural exchange of theological approaches. Students in the fields of medicine, agricultural sciences and church music also benefit from the exchange of experience and knowledge from other cultures.

Multiplier effect

After completing their studies, the fully trained specialists work in their own churches as lecturers at various universities, as church musicians, as educational specialists in schools or as medical specialists in clinics and hospitals as well as in the administrative sector. As multipliers, the alumni contribute to the sustainable development of the member churches and open their eyes to an intercultural understanding of mission.

Last year, 25 students successfully completed their studies with a scholarship from UEM.

Some examples

Pastor Claodius Budhianto (GKJTU) completed a short course of study at the Agricultural University in Tzukonokizawa in 2018. With his newly acquired knowledge and skills, the Superintendent will be able to meet the members of his church in the predominantly agricultural region on an equal footing and, as a multiplier, teach other pastors about sustainable agriculture.

Dr. Vicky Sasapu (CBCA) completed an additional medical qualification as an ENT physician at the Centre National Hospitalier in Cotonou (Benin) from 2013 to 2018 and now heads the ENT department of the ecclesiastical Virunga Clinic in Goma, Eastern Congo.

Pascal Ekolongo (CDCC) completed a Master's degree in Health Management at the Institut Supérieur des Techniques Médicales in Mbandaka (DR Congo) from 2016 to 2018. He is now working as a coordinator in the health sector of his church, CADELU, in Western Congo.

Oinike Harefa completed a Master's degree in Mission Theology at Silliman University in Dumaguete (Philippines) from 2016 to 2018. Today she works in the ecumenical department of her church (BNKP) on Nias.

Contact

Photo: Studio Kepper/UEM
Rev. Dr. Andar Parlindungan
Exec.- Sec. Training & Empowerment, board member
Rudolfstraße 137
42285 Wuppertal
parlindungan-a@vemission.org
+49 202 89004-382
Photo: A. Jäger/UEM
Claudia Schletter
Administrative Assistant Scholarships
Rudolfstr. 137
42285 Wuppertal
schletter-c@vemission.org
+49-202-89004-386
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