Alphacrucis College recognized as Australia’s first Pentecostal university college
January 31, 2022 12:09 PM
Alphacrucis College has been registered by the national tertiary accreditation body, TEQSA, as a university college. Alphacrucis, the Australian Christian Churches denomination’s training college, has been on a growth trajectory, expanding its teaching and research capacity in areas such as education and business.
The decision makes Alphacrucis College the fourth university college in Australia, the first Pentecostal higher education institution of this level in Australian history and the only Pentecostal institution in university-affiliated categories in the Asia region. -Peaceful.
The Anglican Moore Theological College, alongside NIDA, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and AFTRS, the Australian Film Television and Radio School were the first tranche of institutions to achieve the new University status College last year. Avondale, the Seventh-day Adventist college, was promoted to full university status at the same time.
TEQSA reformed the higher education institution categories last year with the addition of a new University College category.
Alphacrucis has now joined its ranks. Alphacrucis College President Professor Stephen Fogarty sees it as the realization of a vision that began more than 70 years ago.
“Alphacrucis began as a small Bible college in 1948 to serve in the training of Pentecostal ministers. Since then it has become the largest Protestant tertiary supplier in the country. We deeply appreciate the review of our application by TEQSA, which determined that we met the required standards and deserved this honor. We are delighted to bring new energy, ideas and leadership to the Australian higher education sector at this important time. »
Alphacrucis retains the ambition to achieve full university status. “Even with this significant achievement, Alphacrucis has no intention of slowing down,” Fogarty says. “Our vision is to ultimately be a global Christian university, transforming neighborhoods and nations. This move brings us one step closer to that goal.
In a statement, the TEQSA Commission states that it “made this decision to recognize Alphacrucis after the presentation of new evidence, following a previous decision by TEQSA in July 2021, which convinced the national education regulator higher than Alphacrucis College meets the standards for registration as a University College.”
TEQSA chief commissioner Peter Coaldrake said registration as a university college was only granted to institutions that provide top quality higher education.
“TEQSA congratulates Alphacrucis College on achieving registration as a University College,” said Professor Coaldrake.
“In making our decision, TEQSA noted a number of the college’s strengths, including its demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching and learning and its strong engagement with industry and the community.”
Alphacrucis College currently has approximately 4,000 students enrolled across Australia in VET certificates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in business, education and theology. The main campus is in Parramatta NSW, with additional campuses in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Auckland. It is closely linked to industry and community and is home to six research centres: the Australasian Pentecostal Studies Center (APSC), the Center for the Future of Schooling (CFS); the Learning and Scholarship Center (CLASS); the Jagelman Institute (JI); the Center for Intercultural Research and Engagement (CIRE); and the Center for Korean Diaspora Studies.
Alphacrucis’ Pentecostal base gives it a largely untapped body of potential students. “This new recognition as a university college not only provides opportunities for national partnerships in schools, industry and vocational training, but also opens the door to international business,” Fogarty said. “There are 125 million Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians in Asia-Pacific alone, without Pentecostal universities. We hope this new category will help Australian faith-based higher education institutions engage in new educational markets within our regional environment.