Strengthening the future of Stirling College – an update

Nov 22, 2022 | News

In September we updated our community about some exciting moves underway to strengthen the future of Stirling College and its capacity to serve current and future students. I am now pleased to be in touch with you to provide some more information.

As you may know, we outlined in September the constructive discussions underway with Australian College of Ministry (ACOM) about a possible shared future. Those discussions continue. We are keeping students,  staff and our broader community updated and hope to have some extremely positive news to share very soon.

Our work to explore new partnerships and alliances is all about ensuring that Stirling College remains one of the best places to study and work. We want to put the college in the strongest position possible to deliver our mission of creating a transformative educational community, empowering people to serve Jesus, churches, and society.

As part of this goal, today I want to let you know about another development.

Following a period of amicable and constructive discussion, yesterday, 21st November, we officially advised our partner, the University of Divinity, that we will not be renewing our formal Collegiate Agreement.

We leave with a sense of profound gratitude for all of the rich history and benefits that the partnership has bestowed on our college and its students. At the same time, we know that the future for the two organisations lies in different directions.

As we depart from our formal relationship with the University of Divinity, our priority is ensuring that students continue to have access to the highest quality education.

I will have more information to share shortly on the well-advanced work to transition to a new accrediting body, the Sydney College of Divinity. The Sydney College of Divinity is a leading theological education institution. This partnership will enable Stirling to continue to provide high-quality, accredited courses in theology, counselling and related disciplines, from undergraduate to postgraduate levels, including research degrees.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us via the dedicated enquiry email talktous@stirling.edu.au.

Blessings,
Stephen Sutton
Interim Principal, Stirling College

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