MCD University of Divinity
|Melbourne College of Divinity|
|Motto||Qui est ex Deo verba Dei audit
("The one who is from God hears the words of God"--John 8:47)
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
It is an ecumenical consortium of a number of theological colleges from a number of denominations. Its offices are located in Kew, Victoria. MCD University of Divinity is affiliated with the University of Melbourne.
The college was constituted by a 1910 Act of the Parliament of Victoria. The act was amended in 1956, 1972 and 1990.
The college was one of three in Australia that are self-accrediting issuers of degrees, while not also being a university. In 2010 the MCD applied to the Victorian Regulation and Qualifications Authority for "Specialist University Status". The Victorian government announced on 30 August 2011 that this application had been approved and on 1 January 2012 the college became known as the "MCD University of Divinity", with Peter Sherlock appointed as its inaugural vice-chancellor.
Denominations involved in the MCD
- Churches of Christ
- Coptic Orthodox
- Presbyterian Church of Australia
- Roman Catholic
- Uniting Church in Australia
- The Salvation Army is also involved in the teaching program.
Relationship with the University of Melbourne
The MCD was affiliated with the University of Melbourne in 1993. It retains its autonomy and degree conferring status.
Accreditations and affiliations
In 2001 the college was listed as a Schedule 1 Higher Education Institution by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. It is now eligible to receive federal funding for research, Australian Postgraduate Research Awards and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships.
The Higher Education Support Act (2003) (HESA 2003) listed the MCD as a Table B (Private, Self-regulating) Higher Education Provider, which allowed MCD students to access federally funded loans under the FEE-HELP scheme.
Recognised teaching institutions
Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne, Victoria. A federation of autonomous seminaries: Corpus Christi College, St Mary's Seminary, Salesian Theological College and St Joseph of Cupertino Friary (OFM Conv), St Dominic's Priory (Dominicans).
Whitley College, Parkville, Victoria
Churches of Christ Theological College, Mulgrave, Victoria (now known as Stirling Theoogical College)
Australian Lutheran College, Adelaide, South Australia
United Faculty of Theology, Parkville. Victoria. A co-operative venture of three independent theological colleges: Jesuit Theological College, Melbourne; Trinity Theological School (Anglican) and the Uniting Church of Australia Theological College
Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill, Victoria. Comprises the religious institutes of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation, the Divine Word Missionaries, the Discalced Carmelites, the Franciscans (OFM), the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the Pallottines, the Passionists and the Redemptorists.
- Ross, John (13 January 2012). "MCD achieves specialist uni status". The Australian.
MCD and associated colleges
- Official website
- Catholic Theological College
- Churches of Christ Theological College
- United Faculty of Theology
- Whitley College: the Baptist College of Victoria
- Yarra Theological Union
- Australian Lutheran College
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