The new Theological School of the Church of Cyprus was inaugurated on Tuesday in Nicosia as a “shining example” of what the island needs at a crucial time for the future, President Nicos Anastasiades said.
Anastasiades inaugurated the school, near the Archbishopric, with Archbishop Chrysostomos II who described it as a particularly glorious day for the Church. The Cyprus Orthodox Church is an autocephalous institution and the school would serve the growing need of the Church to cultivate its own theological education, he said.
The Theological School, which has 25 students to begin with, in addition to religious studies will also promote scientific education and the cultivation of critical thinking, the Archbishop said.
“The Theological School of the Church of Cyprus was founded during difficult and crucial times for the future of our country,” said Anastasiades, “a time when our country is now in need of shining examples.”
In his address, the Director of the Theological School, deacon Kyprianos Kountouris, said it was imperative to establish the school which aimed to maintain university-level standards.
The School, he said, begins with an undergraduate programme consisting of a four-year degree course recognised by the ministry of education. The school will have ten educators, two of whom will be visiting professors from theological schools of Greece and Lebanon as well as the wider academic world. (CNA)