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Internationality and Interculturality in Leuven


  • Reimund Bieringer Katholieke Universiteit Leuven



Catholic University Leuven, faculty of theology, interculturality, internationality, diversity, contextual theology, international programmes of theology, cooperation, dialogue, hermeneutical theology


Conclusion: The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is by far the most international Faculty of our university. The international programmes have become so important for the Faculty that without them the Faculty could hardly exist anymore. For about two generations our Faculty has been shaped by the presence of large numbers of international students from many parts of the world and by the ongoing contacts which have resulted from their presence. The process of transformation from a Western Eurocentric Faculty of Theology to a truly international and intercultural Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies has been slow and challenging, but it has been steady and progressive. Both the international students and the Faculty have benefitted immensely from the international programmes. Without a doubt, there is more learning and more benefits to come for both sides as we move into the future.

Author Biography

Reimund Bieringer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Mathijs Lamberigts & Leo Kenis (eds.), Quo vadis theologia? Theologie en religiewetenschap in Leuven, Antwerpen: Halewijn, 2008.