Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

Gateway to the future … oopmaak van die hekke … Transformation in the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria

Graham A. Duncan
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3424 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3424 | © 2016 Graham A. Duncan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 April 2016 | Published: 28 October 2016

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Graham A. Duncan, Department of Church History and Church Polity, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The only constant in theological education is change, despite brave attempts to hold the tide back in some quarters. Yet, Western-based theological education remains the norm globally. The Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria exemplifies this norm despite its commitment to Africanisation. This article will consider transformation through the lens of the leadership of Prof. Johan Buitendag, who has led the transformation initiative from his own shared leadership perspective as dean since 2010. Change in the faculty will be analysed through analysis of the faculty plans, with particular reference to teaching, learning and research. Consideration will be given to a more radical proposal for future transformation under the initiative of Africanisation.


Transformation; Faculty of Theology; University of Pretoria; Johan Buitendag


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