The Institute of Buddhist Studies becomes a member school of the Graduate Theological Union


The Institute of Buddhist Studies (SCI) announced that they have become the last member school of the Graduate Theological Union (CGU) in one press release released Thursday. IBS has been working with GTU as an affiliate for 36 years.

“The contributions of IBS are crucial to GTU’s goals of interfaith and interdisciplinary scholarship and activism,” said Dr. Elizabeth Peña, Acting Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs of GTU in a commentary. communicated.

IBS is the ninth institute, and the first non-Christian, to become a member of GTU. Since its inception in 1969, IBS has grown to offer two graduate programs and six certificate programs, including a certificate in Buddhist chaplaincy. IBS is collaborating with GTU to offer its Master of Arts program to students with an interfaith orientation.

“Our students have benefited from the interfaith learning opportunities offered by GTU and its member schools over the past three decades,” said Dr. Scott Mitchell, Dean of Students and Faculty Affairs at IBS in a statement. Mitchell says this step will make IBS “an even more vital part of this community, contributing and shaping the future of interfaith education.”

The partnership will officially begin in the fall semester 2021, which begins next month.

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