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Bishop's College, Calcutta
Collaboration with International Institutions

Tie-ups should be initiated with one or preferably multiple reputed International (Christian Theological and other) Institution(s). 

Similarly, relationships with certain significant international Christian Missionary organizations (e.g., RZIM, Max Lucado, Joyce Meyer, Billy Graham Organization, NGOs like Jimmy Carter’s Habitat For Humanity, publications like Christianity Today, Christian Post, etc.), should also be explored.  

NOTE:  We must however avoid Far-Right, ultra-conservative organizations, as these may attract controversy and negative public attention, create bad PR and quite possibly render it harder to communicate God’s Word and His Loving Grace to the masses in India.  It is recommended that we stick with organizations and institutions that uphold a more liberal and inclusive view of Christianity, Life and Society, emphasizing God’s Love, rather than God’s Wrathful Judgement as portrayed in parts of the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament. 

Once these international institutional relationships are in place, faculty-, student- (and any other-) exchanges and rotations, and inter-institutional degree programs / collaborative work / research should be encouraged.  This would greatly improve the profile of Bishop's College and bring it greater international recognition and positive exposure. 

Spanning over 2 centuries, Bishop's College and Serampore College have a colorful history around which it would behoove us to create a compelling PR narrative further romanticizing the institutions and the unique circumstances of their existence. Such a story needs must of course romance the story of the pedestrian progress of Christianity in India during the epic epoch of the British Raj

India is an attractive yet hard-to-penetrate target for western evangelists seeking to do God's work, i.e., carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28).  Bishop's College can be positioned as a platform / entry point / diving board for those well-funded western Christian theophilic organizations who seek to carry out their calling in these 97.8% non-Christian pastures of 1.2+ Billion. 

The combination of the above factors and a skillfully crafted narrative could also be leveraged to raise investment funds from suitable sources to greatly expand, enhance and consequently further empower the institution that is Bishop's College today. 

A 'Director of International Affairs & Business Development' (?), perhaps assisted by a small team of student assistants (and faculty-members), will be needed to take ownership of this effort and drive it. 

For review, an initial few possible institutions for potential collaboration are listed below. 

  1. Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  2. European Theological Seminary (Freudenstadt, Germany)
  3. Johannelund Theological Seminary (Uppsala, Sweden)
  4. MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway
  5. VID Specialized University, formerly the School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway)
  6. University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
  7. University Of Eastern Finland, School of Theology, Joensuu, Kuopio
  8. Theologisches Seminar St. Chrischona (tsc) (Basel, Switzerland)
  9. Tyndale Theological Seminary (Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands)
  10. Evangelical Theological Faculty, ETF (Leuven, Belgium)
  11. University of Bologna, Italy
  12. Wycliffe Hall of Oxford University, England
  13. Ridley Hall, Cambridge (Cambridge, England)
  14. Westcott House Anglican Theological College, Cambridge, England
  15. Edinburgh Theological Seminary (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  16. London School of Theology (London, England)
  17. London Theological Seminary (London, England)
  18. King's Evangelical Divinity School (Broadstairs, Kent)
  19. Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  20. Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  21. Cornell University, Religious Studies Program, Ithaca, New York, USA
  22. Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  23. Stanford University, Religious Studies Program, San Francisco, California, USA
  24. Dartmouth College, Department of Religion, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
  25. Graduate Department of Religious Studies - Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  26. University of Chicago Divinity School
  27. Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  28. Vanderbilt University Divinity School (Tennessee), USA
  29. Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
  30. Asbury Theological Seminary (Kentucky and Florida), USA
  31. Fuller Theological Seminary (California, Arizona, Washington, Colorado, Texas), USA
  32. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA
  33. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
  34. Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
  35. Biola University, La Mirada (Greater Los Angeles), California, USA
  36. Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, USA
  37. Crown College, Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, USA
  38. George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, USA
  39. Northwest Christian University, Eugene, Oregon, USA
  40. Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
  41. Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana, USA
  42. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa (Greater Los Angeles), California, USA
  43. Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, USA
  44. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA
  45. Denver Seminary, Littleton, Colorado, USA
  46. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  47. Malone University, Canton, Ohio, USA
  48. Eastern University, St. David’s (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania, USA
  49. Houghton College, Genesee Valley, New York, USA
  50. Northwest University, Kirkland (Seattle), Washington, USA
  51. Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington, USA
  52. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri, USA
  53. Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington, USA
  54. Messiah College, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
  55. Calvin University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
  56. Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, USA
  57. Covenant  College, Lookout Mountain (Chattanooga), Tennessee, USA
  58. Hope College, Holland, Michigan, USA
  59. Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
  60. Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
  61. Regent College of Theology,Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  62. Huron University College of Theology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  63. Montreal School of Theology | Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University, United Theological College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  64. Wycliffe Collge, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  65. Séminaire de Québec | Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences de'la Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  66. Crandall University Department of Theology, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
  67. Melbourne School of Theology, Wantima, Victoria, Australia
  68. Alphacrucis College, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  69. University of Otago, Theology Programme, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand
  70. University of Auckland, School of Theology, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  71. Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy, Kiev, Ukraine
  72. Kiev Theological Seminary (Russian / Ukrainian Orthodox), Kyiv, Ukraine
  73. Evangel Theological Seminary, ETS, Kyiv, Ukraine
  74. Odessa Theological Seminary, Odessa. Ukraine
  75. Eurasian Theological Seminary, Moscow, Russia
  76. Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon


  1. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Center for the Study of Christianity
  2. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem, Israel
  3. Yeshiva University, New York City, USA


  1. İstanbul University, Faculty of Theology, Istanbul, TurkeY
  2. University of Al Quaraouiyine, School of Islamic Studies, Fez, Morocco
  3. University of Ez-Zitouna, Tunis, Tunisia, Higher Institute of Islamic Civilisation and Theology
  4. Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, Department of Religious Studies
  5. University of Jordan, Faculty of Shari'a (Islamic Studies)
  6. University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies
  7. Qom Seminary, Qom, Iran
  8. Emir Abdelkader University, Constantine, Algeria


  1. Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
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