Dr. Seoung-Hwan Suh, Ph.D.
President of Yonsei University
The Yonsei University opened the first United Graduate School of Theology in Korea with the support of the World Church Council (WCC) half a century ago. Within these years, Yonsei has strived to accomplish academic excellence and faithful standing in and out of our campuses. Our first and foremost goal has always been about raising outstanding pastors and theologians to lead and to develop the Korean church community. The year 2015 is a very meaningful year for Yonsei. It is the 100th anniversary of our College of Theology and the 130th anniversary of Yonsei University. To celebrate such a meaningful moment, we are throwing a milestone as remarkable as the first establishment of Yonsei’s UGST, the new founding of Songdo GIT. April 5th 1885, in the sacred morning of Easter day, Rev. Horace Underwood, the founder of Yonsei first arrived at the Jemulpo Port, Incheon. Ever since, Yonsei has carried out the mission of higher education and Christian learning for 129 years. Today, we are trying to expand and to cherish this mission further by establishing GIT and sharing its fruitful accomplishment with the world. GIT will set grounds on the very land Rev. Underwood first stepped on as he arrived to Korea, Incheon. It will be the new birthplace of Korea’s global theological education and serve as a firm ground for all candidates to step forward as a global Christian leader.
The GIT Inauguration Committee strives to return his love and grace we received back to the people who are in need. In areas such as Asia, Latin America, and Africa where Christian education and leadership are not fully supported but criticality needed. Thus, to fulfill these needs, GIT will be the ministry to accept and to invite students from these areas and serve them with higher education. GIT will be the next Underwood College where students with passion and faith will enrich and enhance professional and spiritual growth to be future leaders of global Christianity.
Once again I welcome each and every one of you. Thank you.
Dr. Samuel Y. Pang, Ph.D.
Dean, the College of Theology and the United Graduate School of Theology
The Global Institute of Theology (GIT) made a big step to provide excellent, cross-cultural, and global theological education for exceptional students under limited theological higher education opportunities.
Yonsei University was founded by Christian missionaries from the United States in 1885. For well over a century, the Christian legacy has enabled Yonsei to reach new heights and accomplish a greater mission for Korea and the entire world.
Now, the Global Institute of Theology (GIT) of Yonsei University would like to be one of the leading graduate programs where students from developing countries will be educated with cross-cultural and cross-confessional Christian spirit to become future theological and social leaders of their own countries.
We ensure that the Global Institute of Theology (GIT) is one of the most diverse student bodies and faculties in theological education in Asia. If you sit in our classrooms or in the cafeteria, you will be surrounded by the voices of people from a wide range of cultures, languages and theological backgrounds. On your first day of class, you will be amazed by the overwhelming experience of meeting students from more than 15 countries!
We are in Songdo, South Korea – which is an International Free Economic Zone and about 20 minutes away from the Incheon International Airport, the main gate of Asia and hub airport to the world. GIT is in the United Graduate School of Theology of Yonsei University, so students can cross-register for classes between the two main campuses, and also with other major universities in Seoul.
The time you spend at GIT may be a fraction of your life, but the experience and knowledge you take from it will be assets that will last for a lifetime. I invite you to join us at GIT to experience theological higher education provided by various great scholars from Yonsei and other global GIT faculty (visiting professors from prestigious theological schools and seminaries all over the world).
For further information, just email us, I will help you to get started on exploring this exceptional theological program.