São Leopoldo, Brazil
University description (as per official university website)
Colleges The EST is an important center for training and research in Brazil and one of the most respected in Latin America. It aims to promote the general academic education and promote scientific research in the field of humanities, social, applied linguistics, literature, arts and health. Aims at training qualified personnel for operation in diverse environments that require socio-cultural expertise in these areas.
The College is linked to EST Synodal Educational Network and identified with the IECLB (Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil). Our institution is guided by inter-church, inter-religious and inter-cultural.
By offering undergraduate, graduate, vocational education and extension, Colleges EST search:
promote training of professionals in the fields of humanities, social applied linguistics, literature, arts and health;
promote vocational training, scientific research and technical levels, undergraduate and postgraduate studies in their fields;
promote, through extension and specialization, improvement and upgrading in their fields;
promote the basic training of people and institutions to work in religious communities, civic and public life through further training in their fields;
promote the production, dissemination and exchange scientific, cultural and artistic.
The story of Colleges EST , especially the Bachelor of Theology, is closely related to German immigration in southern Brazil. From 1824, a significant number of German Lutheran confessional came to south, beginning the work of building communities. Initially, this work was done by lay people or pastors from overseas. Soon he felt the need for theological training in Brazilian land. In an article published in 1920 has already noted the need, according to Hermann Dohms shepherd, shepherds familiar with the situation in the country that give the Church the character of an institution rooted in the people. Thus was created in 1921 a training course humanistic high school who became, after 1931, the Pre-Theological Institute - with headquarters in Mount Mirror, São Leopoldo. In this Institute in 1940, began an "introductory theology courses," which was interrupted in 1942 with the declaration of war on Germany by Brazil.
After World War II, founded the first formal course in theology. On March 26, 1946 was constituted the first "School of Theology" IECLB. This was transferred in 1948 from a modest home in Morro do mirror the Synod House, the building that housed the synod Rio dos Sinos, who recently became the Department of Academic Colleges EST. In 1956 he opened the "House of Students", whose dependencies are known today as "old building". Formerly belonging to the Synod Rio Grande, the Faculty of Theology has become, since 1958, an institution of the Synod Federation (now IECLB - Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil), with national coverage. In those early decades, the faculty of the Faculty was composed mostly of teachers from Germany. Since 1968, however, the process was accelerated Brazilianization.
In 1984, the Faculty of Theology has become the Higher School of Theology (EST). The housing EST emerged five institutes: Faculty of Theology, Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (the current IEPG), Institute for Christian Education, Institute of Training and Special Theological Pastoral Institute. Were subsequently created the Institute for Music and the Institute for Diaconal the Synodal School of Professional Education (ESEP) and the Higher Institute of Music in São Leopoldo (ISMSL).
The set of activities performed by different institutes over the years led to the EST were to become an institution that works on different levels: undergraduate, graduate, extension and technical staff. The General Rules, adopted in 2002, replaced by former institutes's Office, remaining in the Synodal School of Professional Education (ESEP) and Instituto Superior de Música de São Leopoldo (ISMSL).
In 2007, the regiment general is being redesigned in order to integrate the IEPG the ESEP, the ISM and EST in a single institution of higher education, under the brand Colleges EST.
The Colleges EST is based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and commitment to the Reformed tradition in ecumenical horizon. As an institution committed to the theological identity of the Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil and its educational tradition, strives for a culture of spirituality in which people are invited to experience the love of God in their personal relationships, professional and social.
The Colleges EST mission is to promote Education, Research and Extension, with academic excellence. Search the empowerment of people committed to ethics and solidarity, which act to promote, through their professional practice, human dignity.
The EST Colleges want to be a center of excellence in academic achievement, promoting dialogue between the various sciences and knowledge.
Principles and values
The Colleges EST bases its training on the following principles:
Encouraging critical and creative thinking that promotes human welfare in all its dimensions;
Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension in the perspective of continuing education;
Reflection and interdisciplinary practice that encourages the construction of knowledge at the interface of theology with other disciplines;
Democratic character of education and research and collective knowledge construction;
Valuing human life in a comprehensive perspective;
Commitment to ethics and solidarity;
Account cultural diversity, ethnic and religious of the Brazilian people;
Defense of social justice and responsible use of natural resources.