The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (FTRS) is the mother of the other Faculties of the Protestant University of Rwanda. It was created by Protestant Churches of Rwanda in 1970 as Ecole de Théologie de Butare (ETB). Its central vision has been to enrich and revitalize human lives with theological academic and spiritual knowledge and provide for Churches and the society religious leaders who can serve effectively in churches and other communities of faith.
Since 1993, ETB became Faculté de Théologie Protestante de Butare (FTPB), fully accredited by the Ministry of Education as a Private High Learning Institution, under the Ministerial Decree, No 1552 of 09th December 1993. In the same year, the Ministerial Decree, No 1554/09.2/01/02, acknowledged Bachelor’s degrees delivered by the Faculty of Theology.
Since 2010, FTPB grew into the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) and the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies became one of the PIASS accredited Faculties. It keeps the vision of PIASS which is: “To be a university of reference concerned with the development of knowledge and innovative research adapted to the society and inspired by Ethical and Christian values.” FTRS strives to meet three objectives:
- To offer competitive theological teachings on the national and international levels.
- To offer an intellectual, moral, professional and scientific formation in the domain of theological sciences and to promote theological research grounded in the Christian African reality.
- To train theologians and pastors capable to respond to the needs of churches and Rwandan society.
So far, the Faculty of Theology has two accredited departments at the undergraduate level. The Department of Protestant Theology aims at training Church pastors and ministers to serve Protestant Churches at all levels. The Department of Religious Studies equips with the graduates the knowledge and skills needed to serve as teachers of religion and chaplains of schools or serve in ecumenical and interreligious organisations. At the graduate level, two accredited Master’s programmes are offered: Christian Ethics and Leadership, and Community Care and Development.
Rev. Dr Habarurema Viateur
Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious studies