EEA. Besides serving European institutions, the ECTE also seeks to cultivate a meaningful relationship with churches, denominations and evangelical organizations that are based in Europe. These relationships are particularly important as the ECTE works to keep theological education relevant and sensitive to the needs of the churches. The ECTE is affiliated with the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) and all member institutions generally endorse the statement of faith and theological orientation of their relevant evangelical stakeholders and communities. https://www.europeanea.org
To strengthen the link with evangelical Christianity, the ECTE also has a Council of Reference composed of the key European evangelical leaders.
ENQA. The ECTE values the importance of educational QA contexts in Europe and is an Affiliate of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) since 2007. The ECTE’s standards and guidelines, certification framework and QA processes are designed to reflect the Bologna Process and the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) in use in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). See https://enqa.eu
FEET. As a subject-specific network and quality assurance agency dealing with the discipline of theology, the ECTE is a full member of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians. See feet-europe.org
ICETE. The ECTE is a founding member of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) through which it is linked to nine evangelical quality assurance agencies across the world representing over 1200 training institutes of theology. See http://icete.info
In the years since its founding in 1980, the ICETE has become the established forum for dialogue and cooperation among evangelical theological educators internationally. ICETE has also taken a leading role in fostering renewal and excellence in evangelical theological education globally. The purposes of the ICETE are:
- To promote the enhancement of evangelical theological education worldwide
- To serve as a forum for contact and collaboration among those worldwide involved in evangelical theological education, for mutual assistance, stimulation and enrichment.
- To provide networking and support services for regional accrediting bodies for evangelical theological education worldwide
- To facilitate among these bodies the enhancement of their services to evangelical theological education within their regions
- To foster the quality and the academic recognition of evangelical theological education worldwide through the accreditation services of these bodies
The eight continental/regional associations of theological institutions that constitute the ICETE are: ACTEA (Africa); ATA (Asia); CETA (the Caribbean); ECTE (Europe); E-AAA (Euro-Asia); AETAL (Latin America); ABHE (North America); and SPABC (South Pacific). For a complete directory of ICETE affiliated institutions see www.icete.info.
Since 2019, the ECTE substantially adheres to the ICETE Standards and Guidelines for Global Evangelical Theological Education (SG-GETE 2019), thus enhancing ECTE’s accreditation with a global comparability scheme.
INQAHEE. The ECTE values the importance of higher educational quality standards worldwide and is a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) is a world-wide association of near 300 organisations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. The great majority of its members are quality assurance agencies that operate in many different ways, although the Network also welcomes (as associate members) other organisations that have an interest in QA in HE1. See https://www.inqaahe.org
Stakeholders of the ECTE include:
A. Direct stakeholders, interacting directly with the quality assurance processes of the ECTE.
- A1 – HEIs – accredited institutions and member institutions
- A2 – Peer subject-specific agencies
- A3 – European QA authorities
- A4 – Global theological education networks
- A5 – ECTE staff
- A6 – Peer experts (VETs)
B. Indirect internal stakeholders, interacting internally with the quality of their institutions and indirectly with the quality assurance processes of the ECTE.
- B1 – Theology students
- B2 – Academic faculty
- B3 – Institutional leadership
- B4 – Administrative staff
- B5 – Governing boards
C. Indirect external stakeholders, interacting externally with the quality of the institutions they are involved with and indirectly with the quality assurance processes of the ECTE.
- C1 – Ecclesial entities
- C2 – Graduate employers
- C3 – Funders and fundraisers
- C4 – Other external partners