Participants in the event presenting the decision approving the provision of higher education in theology by Alliance Evangelical Divinity School under the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern Vietnam) (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has given approval for the Alliance Evangelical Divinity School under the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern Vietnam) to provide higher education in theology.

The Government Committee for Religious Affairs handed over a decision to this effect to the school in Ho Chi Minh City on June 1.

The decision stipulates that the school’s executive board has the responsibility to provide master’s courses in theology in accordance with the approved plan and admission regulations and comply with related laws and Charter of the church.

The decision vividly shows the support of the Party and State for the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern Vietnam) and the Alliance Evangelical Divinity School, said Vu Chien Thang, Chairman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs.

It demonstrates the recognition for the executive board and trainees to develop a prestigious school, Thang said.

Pastor Thai Phuoc Truong, head of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam, said the PM’s acceptance for the school to offer master’s courses in theology marks an important milestone in its history. It will help improve the training quality and provide the trainees with both general and higher education in theology, he noted.

The Alliance Evangelical Divinity School is the third among a total of 50 religious training institutions across the country allowed to offer the course of this kind.-VNA