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New York universities award Online Master PhilTeR

The Center for Collaborative International Online Learning (COIL Center), which was founded by the State University of New York (SUNY) and Purchase College, New York in 2006, supports the English-language online master's programme «Philosophy, Theology and Religions» with a stipend.

Prof. Gyula Klima

Gyula Klima, Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York, is part of the international team of lecturers of the online Master's programme «Philosophy, Theology and Religions» (PhilTeR) at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lucerne. For his collaboration and for this internationally networked research within the course, he received a stipend from the COIL Center in the first year of the course.

Fordham University, New York is one of 64 institutions that together make up the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive university system in the US.

«The fact that our programme and our work for the online Master PhilTeR has already been awarded in its first year of implementation makes me extraordinarily happy,»says Giovanni Ventimiglia, Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Theology and founder of the Master PhilTeR.«It is nice that people in New York talk about our university and consider it an innovative and international university,»he continues. The award is also an appreciation for the intensive work done in recent months.

Online-Master in Philosophy, Theology and Religions

In 2022, the first class of the online master's programme «Philosophy, Theology and Religions» (PhilTeR) of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Lucerne started. Students from all over the world can participate without having to travel to Lucerne and benefit from internationally renowned experts in the history of philosophy and theology of the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). Often, philosophy is taught with an agnostic view - as if God does not exist - and if so, only the relationship to Christianity is deepened. Other religions, especially Judaism and Islam, play a minor role. Students of the Online Master PhilTeR should study the history of philosophy in its entirety. In doing so, they should discover that without Judaism, Christianity and Islam there would be no history of philosophy and thus no cultural history of the West.

This new, unique Master's programme is based at the Centre for Theology and Philosophy of Religions (TheiRs), which has the purpose of interreligious and interdisciplinary research, teaching and further education in the field of interreligious coexistence.

Facts & Figures

  • Students (start 2022 and 2023): 65 (49 male / 16 female)
  • Nationalities: 28
  • Country of residence: 22
  • Age: Yrs 1947-1999

The team of lecturers includes representatives from the University of Lucerne (Prof. Ursula Schumacher, Prof. Dr Erdal Toprakyaran, Prof. Giovanni Ventimiglia, Jehoshua Ahrens, David Giuseppe Arie Anzalone, Dr Simon Erlanger, Davide Falessi, Dr Marco Lamanna, Dr Mostafa Najafi) and international researchers such as Peter Adamson (LMU Munich / King College London), Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London, Warren Zev Harvey (Jerusalem, Warren Zev Harvey). Mostafa Najafi) also international scholars such as Peter Adamson (LMU Munich / King's College London), Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London), Warren Zev Harvey (Jerusalem), Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma) and Marienza Benedetto (Bari).