This past fall, Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics, St. Tikhon’s Seminary, was nominated and elected by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency of Higher Education (HQAA) to join its External Evaluations Committee. The scope of this committee’s membership is international.
As a member of the committee, from December he participated in the External Evaluation process of the Universities of Athens and Thessalonica and TEI Departments in Greece related to his field.
From December 8-11 he participated with one review team to review the Theological Program and its faculty, and then from December 12-15 he participated with another review team to review the Pastoral and Social Theology Program as well as its faculty. To see more about the Aristotle University theological programs in Thessaloniki, you can link to their website here.
In a meeting of the St. Tikhon's Seminary meeting shortly before leaving for Thessalonica, Dr. Christopher shared that this will be among the first such external review processes to be conducted for these long-standing educational institutions that is not unlike theological school accreditation here in the United States and Canada by The Association of Theological Schools that involve first an internal review, and then external evaluation.