Identity and Mission

Welcome to the EEAA This is the official website of the European Evangelical Accrediting Association, a quality assurance network serving evangelical theological schools in Europe.

The EEAA is an Affiliate Member of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA),  a Charter Member of the International Council for Theological Education (ICETE), a Full Member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and an Affiliate of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).  

The European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA) was officially founded by the delegates of 23 schools on October 31, 1979, at St. Chrischona (Switzerland). Since then, over 60 institutions of evangelical theology in more than 25 countries have joined forces within the EEAA, reflecting their own national culture, history, and ecclesiological affiliation and contributing to the wealth of experience and diversity in European theological education.

Besides serving European schools, the EEAA 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 EEAA works to keep theological education relevant and sensitive to the needs of the churches. The EEAA is affiliated with the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) and all member schools subscribe to the statement of faith of the EEA and that of their respective national evangelical alliances. The EEAA is also a full member of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education(ICETE) through which it is linked to eight evangelical quality assurance agencies across the world representing over 700 training institutes of theology worldwide.

The EEAA also values the importance of educational quality standards in Europe and worldwide and is a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and an Affiliate of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). The EEAA’s standards and framework are designed to implement standards of the Bologna Process (European Standards and Guidelines) and of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in theological education.

The EEAA’s mission is twofold. Its traditional identity is found in the accreditation of evangelical theological education in Europe that, while being sensitive to higher education issues in Europe, is nonetheless based on evangelical values. Thanks to this kind of accreditation, many schools have improved their educational programmes and have been able to offer study degrees that are recognized in many contexts. Schools accredited with the EEAA provide a witness to churches, missions and to the secular community of both the academic and spiritual values they wish to communicate to their graduates.

In addition to quality assurance and programme accreditation, the EEAA aims to create a dynamic network of European evangelical theological institutions and leaders, that effectively serve one another by connecting their strategic resources in a common evangelical educational enterprise. Networking among Christians has been done since the times of the early church and all EEAA member schools, regardless of their accreditation status, share this spirit of fellowship and reciprocal service.

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