University education for China, a country in transformation
The Swiss theologian Dr. Tobias Brandner is the only Western member of the teaching staff at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He advocates a critical theology with a cosmopolitan approach. He combines his teaching activities with practical work as a prison counsellor. In many different ways, Tobias Brandner makes his students increasingly aware that the church should not isolate itself from people on the margins of society but – on the contrary – should put such people at the centre of its work.
Tobias Brandner, an ecumenical co-worker, has been teaching at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College in Hong Kong since 1998.
His remit is to give lectures and hold seminars focusing on alternating aspects of western church history, mission studies and ecumenism. He leads study trips to China, Myanmar and Europe at irregular intervals.
In addition to teaching, Tobias Brandner works on academic publications, supervises individual students with their degree dissertations, takes part in student activities and academic conferences, looks after foreign students and helps to welcome guests and travellers en route for China.
While they are studying, students have the opportunity of completing internships with non-government organisations such as Christian Action (CA), another of Mission 21's partner organisations.
Alongside his teaching activities, Tobias Brandner has also worked as a prison counsellor for many years. He visits prisoners about once per week and celebrates religious services with them.