- Contributed by Michael Mickler Michael Mickler
The Seminary is pleased to announce that it has obtained a $24,000 grant from True World Group, Inc. (TWG) to launch an Educational Resource Center (UTS-ERC) for the Unification Movement. It is anticipated that the UTS-ERC will play a significant role in furthering a strategic partnership between the Seminary, corporate enterprises such as TWG, and the international Unification movement.
In 2007, Dr. Hyun Jin Moon asked that UTS become the key institution for consolidating high quality educational content and providing access to that content. Since then, representatives from UTS, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), and the Unification Church International (UCI) have discussed ways of implementing this vision and taken several preliminary steps. One of these was the presentation of this grant proposal for the establishment of the UTS-ERC.
The UTS-ERC will provide both online (website) and offline (publication) services. It will manage and develop content in the areas of educational curricula, theology, ministry, interfaith peace-building, and Unification movement history. President Hendricks has designated Dr. Michael Mickler as Academic Director, Dr. Keisuke Noda as Data Services Director, Mr. Chung Hee Bessell as Web Designer, and Rev. Kyoung Hyo Kim as Field Liaison. It is expected that the UTS-ERC will provide a forum for integration, communication, and synergy among educators, educational institutions, and educational departments of the Unification movement.
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