The Victorian Government has announced the formal establishment of the state’s newest university, MCD University of Divinity.


The university this week received formal approval to operate as a specialised university from January 1 next year.


State Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall congratulated MCD on becoming the first university of specialisation in Australia and the first university established in the state since The University of Ballarat in 1993. The Melbourne College of Divinity has operated in Victoria for the past 100 years as a self-accrediting institution.


"The university has satisfied a rigorous assessment process overseen by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and involving an expert panel."


To be recognised as a university MCD had to satisfy a detailed review of its courses, academic structures, capacity for scholarship and research, governance and organisational and administrative capacity.


MCD was constituted by an Act of the Victorian Parliament, the Melbourne College of Divinity Act (1910), and celebrated its centenary in 2010. MCD offers courses from Diploma to Post-Graduate level in Ministry, Theology, and Philosophy.


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