History
history

The Holy Trinity Theological College (HTTC) grew out of a school founded in the year 1942 by His Imperial Majesty, Haile Sellassie I, from his personal funds. Its purpose was to provide sound religious and secular education to clergy of, as well as to those who intended to serve in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. What began first as an institution at the level of an elementary school was later expanded to include the secondary level , preparing candidates for a special examination equivalent to the Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examinationm (ESLCE).

The College division was inaugurated on 5th October, 1960, at a special service in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. With the establishment of the Haile Sellassie I University on 18th December 1961, the elementary section of the institution was eliminated and the HTTC became one of the chartered units of the National University of Ethiopia. The curriculum prescribed by the Faculty Council of the University became effective in the HTTC from the beginning of the academic year 1963-64.

The institution consisted of the secondary school section, a teacher training program, and the College division. The teacher training program was stopped in 1964 and the secondary school section began a phase - out program from the academic years 1967-68. It was hoped that the XII grade of the school would continue as a feeder institution of the College in close collaboration with the Laboratory School of the Faculty of Education.

hitory-1The College was greatly affected by the Godless Socialist political upheaval of the 1970's. Due to the uncertainty of their employment opportunities and the lack of commitments on the part of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the students chose the option of being transferred to other faculties of the Addis Ababa University. This opportunity was granted by the then authorities of the University. As a consequence, the defacto closure of College was forcefully accepted and the teaching and other staff members were absorbed into other institutions, the premises were given to the Science Faculty for the use of its programs, whereas the HTTC was non-functional for the last eighteen years.

However, His Holiness Abune Paulos Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Arch Bishop of Axum and Echegue of the See of St. Tekle Haimanot, and the Holy Synod requested the restoration of the college and made great efforts to secure the consent of the Transional Government of Ethiopia to return it to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The College was then reopened to resume its academic program. It was inaugurated on 15th October, 1994 at a special service held on the College Campus.

The College has now developed a two-section program: a five year leading to the Bachelor of Theology, a three year diploma in the regular. In the evening a seven year degree on the advanced standing is intended to be given in the next academic year and presently a four year diploma program course is given.

 

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