Education: University Network


University Network

Future leaders need knowledge and analysis skills to negotiate our complex global landscape, particularly in areas of religion and conflict.

By coordinating a global teaching network of leading universities, we aim to ensure that where there is conflict with religious dimensions, there will be people of influence equipped to understand and engage with it. The network's teaching, research and analysis provides multi-disciplinary courses on faith and globalisation. It ensures that future leaders have a better understanding of the ways in which religion is influencing the modern world.

This network also informs our work: we use its research and analysis to support the development, delivery, and assessment of the practical support we provide through our programmes, such as Generation Global and our work in supporting leaders.

Founding Universities

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is a founding member of the University Teaching Network and the first university in India to have joined the network. Located in Varanasi, the religious capital of India renowned as a place of inter-religious dialogue and co-existence, BHU is perfectly placed for its students to examine India's rich and diverse religious landscape, as well as religion's role and impact on a global scale. This analysis is ever more important as India is set to be the most populous country in the world by 2018 while also becoming an increasingly significant global player.


McGill University is a founding member of the University Teaching Network, having joined in 2009. Based in Montreal, Quebec, McGill is at the heart of debates about state secularity, national identity and religious freedom. Through its work with the Foundation, the Faculty of Religious Studies has experienced a profound shift in its approach to these topics. The ever closer links it has developed with the Canadian Government has now put it at the forefront of an intellectual and diplomatic drive to promote religious freedom worldwide.


The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a founding member of the University Teaching Network, having joined in 2008. Placed at the intersection of multiple continents, religions, and ethnicities, Singapore is a vibrant multicultural environment. The course at NUS specialises in understanding these multifarious pressures on society through close study and interaction with these communities. Given the pressures evident in neighbouring countries along these fault lines, educating future leaders in understanding these dynamics has never been more important.


Peking University (PKU) is a founding member of the University Teaching Network, having joined in 2010. Located in Beijing, China, PKU is at the heart of one of the fastest growing economies in the world. China's role on the global stage is now one of the most significant; its role in the development projects and financing of governments in developing countries alone increasingly brings its leaders into contact with religious communities.


Tecnológico de Monterrey is a founding member of the University Teaching Network, having joined the group in 2010 as our lead university in Latin America. Tecnológico de Monterrey has perhaps one of the largest reaches of any of our university partners with 33 campuses across Mexico and 21 sites and offices in a further 12 countries. Added to this, their Virtual University is a global leader with students from over 30 countries enrolled in online courses. This means that each year Tecnológico de Monterrey educates almost 1000 students in faith and globalisation.


The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a founding member of the University Teaching Network having joined in 2010. Located in Perth, Australia, students at UWA study Faith and Globalisation in one of the most secular countries in the world. Yet the impact this course has on the students participating evidences not only the quality of the teaching, but also the importance and urgency of the topics it covers.


Yale University is the founding member of the University Teaching Network. In 2008, Tony Blair took the position of Howland Distinguished Fellow at Yale University for three years and taught the 'Faith and Globalization' course alongside Professors Miroslav Volf and Douglas Rae. Yale has been central in defining the core elements of the Faith and Globalisation syllabus, from which many of the courses taught around the world have been developed. Since its launch, the Yale 'Faith and Globalization' course has seen over 200 students taking part in lively seminar discussions.


Member Universities


The American University in Kosovo joined the University Teaching Network in 2012. The American University of Kosovo is an exciting addition to the network being located in a post-conflict country. The faith and globalisation course looks at the role that religion has played in conflict and post-war reconciliation and identity formation, especially in the complex religious landscape of the Balkans.


Ateneo De Zamboanga University joined the University Teaching Network in 2012. The faith and globalisation course is offered by the Department of Philosophy. The program takes advantage of the ethno-religious diversity in Mindanao and allows students to share their international and local perspectives in discussion on faith's complex relationship with other dominant global forces.


Concordia University, Chicago, joined the University Teaching Network in 2013. The course exposes students to a wide range of topics such as pluralism, migration, religion and human rights, religion and gender and conflict and reconciliation, among others.


Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone offers a Faith and Globalisation Masters programme which discusses the role of faith and globalisation in the consolidation of peace. The course examines Sierra Leone's complex history through the lens of religion and its impact on the civil war and, more particularly, the process of reconciliation since the conflict ended.


The Hong Kong University (HKU) joined the University Teaching Network in 2012 and created the Faith and Global Engagement initiative within the university. The Faith and Global Engagement initiative creates a hub for academic research and is a platform for experts to address how issues of faith intersect with the public, professional and cultural life of the region.


The faith and globalisation course at Hult International Business School looks at the implications that a globalising world has for religious faith and goes on to examine how faith has a hand in shaping the processes of globalisation. Students actively work with local faith organisations on campaigns for societal change and pull their learning together with a case study and presentation on the relationship between faith and globalisation.


The National University of Kyiv Mohyla Acedemy (NaUKMA) joined the University Teaching Network in 2012. Since then the university has developed a faith and globalisation course and has participated in a number of events organised by the Foundation. Being located in a region known for its complex religious landscape NaUKMA brings some unique perspectives to the academic discussion.


Pepperdine University joined the University Teaching Network in 2011. The faith and globalisation programme gives students training in having responsible, global dialogue through examining the religious dimensions of current global issues from multiple perspectives and in different formats and settings.


The faith and globalisation course at Pwani University College examines contemporary global society's views of religion and students look at how religion is an important lens to analyse the transformational process that globalisation has on society. The course exposes students to global tensions with the perspective of how religion can participate to alleviate these tensions within society.


Queen's University, Belfast joined the University Teaching Network in 2014. Based in Northern Ireland, Queen's University is at the heart of cultural and social developments in a post-conflict situation in which religion played, and continues to play a primary role.


The course at Redeemer University College examines the question of what it means to believe in God and practice global politics simultaneously through giving students a space to reflect on the problem of "God's Revenge" in today's contemporary global issues including the constitution of international order, what Jim Skillen calls "Zionism" in American foreign policy, political Islam abroad and more.


Sabanci University joined the University Teaching Network in June 2014. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Sabanci University is perfectly placed to explore Turkish model of secularism and to examine the intersection between religion and politics.


The faith and globalisation curriculum is placed within Salisbury's innovative Living Learning Community programme. This programme consists of a number of courses studied by a group of students throughout the course of a year. It asks students to examine how their own belief system impacts their communication with others.


The faith and globalisation course at Santa Clara University, called 'The Internet, Faith, and Globalization', allows students to examine the role that the Internet plays in shaping religious beliefs, practices, and identities in a globalising world. Students explore the internet's ability as a platform to house and reflect differing narratives of religious identity.


The faith and globalisation course at St Mary's University is committed to developing an understanding of the relationship between faith and globalisation at Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels, and offers an MA in 'Religion, History and Conflict Resolution'. St Mary's University is strong a supporter of the Faith and Globalisation curriculum and created a compulsory unit for undergraduate students on this theme.


The University of Winchester teaches a faith and globalisation module which examines a variety of ways in which religions are shaping (and are shaped by) the social, political, and economic dynamics of globalisation. It explores the tensions at play in globalisation, modernisation, secularisation, and post-colonialism, and examines the multiple intersections of religion and globalisation through a variety of themes and case studies including politics, national identity, international relations, development, health and education.


The University of Prishtina located in Prishtina, Kosovo gives students the opportunity to explore what the role of religion is in influencing peace and justice – a relationship that is currently missing in the academic landscape of Kosovo. They are working closely with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to teach a curriculum that combines both the Kosovan experience and the best academic approaches in the field.


The University of Vlora "Ismail Qemali", Albania, joined the University Teaching Network in June 2014. The faith and globalisation course is taught from legal and political science perspectives and examines the impact and response religion has had in shaping legal and political life.


At Wesley Theological Seminary, the faith and globalisation curriculum has been integrated into The National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS) programme is designed for students who are deeply interested in the ways faith traditions intersect with the difficult work of policy and decision-making.


Through the faith and globalisation course at Wheaton College students look at the cultural, economic, environmental, demographic, political and religious aspects of a globalising society. Wheaton College goes in depth to look at how our increased interconnectedness leads to both improvement in wellbeing and student understanding of foreign areas and cultures.