COMENIUS is the network of Dutch-speaking Protestant theological faculties and their sister institutions from Eastern and Central Europe (i.e. Austria, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia). In addition to the PThU, the theological faculties/universities of Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Groningen, Kampen, Leiden and Utrecht (VU, TUA, RUG, ThUK, UL and UU) participate on the Dutch side. The Mennonite Seminar has also joined.
The name of the partnership is an acronym: the letters stand for Commissie voor Oost/Midden-Europese en Nederlandse Inter-Universitaire Samenwerking (Commission for Eastern/Central European and Dutch Inter-University Cooperation). At the same time the name of course refers to the great Protestant scholar Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670). Komenský, as his original name reads, was born in Moravia (Czech Republic), studied in Germany, and later lived because of religious persecution in various Western and Eastern European countries. He taught for some time in Saróspatak (Hungary), discussed with Descartes in Leiden and spent his last phase of life in Amsterdam. Everywhere he worked to improve education, so that people from all walks of life would flourish. Comenius is buried in the Netherlands (Naarden). Our network is proud of the fact that Comenius was not only an pedagogue but also a theologian, and sees him as an excellent patron for his ideal: to promote Europe-wide contacts in order to facilitate international cooperation and to develop mutual understanding for the different contexts in which European Protestants theologize.
Every two years, COMENIUS holds a conference, either in the Netherlands/Belgium or in one of the participating Central/Eastern European countries. The next COMENIUS conference will take place from 22-25 April 2020 at the Pápai Református Teológiai Akadémia, Hungary. The theme is 'Imago Dei'. The conference languages are English and German. More detailed information.