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Bhakti means loving devotional service to the transcendental, personal source of everything.
So the word bhaktivedanta combines the ideas of scholarly excellence and the highest spiritual values and activities. The honorific term bhaktivedanta is given to revered devotee-scholars in Indian spiritual circles. Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), received this title in the mid-twentieth century from his contemporaries.
Late in his life, he wrote nearly seventy books, which are translations of and commentaries on Vaishnava texts. Between 1965 and 1977, he and his followers worldwide started more than a hundred temples, farms, and schools. Nowadays, his teachings are practiced and taught in many congregations connected to ISKCON.
Srila Prabhupada is the inspiration behind Bhaktivedanta College, because his exemplary life teaches that the best education combines the advancement of knowledge with self-realization and love of God, or Sri Krishna.
Bhaktivedanta College is an international institution serving the educational needs of ambitious, spiritually minded students. For this purpose the College pursues six ideals:
1. Courage and Purpose
2. Student Wellbeing
3. Spiritually Integrated Learning
4. Academic and Professional Excellence
5. Moral and Spiritual Maturity
6. Collaborative Partnership
The College is located in Durbuy, a hamlet nestled in the scenic Ardennes region of Belgium. Unequalled for its quietude and tranquillity, this forested area is a superb setting for research and reflection. At the heart of the College campus stands the historic Château de Petite Somme, the heart of a thriving Vaishnava temple and community.
Since its opening in September 2002, Bhaktivedanta College has received over a thousand students from twenty-six countries. From inception, the College’s academic modules were augmented with extra-curricular study and mentoring schemes aimed at nurturing character, personal fulfillment and spiritual maturity.
The programme aims to integrate rigorous academic study with spiritual refinement, values education and vocational training. The teaching medium is English, and students with an alternative first-language are offered extra support in both spoken and written English.
In 2003, University of Wales Lampeter (UWL) accredited the three-year academic course, culminating in a Bachelor of Theology degree in ‘Vaishnava Studies’: the first ever in the English-speaking world. The College worked collaboratively with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS), a recognised independent centre of the University of Oxford.
Since then, many faculty members have received their doctorates from Oxford. Committed to investment for the future, Bhaktivedanta College recently completed construction of a new library, office facilities and a residence block, thus providing students with up-to-date amenities for research and recreation.
Education rests on a spiritual foundation. Bhaktivedanta College has a long-term strategy of providing you a solid education with an overarching spiritual component. We offer courses and programmes in theology, education studies, and the study of bhakti scriptures both on campus and online. A programme in Business Leadership, combining current knowledge with Vedic perspectives, is under development.
Opened in 2002, the college collaborates with reputable institutions in the United Kingdom, such as the University of Wales Lampeter, Chester University, and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The degree programs follow the European standard for higher education as defined in the Bologna process. Our professors are all recognized in their fields; several come from the most prestigious universities, such as Oxford.
The college is situated on a forty-seven-acre property in the foothills of the Ardennes mountains, a tranquil setting perfect for study. Students have access to important urban centers such as Brussels, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and the nearby cities Namur and Marche.
Bhaktivedanta College and the Radhadesh community are ideal places to meet inquisitive, creative, like-minded transcendentalists with high aspirations. Find support and understanding on your spiritual journey and offer the same to others.
The college population is a mosaic of ethnic and cultural diversity. Students from all continents immerse themselves in study in a beautiful countryside setting.
Normally, college years are characterized by a hectic lifestyle, and it is easy to neglect one’s health. Bhaktivedanta College students, however, enjoy clean, peaceful surroundings and eat freshly cooked, pure vegetarian food daily. Extracurricular classes in hatha yoga and ayurveda help them keep their minds and bodies fit. Good health allows them to concentrate on studying.
The college can be a place to get away from it all and refine one’s spiritual practice. Living close to nature automatically enhances one’s propensity for reflection and makes it easier to perform spiritual activities. This is an opportunity to positively transform your life.