The Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture is a postgraduate research and training Institute fully accredited by the National Accreditation Board of the Ministry of Education as a tertiary institution with a Presidential Charter to award its own degrees. It is a research university promoting African innovation and excellence and dedicated to the study and documentation of Christian history, thought and life in Ghana and in Africa as a whole, in relation to their African setting and to world Christianity. ACI seeks to strengthen Christian witness in the modern Africa and world context through Christian scholarship.
Nagel funded the 4 year research project, Primal Religions as the Substructure of Christianity, coordinated by ACI. The project began in 2006 and teamed 15 scholars from around the world to study the relationship between primal and Christian worldviews. Two dedicated issues of the Journal of African Christian Thought have been published and a major book is underway.
networking Christian scholars & institutions worldwide
The International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE) is a network of institutions and individuals worldwide committed to advancing Christian education through training, capacity building,scholarship, and networking in ways that reflect both the universal (shared view of Christ’s centrality in our identity and work) and the local (attending to the specific realities and practices of where and who we serve). It was founded in 1975 in South Africa with the aim of bringing together reformed higher education institutions through networking and mutual exchange. Over the years IAPCHE became more and more ecumenical as it spread its networks to all corners of the world and drew members from different denominations and countries. Today it has regional offices in Costa Rica, India, and Kenya, and the head office is located at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. IAPCHE is run by an executive director who reports to a ten-member board representing Africa, Asia/Oceania, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
The Nagel Institute collaborated with IAPCHE to produce Christian Higher Education: A Global Reconnaissance. The book provides a detailed overview of the state of Christian higher education in select countries within the larger IAPCHE regional representation. Published by Eerdmans, it will be coming out in February 2014.
Mwenda Ntarangwi, PhD., Executive Director of IAPCHE, has high praise for Christian Higher Education: A Global Reconnaissance:
"There is no other text like it that captures the state of Christian higher education in so many countries around the world. It is anticipated to be a must-have book for all those who care about the trends and state of Christian higher education in the world today."