In the years 2018 to 2021 the DAAD supports the mutual work of the University of Paderborn and the University of Religions and Denominations (URD) in Iran within the program “Fachbezogene Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen in Entwicklungsländern”.
The Center for Comparative Theology and Cultural Studies already maintained narrow relations to the University of Religions and Denominations (URD) in Qom/Iran for several years. At the URD students get to know the world religions from the perspective of the particular theology. Between 2018 and 2021 students and scholars from Paderborn will travel annually to Iran to engage in debates that play an important role in German Theology. Likewise an Iranian delegation will travel to Paderborn to educate the German students in central Shiite topics.
Through this courses of studies shall be extended and teaching materials shall be developed that can be used within the interreligious dialogue. This shall help to stabilize the collaboration and contribute to a lasting understanding of the other religion.