About us

In 1944 Driestar Christian University started as a small institute, teaching courses for young Christian teachers. Today we inspire and support teachers and schools to Christian teaching, in the Netherlands and in many countries around the world: a world that has changed in every aspect under the influence of globalization in the last decades.

Together with a network of partners and organisations we take on the challenges and we seize the opportunities that globalization has to offer to education worldwide. Because we believe that the role of Christian education in a globalizing world is essential to the future of our children and the society they live in.

If we look at the world that God made, we see we are created equally and different at the same time. Diversity enriches our society and globalisation dispenses the challenges and opportunities that go with this gift. It is part of a promising future that lies before us.
 
And education is our passport to that future. For tomorrow belongs to the ones who prepare for it today. It belongs to our children. To all of them!
 
Therefore it is the responsibility of our generation to inspire, to shape and to support teachers and schools around the world in their Christian teaching. Being a part of that generation, we feel it is our calling to take that responsibility, because we believe that Christian value driven education is the only way to truly discover the talents that you have been given.
 
At Driestar Christian University we feel that education serves family, church and a globalizing society as well. Starting from there we offer and provide all sorts of assets to increase the quality of education worldwide: from master courses and international classes to student exchange programs and - traineeships. We offer advice, practical help, standard programs and customized solutions to assist students, teachers, principals and leaders. So they feel themselves fully equipped to guide children towards a fruitful future.
 
Because Christian education in a globalising world is an exciting challenge for our generation, but it means the world to our children.
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Our Mission & Vision

At Driestar educatief, all work is inspired by our conviction that the Bible is the everlasting and vital Source. Therefore we inspire, educate and support students, teachers and schools providing education based on Reformed Christian principles.

Driestar educatief is an educational institution with a mission. We inspire, educate and support (student) teachers and schools providing education based on Reformed Christian principles.
Our ideal school
  • provides Christian education.
  • is the ideal workplace for the Christian teacher.
  • is where pupils can learn in an inspiring environment
  • is a school where children with special needs receive special care and attention.
  • has excellent leadership and is managed well.
  • views parents as (one of) the most important partner(s) in education and supports parents in raising their families.
At Driestar educatief, all work is inspired by our conviction that the Bible is the everlasting and vital Source.
It gives us basic principles for teaching and education. We feel called to evaluate all trends in education according to biblical guidelines and we hope to voice a (Protestant) Christian and (biblical) Reformed view on education in society. In a society where man himself has become the norm, we take this responsibility very seriously.
We do educational research by evaluating theories (theoretical concepts) and then make them applicable to teachers in the field. We believe that knowledge can only be developed by working together with teachers and other practitioners and by cooperating with our partners (across national and cultural borders).

About our institute

In 1944 Driestar Christian University started as a small institute, teaching courses for young Christian teachers. Throughout the years we grew and developed into a university with the ambition to increase the quality of education in general and Christian teaching in particular worldwide.

Providing good education for children and young adults alike has always been our ambition. Education permeated with a biblical identity. Education that really touches them and gives them something of lasting value. For children and students in the Netherlands, but also for those around the world.
 
Driestar educatief is a centre of knowledge for Christian education. In 1944 we started a small Reformed teacher training college. Since then we have grown into a University of Professional education that specialises in the training of both primary and secondary teachers. In 2005 this institution merged with an educational support centre.
Driestar educatief is an institution with three departments and it has 325 staff members. Our ambition is to offer programmes that are up-to-date and in touch with teaching practice. All our programmes have been ranked between first and fifth on the national rating lists for teacher training programmes. Special educational needs is one of our areas of expertise. We are closely involved with several primary schools and nurture a close relationship with practitioners in the field, and because of this involvement we know what matters to teachers in their classrooms.
Christian identity
Driestar educatief is a Reformed institution. Our foundation is the eternal and infallible Word of God and the confessions of faith based on the Bible (the Heidelberg Catechism, the Netherlands Confession of Faith and the Canons of Dordt).
Our Christian identity is the foundation of our organisation: all pedagogic and organisational aspects are based on our Christian belief. Devotion, reliability, wisdom, affiliation, and courage are core values from which we try to do our work.
Attitude
  • Coram Deo: the notion that we live for God.
  • Stewardship: the notion that we receive talents and commit these talents diligently where God sets us to work.
  • Dependence: the notion that we live in a broken world and are entirely dependent on God’s mercy and strength, which we receive from Him.