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Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj

The Protestant Theological Institute (Institutul Teologic Protestant; Hungarian: Protestáns Teológiai Intézet; German: Protestantisch-Theologisches Institut) is a Protestant seminary and private university in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The state-recognized institution trains ministers for three separate Protestant faiths: Calvinism (the Reformed Church in Romania), Lutheranism (the majority-Hungarian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the majority-Saxon Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession), as well as Unitarianism (the Unitarian Church of Transylvania).

The Protestant Institute is coordinated by five bishoprics: one Unitarian and two Lutheran, together with the Reformed Piatra Craiului District and Transylvania District. Its Cluj-Napoca center houses two branches — the Reformed-Evangelical Faculty (offering training for members of the Reformed Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church), and the Unitarian Faculty. In addition to these, the Institute includes a Saxon-Evangelical Faculty, which is based in Sibiu and is maintained by the Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession.

The Institute was founded in 1948, reuniting the Cluj-based Reformed Theological Faculty and Unitarian Faculty the Theological Academy, as well as being the first local seminary for Lutherans. It has a claim to being the sole Protestant theological institution to teach in two languages (Hungarian and German) and to have two separate local sections.

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