In a world of constant change and mutation, God calls Christian leaders to be at the forefront of global decision-making influences and innovative processes. Those with this call provide a prophetic voice for leaders who work for harmony and peace amid the most challenging areas of our shrinking global village.
This Ph.D. program aims to equip leaders at the highest levels as scholar-practitioners. Thus equipped, they combine the ability to think critically, research thoroughly, and analyze correctly with the skills to solve problems practically. Being thus equipped, they will speak prophetically with power and authority. They will be able to influence decision-makers, just as Joseph did in the ancient Egyptian court (Gen. 41:39).
BGU already offers two doctoral degree programs for practitioners. By adding a Ph.D. program, we will be placing a stronger emphasis on the use of scholarly research to strengthen practical problem-solving. The time has come to raise up leaders who can fashion workable solutions based on first-rate research.
Partnership IBSH & Bakke Graduate University
IBSH (The Hague, Netherlands) and the Bakke Graduate University (Dallas, Texas United States) have signed a new partnership for the PhD program “Ph.D. in Innovative Urban Leadership”.
Bakke Graduate University (BGU) was founded in 1990 and was originally named the Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry (NWGS) and received full US accreditation in 1995. The University’s mission is creating an environment students learn the realities of the global and urban world in which they live. The school aims to train and strengthen leaders of today and tomorrow dedicated to vulnerable people and places, innovatively delivered throughout the urban world.
IBSH believes this partnership will further strengthen our vision to “creating dynamic leaders” dedicated to providing a holistic approach to addressing business challenges now and in the future. This partnership is testament to IBSH’s aspirations to creating a stakeholder network aimed at meeting and exceeding international standards in training faith-led leaders and entrepreneurs.
Enrollment and start of the PhD program can be done at any time of the year, which is partly run on-line and seminars on campus in The Hague (The Netherlands) or online. In addition, the program can be done next to a full-time job as part-time or full-time, depending on the student’s preference.
The program is a minimum 4 years and maximum 7 years. The tuition fee is 9.000 euros a year.
Finally, the PhD degrees are awarded by Bakke Graduate University.
Ph.D. Advisory Council
The leadership of BGU’s Ph.D. program will ensure that the focus on research-based practice permeates teaching, mentoring, and research-driven of Ph.D. program.
Dr. Martine Audéoud came to BGU several years ago with the desire to develop a Ph.D. program. Her years of missionary service include Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Niger, and Haiti. Born in France, she has embedded herself in African society, becoming a global educational leader dedicated to the development of global leadership across the world.
Dr. Lester Hirst, the academic coordinator for our Ph.D. program, has championed leadership development in Latin America and Asia as a missionary, as well as serving Compassion International on their Global Leadership Development team.
Dr. Claire Henry led the design team for the Ph.D. program, culminating in the approval of the new offering by the TRACS accreditation agency in November of 2019. Dr. Henry grew up in Guyana and is passionate about providing high-quality research-focused education at the Masters and Doctoral levels.
Dr. Paulette Jordan is a retired Air Force Logistics Officer who has been teaching at local universities in the U.S. and various countries overseas. Dr. Jordan has successfully owned and operated several small businesses and served on management teams with major corporations while being an educator at heart. She teaches several courses in the Ph.D. program and is the Director of the BGU Doctor of Transformational Leadership (DTL) program.