Eastern College Australia announced the formation of a significant new partnership with MST (Melbourne School of Theology) in 2017. As collaborating Colleges, both Eastern and MST retain their separate identities, and offer distinctly accredited Courses and Awards. In the case of MST, they continue to offer high-quality training in Theology, Biblical Studies, Mission and Ministry, from Diploma to Doctorate.
A two-year partnership with TEAR Australia enabled the establishment of the Micah 6.8 Centre, and Steve Bradbury, CEO of TEAR for 25 years, as its Director. Through this partnership a specialist aid and development stream has been developed as part of the Master of Arts in Vocational Practice, and in 2010 the first students enrolled in this course. The Micah 6.8 Centre exists to engage the college and the wider church in the biblical mandate to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.
Eastern College Australia has joined the Seminary Stewardship Alliance, a consortium of schools dedicated to reconnecting Christians with the biblical call to care for God's creation. The Alliance of more than 25 partner institutions works to catalyze sustainable practices in seminaries, advance scholarship on creation care, and nourish dialog within and among seminaries.
Eastern College Australia has been a member of The Council of Private Higher Education Inc. (COPHE) for more than 10 years. COPHE is a peak body representing Australia’s high-quality independent higher education providers. With more than 150,000 students enrolled at 123 providers, independent education is the fastest growing sector of Australian higher education.