St.Thomas-a-Becket University, Canterbury, London is licensed in Africa through ST. THOMAS A-BECKET EDUCATION SERVICES, Nigeria, Africa. We have accreditation from St. Thomas-a-Becket University, Canterbury, London. We also have accreditation from St. Peter & St. Paul University, France.
Our School has welcomed a diverse community of scholars since its founding, and people of varying backgrounds are still drawn to its cosmopolitan university setting. The students body represents great strength in ethnic, gender, and theological diversity. International students make up about one-third of our student population; the world literally meets in the classroom here.
The faculty draws upon these diversities to enrich the learning experience – this is not a school where everyone thinks alike, but a place where students of all backgrounds are challenged, and ultimately strengthened, by their exposure to different ideas and people. The college is handling programme both regular and correspondents in certificate, Diploma, Bachelors of Art degree, Masters of Arts and Doctorate Degree in theology, Philosophy, Management and Guidance & Counseling. We graduate citizens of the Universe into both theological and secular disciplines.
St. Thomas à Becket (1118-1170), English Chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry II, was born in London, of Norman parents. He was educated at universities in London and Paris.
In 1162, King Henry II appointed Thomas to be the Archbishop of Canterbury. Soon Thomas began taking his responsibilities seriously. Within a year Thomas à Becket and King Henry II were in open conflict.
St_Thomas_of_Canterbury Invoking the assistance of Pope Alexander III, Becket fled to a monastery in France in November 1164. When King Henry II infringed on the rights of Canterbury by insisting the Archbishop of York crown his son as prince in 1170, Pope Alexander forced a reconciliation between Thomas à Becket and the king, and Becket returned to England. The Archbishop prevailed upon the Pope to suspend bishops who were supporters of the King.
Thomas’s murder near the altar of Canterbury Cathedral on December 29, 1170 was perpetrated by four overzealous knights. Thomas à Becket was canonized by Pope Alexander on February 21, 1173.
In 1220, his bones were placed in a special shrine, which for three centuries continued to be an object of one of the great pilgrimages in Christendom. (In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the pilgrims are on their way to Canterbury.) At the time of the Reformation (1538), Henry VIII plundered the magnificent shrine and scattered Thomas’s bones because his memory represented a symbol of opposition to the crown. However, the name of the saint remains to this day in the Roman Catholic and Anglican calendar.
A stone from Canterbury Cathedral is embedded in the first pillar of our parish hall.