Independent European Program Group

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Independent European Program Group

Also called the IEPG. An international organization that seeks to maintain and improve the defense industry in Europe. It fosters cooperation between members and with the United States and allies on the other side of the Atlantic. Members include European members of NATO. The IEPG was established in 1976.
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The IEPG coedits the collection Ciencias da Religiao (Sciences of Religion) in conjunction with Methodist-Loyola, and faculty and research groups produce the journal Estudos de Religiao (Studies in Religion) which stands on a par with any academic journal in the world for quality and quantity of materials included.
Seven denominations are represented on the board of the IEPG in Sao Leopoldo: Episcopal Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran (1ELB, Missouri Synod), Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession (IECLB), Independent Presbyterian, Methodist, Seventh-day Adventist, and United Presbyterian.
With a faculty of 17, as of 2005 the IEPG had granted 110 master's degrees and 47 doctoral degrees.
The IEPG recently added an area of concentration, Education and Religion, which has attracted many students, and a new program, Mestrado Profissional, somewhat like the doctor of ministry, in the areas of liturgy and community education, which already has 40 students.
IEPG has over 60 employees nationwide with additional offices in Tampa, Fla.