The '''Melbourne Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Inc.''' (MIOCS) was established in 2003, with a view to offering the tertiary teaching of Orthodox theological studies to both Orthodox and non-Orthodox people.
The [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]] has had a large role in establishing and coordinating MIOCS, particularly through [[St. Anna Convent (Preston, Australia)|St. Anna's Convent]], and does so with the [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand ( ROCOR) |ROCOR]] Dean of Victoria, Archpriest Michael Protopopov, and the priest of the [[Church of Russia|Moscow Patriarchate]] parish in Melbourne, Fr Igor Filianovsky.
MIOCS is an affiliate body of the [http://www. unimelb. edu.au/ University of Melbourne], through its [ http://www. uft. unimelb. edu.au/ United Faculty of Theology ] (UFT) at [http://www.ormond.unimelb.edu.au/ Ormond College] in Parkville, Victoria.
Students may study at an undergraduate, postgraduate or informal level.
==Faculty and Current Lecturers==
Metropolitan Archbishop Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand. President of MIOCS. Elected for a two year term in November 2005, taking over from Professor Trevor Batrouney.*Sister [[Virginia (Hutchinson)]] , of [[St. Anna Convent (Preston, Australia|St. Anna's Convent]]. Secretary of MIOCS. Convenor of ''Orthodox Spiritual Life'' and ''The Biblical Roots of the Doctrine of Theosis'' in 2006. *Archpriest Michael Protopopov, Dean of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. Lecturer in '' Introduction to Orthodox Christianity'' and ''Early Church History'' in 2006.*Dr Heshmat Keroloss. Visiting Lecturer in ''Orthodox Spiritual Life'' in 2006. *Fr Jovan Takovski. Visiting Lecturer in '' The Biblical Roots of the Doctrine of Theosis'' in 2006.
Links==*[http://www. australianorthodox.org.au/news_item. php?newsItem=19 Official Home Page].
*[http://www.australianorthodox.org.au/news_item.php?newsItem=39 MIOCS Commencement Service] for 2006.
*[http://www.australianorthodox.org.au/photo_gallery.php?dir=MIOCS%20Service%202006 Photo Gallery] of the 2006 Commencement Service.