The roots of Emanuel University were planted in 1986, when Emanuel Baptist Church of Oradea, formerly known as the Second Baptist Church of Oradea, initiated an underground Bible institute to train the upcoming pastors and missionaries of the Communist Romania.
When the Communist regime fell in 1989, the underground school emerged from secrecy to become an evangelical theological seminary. Early in its existence, Emanuel University was asked by the national education authorities to train not only pastors, but also teachers. That challenge furnished us with an increased vision: to train young people in various field of study, to ground them in strong Christian principles, and as a result, enable them to serve Christ in diverse market places. With an unwavering commitment to train the next generation of pastors and missionaries who would plant new churches throughout Europe, Emanuel University has also extended its branches to reach other parts of society.
Today, Emanuel University of Oradea is the only government accredited evangelical Christian university in Europe. It is functioning under the spiritual authority of the Emanuel Baptist Church of Oradea, and under the academic authority of the Romanian Department of Education by the accreditation it was granted.