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ASEACCU Conference "Memory and Identity"

23-27 August 2022

IFCU President, Isabel Capeloa Gil, was keynote speaker at the 28th Assembly of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU), which took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 23 to 27 August 2022.

Under the theme "Memory and Identity", the conference brought together up to 200 Catholic universities from South East Asia and was hosted by St Paul Institute, the only Catholic university in the country.

Isabel Capeloa Gil dedicated her intervention to the theme "Memory and human dignity". The conference programme also included a visit to the killing fields - places where more than one million people were tortured, killed and buried, as victims of persecution by the Khmer Rouge during the 1970s - and a meeting with survivors of this period.

There were also lectures on Cambodia’s cultural identity, religious practices and historical and political memory, among other topics.

In the photo: President of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Isabel Capeloa Gil with ASEACCU President, Rector Richard Ang, from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, USJ Rector Stephen Morgan, Vice-Rector Alvaro Barbosa, and Vice-Rector of the Assumption University Bangkok, and Indonesian, Timorese, Thai and Filipino students.