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26-31 July, 2021 - Boston College
Roots and Transformation in the Age of Disruption - Education for the Common Good
Every three years, the International Federation of Catholic Universities holds its General Assembly. After having taken us to Maynooth (Ireland), to the Saint Patrick’s College, the 27th IFCU General Assembly will take us to United States, where it will be hosted by the Boston College.
This represents a unique opportunity for all our affiliates to meet to reflect on a university and ecclesial theme.
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Amid the chaos and confusion caused by the exponential spread of the Covid-19 pandemic across the planet in a matter of weeks, observers and actors in higher education and the labor market have been using much of their time spent in self-isolation speculating on the kind of world that we will get back to once the coronavirus has been vanquished.
The situation of our universities facing the coronavirus crisis is extremely contrasted, both because of the diversity of national situations, but also because of the degree of preparedness of our universities in the development of online education.
You will find here articles about Covid 19
IFCU communicates on its activities in the context of the pandemic Covid-19
Our Federation is embarking on a policy of partnership, based both on institutional development and on capacity building of administrative and teaching staff. We are pleased to present here the partnership between IFCU and the African Catholic Universities.
Within the framework of the Pierre Fabre Chair - Ethics and Health, the aim of which is - to study the links between scientific, medical or strictly pharmacological/pharmaceutical developments, their practical application and law and ethics; - to conduct an ethical reflection on the consequences of scientific activities and research on people, an international colloquium "Agenda 2030 and the pharmaceutical industry, a cross-cutting approach" will be organized.
The General Assembly of the CICT-COCTI (FIUC-Theology) will take place from 27 April to 1 May in Lisbon on the theme " Doing Theology in a World Marked by Religious Pluralism"
Developing the next generation of specialists and activists of the Catholic community
May 25-29, 2020
Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs
Pope Francis has condemned nuclear deterrence, ratified the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, and been a leader in the campaign for a world without nuclear weapons. In an address in Hiroshima November 24, 2019, he declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, a crime not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home.”
Since 2018, the IFCU created an endowment fund to support academic and social cooperation projects. This year, the board of management of the Laudato Si’ Fund decided to support an integral ecology project implemented by the Laudato Si’ Observatory (OLS) of the Catholic Univerity of Costa Rica.
UNIAPAC, the international federation of Christian business leaders’ associations, convened its members to the Deusto Business School in Bilbao on December 2, 2019, for a one-day seminar focused on corporate social and economic responsibility, in its many dimensions and missions. Keynote speakers included Mgr. Mario Iceta, Bishop of Bilbao, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, Secretary General of COMECE, and José Maria Guibert, Rector of the University of Deusto.
Following its last Board meeting in Rome, the IFCU is delighted to welcome three new universities from Asia and Latin America :
The Saint Paul Institute (Cambodia);
The Universitaria Agustiniana - Uniagustiniana (Colombia);
The Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (Indonesia)
These new members are now part of the large IFCU family of 230 Catholic universities, reflecting today’s world by their diversity.
A warm welcome to them!
IFCU attended the 2019 Times Higher Education summit in London, November 27-28. For two full days, academics and leadership figures from universities across the United Kingdom and beyond gathered to reflect on broad public perceptions of higher education today and how “Changing the story” had become a necessity. Keynote speeches (in particular Kevin Fong, University College Hospital) highlighted the uncertainty of the future, with the unprecedented pace of change, the attack on facts and science, and what that implied for universities as institutions that have traditionally delivered knowledge.
On October 22nd, 2019, 11 teachers and caregivers took part in the first IFCU-Handicap Project outreach workshop in the Université Catholique de Lille, France.
On the occasion of the canonization of Cardinal Newman on October 13, the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) announces the creation of a new Benchmarking Framework that will enable Catholic universities to self-assess their social responsibility performance.