International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) Conference at the University of Deusto, Spain

Assembly of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) 2018

July 9th – 12th
Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain

The Assembly of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) 2018 from the 9th to the 12th of July was attended by more than 300 rectors and leaders of the main Jesuit universities and colleges of the world and 21 of them are representing AJCU-AP. It was hosted by Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain. After the IAJU assembly, on the 13th of July the AJCU-AP delegates organized a conference in the same venue.

It was chaired by the Fr. General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa SJ, with the motto: “Transforming Our World Together”. The event features keynote speakers, such as Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Pankaj Mishra and Gaël Giraud SJ. During the meeting resolutions for the new governing board of IAJU was discussed and new possibilities for collaboration between universities, regional networks and the international association itself were analysed. There were also be moments of great symbolic significance, such as the signing and constitution of the new IAJU network in the Loyola Sanctuary.

The official website of the assembly is

It provides all documents, pictures, and videos of the assembly. The news section of the website ( provides day 1 to day 4 activities and summary of the keynote speeches. The Charter of IAJU that was signed by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the Secretary for Higher Education, and six representatives of the regional associations, including Johanes Eka Priyatma, Ph.D representing ACJU-AP is downloadable from .

The important documents such as, the keynote address from Fr. Arturo Sosa, Cardenal Ravesi, Opening Speech of King Felipe VI, and other speeches are available for download from . This link also provides other documents such as news letters and press releas from the assembly.

During the assembly two conversations were alloted for the AJCU-AP delegates to discuss the IAJU Charter and its priorities. The input and feedback for the Charter was presented by the CEO of AJCU-AP together with the representatives from other regions on the last day of the assembly. AJCU-AP delegates also voted for two representatives, Johanes Eka Priyatma and Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin to become the representatives in IAJU. On day 3, all AJCU-AP delegates had a 45 minutes conversation with The Father General Arturo Sosa before celebrating mass at Basilica of Loiola. The closing mass at the Gothic Chappel of Deusto and dinner at Deusto University concluded the assembly. Photos and videos of the event can be found in the following link:



Library Training for Instituto São João de Brito Staff at Sanata Dharma University Library

Monday (14/5), a representative from Instituto São João de Brito, East Timor, started his first training at Sanata Dharma University library. This training is one of the cooperation between Sanata Dharma University and Instituto São João de Brito where both are in the AJCU-AP (Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific).

The training was represented by Mr. Castilo Atino S. Viera as library staff of Instituto São João de Brito and organized by the Bureau of Cooperation and International Relations (BKHI). Before starting the training, Mr. Castilo Atino S. Viera was welcomed by the Rector of USD Johanes Eka Priyatma, M.Sc., Ph.D. and the Head of Sanata Dharma University Library Drs. Paul Suparmo, S.S., M. Hum. Then, the training begins with material delivery from the USD library.

The training will be held for 2 weeks starting from 14th – 25th May 2018. The materials for this training are library management and policy of library, collection development, processing, library automation / computerization using SliMS application, library service, and preservation of library collection. This training material adapts to the needs of Instituto São João de Brito because this institution officially opened in 2016 so it still needs lots of development in terms of education and other fields.

Sanata Dharma University hopes that once the training is completed, representatives from Instituto São João de Brito can return to their institution of origin and apply what has been obtained at Sanata Dharma University related to library management and hope that with this training, the cooperation between Sanata Dharma University and Instituto São João de Brito will continue to grow both in education and in other fields. (RMZ)

AJCU-AP Sustainability of Life Project

As a continuation of the JCAP Conference on Sustainability in 2016, the AJCU-AP Sustainability of Life Project was held at Sanata Dharma University from March 7, 2018 to March 9, 2018 in which the main concern is being environmentally friendly not only on campus, but also in society. Representatives from Ateneo de Manila (Philippines), Ateneo de Davao (Philippines), Xavier University (Philippines), Instituto São João de Brito (East Timor), Politeknik ATMI Surakarta (Indonesia), and Sanata Dharma University (Indonesia) participated in this project.

This meeting was moderated by Benny Hari Juliawan, SJ. The first day of the meeting was opened by an introduction by SDU Rector, Johanes Eka Priyatma, M.Sc., Ph.D., explaining the result of the previous JCAP Conference in 2016 which was based on several concerns, and how it is expected that this will be a collaborative project which will be able to impact a wider audience to promote sustainable lifestyles. Then, each university presented their environmental concerns which are happening on and off campus. There were numerous concerns faced by the different countries regarding the environment’s situations, which included rivers, dry land, wastes, natural disaster impacts, and so on.

What realizations are able to be done in order to fulfill the goals of this project were discussed on the second day. The participants were teamed up to focus on a targeted audience assigned for each team to discuss what are the appropriate actions to take. Finally, after the groups ideas were presented thoroughly about the programs, Ms. Carmela Marie M. Santos-Belisario from Ateneo de Davao University was appointed as a coordinator for this project. The last day was closed by sightseeing the city of Yogyakarta.

Consortium of Jesuit Education School/Faculties

The Asia Pacific Jesuit Education Consortium

As one of the Jesuit universities, Sanata Dharma University hosted the Asia Pacific Jesuit Education Consortium. Participated in by 10 Jesuit institutions from 6 different countries in Asia Pacific, the consortium was held on 30-31 October 2017 at Kadarman Room, Sanata Dharma University. The institutions who participated in the consortium were Instituto de Britto (East Timor), Sophia University (Japan), St. Aloysius Gonzaga English Language Institute (Myanmar), Ateneo de Davao University (Philippines), Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), Ateneo de Naga University (Philippines), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (Philippines), Xavier University (Philippines), Xavier Learning Community (Thailand), and Sanata Dharma University. Continue Reading →

The Presidents of Asia Pacific University and College Meeting in Thailand

The Presidents of Asia Pacific Universities and Colleges Meeting was held in Chiang Rai, Thailand at XLC (Xavier Learning Community). The meeting was held for two days on the 18th and 19th of August 2017.

There were 32 delegates from each university and college who are the members of AJCU-AP (The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific). They are the delegates from Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Korea, China, Thailand, and Australia. The meeting aimed to discuss the progress and the challenges faced by each member of AJCU-AP, and the current issues related to the universities’ and colleges’ development.  Continue Reading →

AJCU-AP Service Learning Program 2012 One Earth Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation

Sanata Dharma University as the host of SLP 2012, presented the theme “One Earth Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation.” This theme is embracing two global concerns: environment and religious pluralism, which is highlighting on understanding the socio-ecological issues, based on the experiential learning in various religious communities.

Environment is selected as the theme of SLP 2012, since it is still becoming a major concern, globally and locally. Located in the ring of fire, Indonesia, especially Yogyakarta is not new to natural disaster. In fact, the people living surrounding Mt. Merapi are still recovering from its last eruption in 2010. Religious pluralism is also selected as Indonesia is well-known for being multi-cultural and multi-religious, which sometimes also becomes the root of many conflicts in Indonesia, as well as the glue that brings people together. Continue Reading →

Service Learning Program 2009 – Education of Constructive Dialogue

Unscrupulous exploitation of natural resources and the environment degrade the quality of life; it destroys cultures and sinks the poor in misery. ‘Education of Constructive Dialogue’ is imperative for the Youth formation especially in a rich and multicultural country, like Indonesia yet lack of appreciation of nature and cultures.  The richness of both nature and culture within local and national context challenge the community to build a constructive dialogue. The classic understanding of ‘tolerance’ has been proved to be inadequate or was considered minimal in dealing with the growing social problem. Sanata Dharma University, in a mutual effort with the communities offers an opportunity for the students from every discipline to develop their conscience, commitment and compassion with those in need. It takes the participants to communities and institutions partnered by the academic institution in its pursuit to facilitate the student to construct their ability in promoting dialogue through working out a program or internship in specific social circumstances, villages or rural areas around the Campus. The goal of Education of Constructive Dialogue is to draw the student experiencing to be women and men for and with others.

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