The Research Institute for Life and Culture at the Sogang University held International Conference concerning ‘How to define Life’ in Matthew Hall 9th floor, 12th and 13th of April. Conference themes included the views of the natural and social sciences as well as the variety of religious views on the meaning of life, its value, and the preservation of life and culture. Solutions to dehumanization and destruction of the environment threatening human life were further discussed.
This conference specially featured distinguished international executives working in Jesuit theological college of Australia, Papal seminary and religious Institute of India, and Catholic social science Institute of Germany.<read full text>
Growing a green campus is a new frontier for many Jesuit education institutions. From Healing A Broken World (HBW), the recommendations initially focus on Jesuit lifestyle and institutions, with the first recommendation as a good starting point that “Jesuit communities and apostolic works are invited to discern the management of our own institutions and to exchange and develop more ecologically sustainable lifestyles in our communities (HBW, Recommendation No 1).”
The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) resonate with this statement, and take the lead by implementing more integrated and sustained environmental management practices in Jesuit campuses. Also, the JCAP-Ecology and AJCU-AP identified the need for a training program for “campus managers” to sustain environmental campus management efforts with the hope of influencing others to do the same through levels of engagement and processes. <read full text>
Fr Matthias Joon-ho Chae SJ died suddenly, aged 57, on April 1 in his hometown, Daegu, in Korea. Fr Matthias oversaw the rapid expansion of the Society in Korea during the last 20 years. On completing his PhD in counseling in the USA, he was appointed Formation Delegate for the Korean Region. He was later Superior of the Korean Region and then the first Provincial of the Korean Province in 2005. Since 2009, Fr Matthias served as the first Formation Delegate for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.
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On March 23 and 24, Sophia University hosted a workshop of Environment and Climate Change Consortium Division from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP).
The Consortium was planned by AJCU-AP General Conference as part of Jesuit Higher Education Networking to cope with the world-wide challenges, and this is the first meeting of the Environment and Climate Change Consortium Division consisting of 8 universities and leaded by Sophia University. <read full text>
August 5-25, 2012
Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Service Learning Program (SLP) is one of the many programs of the AJCU-AP which focuses on providing a place for Jesuit university students in their efforts in applying the Ignatian Pedagogy in their everyday life. It is in an approach to teaching in Higher Education that is consistent with the pedagogy of Jesuit education. It attempts to link the academic studies with the practical experience of community service. It is effectively facilitated through relevant partnership between higher educational institutions and various social institutions both in the private and public sectors. In this approach, community experience is purposively integrated in the scholastic formation of the students. It is considered as the center of their learning and serves as an arena to do a share for development. In the end, it will bring about in the students a development that is geared towards a lifelong commitment to service and leadership.
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The Ateneo de Davao University hosted the 4th Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) on August 7-27, 2011, participated in by students and mentors coming from the network of Jesuit institutions in the Asia Pacific region. A total of thirty two (32) participants from the Ateneo de Davao University, Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan), Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Ateneo de Naga University in the Philippines, and from Universitas Sanata Dharma of Jogjakarta in Indonesia, the Elizabeth University of Music of Hiroshima in Japan, and Sogang University of Seoul in South Korea, gathered for a three-week interactive activities which exposed them into contemporary socio-cultural issues amidst environmental challenges of Davao through a series offora, workshops, cultural encounters,exposures, immersion, community service andreflection sessions.
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The Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) was hosted this year by Sophia University.
It brought together representatives from 11 of the 17 active association members: St. Michael’s Technical College -Surakarta (ATMI) and Sanata Dharma Univrsitity in Indonesia, Sogang University in Korea, the Elisabeth University of Music and Sophia University in Japan, and the Ateneo de Manila University, the Ateneo de Naga University, Xavier University, the Ateneo de Davao University, the Ateneo de Zamaboanga University and Loyola Colleges of Culion. <read full text>
The Ateneo de Davao University has released the announcement regarding the Service Learning Program with the theme, Education for Environmental Stewardship: A Model Towards Reconciliation with Creation.
The theme is a response to one of the key frontier agenda identified in the recent General Congregation of the Society of Jesus: reconciliation with creation, where the establishment of the right relationship with creation is a necessity.
The SLP this year will be held in various locations in Davao from 7-27 August 2011.
For questions, comments and information, please contact Mr. Ian Parcon or Ms Lilibeth Arcena at firstname.lastname@example.org (The Social Involvement Coordinating Office).
Sogang University of Korea hosted the first International Sports competition with Sophia University of Japan from the 12th to 14th of November at the main campus of Sogang in Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. SOFEX, a short word for Sogang-Sophia Festival of Exchange, includes matching games of soccer, tennis, baseball and basketball plus cheerleading performances from the performers of both schools. Sogang University has been in partnership with Sophia University since 1983, and both were established in the 20th century by the Jesuits. In addition, 2010 is meaningful for Sogang as they have just celebrated their 50th anniversary since its foundation as the one and only Jesuit College in South Korea. In this regard, Sogang planned this event as commemoration, and to leap globally, with another sister school among Jesuit Colleges abroad. <read full text>