SLP 2010: Cambodia

It’s that time of the year again where students and faculty from various Jesuit colleges and universities get together to celebrate cultural diversity, spirituality, and socio-environmental immersion. This year, Sophia University of Japan will host the program in Siem Reap Cambodia this 8-21 August 2010 under the theme:  Preserving Culture, A Way for Preserving Identity<read full text>

Request for Prayers for the soul of Fr. Paul Locatelli, S.J. (1938-2010)

Fr. Paul Locatelli, S.J. was the Secretary of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education. He died of pancreatic cancer last July 12, 2010.

Fr. Locatelli was certainly one of the giants of the Society of Jesus in Jesuit education.  It was he who organized the recent International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education, “Shaping the Future,” in Mexico City.

AJCU EAO to Participate in International Conference in Mexico

Twenty-eight (28) participants coming from the East Asia and Oceania region will join in the International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education (ICJHE) at the Universidad Iberoamericana this coming 22-24 April 2010 in Mexico City.

With the theme Networking Jesuit Higher Education for the Globalizing World: Shaping the Future for a Humane, Just, Sustainable Globe, Most Rev. Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, stated in the ICJHE website that the international conference aims 1.) to advance Jesuit higher education and the intellectual apostolate, and 2.) to create and implement a network that can continue the discussion and analysis of frontier challenges.  <read full text>

Service Learning Program 2010

Letter from Prof. Ishizawa

8 April 2010

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure, as president of Sophia University, Tokyo, to invite your universities to participate in the Service Learning Program set up this year by Sophia:


Tribal Culture, Family Culture, Historical Culture, Environmental Culture…

The Program will take place in August in Thailand and Cambodia. For the past years our Student Center had set up a small summer program in these countries.

Cambodia is a country with cordial links to our university. In Siem Riep our Sophia Mission has four years been a place not only of archeology but also of monument preservation, a place where young Cambodians can learn how to care for their cultural heritage. The discovery of Buddha statues led to the construction of a museum sponsored by Aeon and handed over to the Cambodian State. It will be my pleasure to welcome your students personally in this beautiful cultural landscape.
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Season's Greetings, Updates, and Call for Feedback on Regional Challenges

Letter from the AJCU-EAO Chair

14 December 2009

To All the Members of the AJCU EAO:

As the coming of the Messiah nears, we have been invited to rejoice!

We rejoice also in the blessings the Lord has given us in our shared participation in the intellectual apostolate or in the higher educational apostolate of the Society of Jesus in East Asia and Oceania! Thank you for all you do to make this apostolate fruitful and to enhance our collaboration in mission!

Even as Christmas and the New Year approach we continue to prepare for the International Conference for Jesuit Higher Educational with its theme, “Shaping the Future,” to be held in Mexico City from 22 to 24 of April, 2010.  <read full text>

ICJHE Meets to Finalize Plans for International Conference of Jesuit Higher Education

The forthcoming International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education (Conference) was the focus of the meeting of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education (IVJHE) convened by Fr. Paul Locatelli,  S.J., Secretary for Higher Education to Very Rev. Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, General Superior of the Society of Jesus, last 16-18 October in the Jesuit Curia, Rome.

The Committee reviewed the program for the forthcoming Conference, and adjusted it to insure that the Conference would not end with inspirational speeches and empty resolutions, but would provide real opportunity for networking and collaboration among Jesuit Higher Educational Institutions and Jesuits in the Intellectual Apostolate after the Conference.
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International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education

Letter of the AJCU-EAO Chair

31 October 2009

To All the Members of the AJCU EAO:

Christ’s Peace!

As was announced during our General Assembly in Sydney, the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education (ICJHE) of Fr. General, chaired by Fr. Paul Locatelli, met at the Jesuit Curia in Rome last October 16-18, 2009.  While the meeting included a discussion of the Intellectual Apostolate which had recently been entrusted to ICJHE by Father General, the main focus of the meeting was the forthcoming International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education (Conference) to be held in Mexico City, Mexico at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) on April 22-24, 2010.

Please already block off these dates plus traveling time on your calendar.  You may already wish to be making travel arrangements for yourself and your companion.  <read full text>

Meeting of AJCU EAO International Program Directors 2009

The participants from nine (9) universities from five (5) different countries in the East Asia region were warmly welcomed of this year’s meeting of AJCU EAO International Directors held last 16-17 December 2009 at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Dr. Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo, Director of the Office of International Programs of AdMU, formally opened the meeting with her welcome remarks, followed by introductions from the participants. Sanata Dharma University (SDU) of Indonesia initiated the discussion with a report regarding their successful hosting of the Service Learning Program. They presented their process of the program as well as showed pictures and video testimonials from the participating students, all of whom gave positive feedbacks. A report and proposal from Sophia University of Japan followed, giving the Service Learning Program in 2010 an exciting twist: instead of the usual tradition of a school hosting the program in their own country, next year’s SLP will be held in Thailand and Cambodia.   <read full text>

Jesuit Conference for Asia Pacific Proposals for Action Arising from JCAP Consults, November 2009 [PDF]

Memo of the Secretary for Higher Education

October 29, 2009

To:      Presidents/Rectors of Jesuit Higher Education institutions
From    Paul Locatelli, S.J
Re:      Conference on Jesuit Higher Education /
Mexico April 22-24, 2010

This letter provides the latest information to presidents/rectors and colleagues regarding the international conference with Father Adolfo Nicolás at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City.  The title of the conference is: “Networking Jesuit Higher Education for the Globalizing World.”  The aim is
shaping the future
for a more humane, just, sustainable globe.  The principal purpose is manifold:  to enhance Jesuit education for students and research by faculty; to strengthen distinctive identity and mission; to better serve society and  the Church; to collaborate among universities and with other Jesuit ministries, and to improve the global network of Jesuit higher education.  It is also a time for us to hear Father Nicolás speak about his vision for Jesuit higher education and the intellectual apostolate.

The proposed program is attached; please note it includes (1) a plenary session with Father Adolfo Nicolás, (2) a panel of six presidents/rectors reflecting on regional challenges, (3) a discussion of identity and mission, and presentations on (4) the Jesuit Commons and on (5) three frontier challenges, namely, (a) theology, science and culture; (b) markets, inequality and poverty, and (c) ecology and sustainability.  I urge that you invite a faculty member to accompany you who is engaged in one of the three frontier challenges.  <read full text>