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>
Sydney, Australia—Though the cold season still embraced the land from Down-Under, the hosts for this year’s Annual Meeting gave their very warm welcome to the participants of the AJCU EAO. Hosted by Fr. Frank Brennan, S.J. and the Australian Province, the members of the AJCU EAO enjoyed Australian hospitality during their stay at Canisius College last 25-27 August 2009.
This year’s theme was Discerning and Acting on our Shared Jesuit Educational Mission in the Region: Moving Forward. The goal for this year’s meeting was to tackle together the question of Fr. Paul Locatelli, S.J., which was What is distinct in our Jesuit Educational Mission in the Region? The meeting also provided an avenue for updates on shared projects such as the Research Committee and the Service Learning Program. <read full text>
20 Days of Service, 20 Days of Learning, 20 Days of Fun — The 2009 Service Learning Program have concluded last 23 August 2009 but memories of the grand occasion still linger among the participants.
Under the theme Education for Constructive Dialogue, this year’s Service Learning Program was hosted by Sanata Dharma University last 3-23 August 2009. With 36 students and 15 faculty members from the various Jesuit Institutions in East Asia and Oceania, the program provided a dynamic synergy of learning, reflection and fun among SLP participants. <read full text>
26 June 2009—Dr. Byungdoo Sohn completed his 4-year term as President of Sogang University. Taking up the office helm is Professor Jong-wook Lee, a renowned scholar of ancient Korean history and a Sogang Alumnus. Prof. Lee is also the 13th President of Sogang University.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities extends its great gratitude to Dr. Sohn for his active involvement in the annual General Assemblies as well as in smaller collaborations and conferences. Dr. Sohn also served as Vice-Chair of the AJCU EAO since 2006.
The AJCU EAO also gives Sogang University’s new President, Professor Jong-wook Lee its warmest welcome!
April 2009—Fr. Florge Sy, SJ was elected as the new President of the Loyola College of Culion. Fr. Florge was ordained on 9 April 2005 at the Oratory of St. Ignatius, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University. He has been assigned to Palawan ever since… <read full text>
19 March 2009—Loyola University Chicago (LUC) officially began its business operation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Cardinal John Baptist Man of Saigon and Fr. Thomas Vu Quang Trung, SJ, Provincial Superior of Vietnam, were present during the blessing of the new office.
In partnership with the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training, the Loyola office in Vietnam will focus on three important areas: 1.) English as a Second Language (ESL) Education for health-care professionals, 2.) Leadership Programs for Vietnamese professionals and administrators, and 3.) Study-abroad Programs for U.S. students. <read full text>
Unscrupulous exploitation of natural resources and the environment degrade the quality of life; it destroys cultures and sinks the poor in misery. ‘Education for Constructive Dialogue’ is imperative for the youths 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.
The general framework of the exposure follows the core of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm including Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation cycle. The student will be first invited to establish proper perspective through a session that provides the context of the entire journey. It proceeds to the integration of actual community experience where conversation is facilitated and relationship is built. This stirs internal movements that will be the groundwork of the reflection where the individual contemplates and make lucid the disturbances that occur from their own experiences and experiences of others. The upshot of the reflection will then be taken as the initial thrust to create concrete action as a response to the gaps observed from the community experience. The action taken will then be reviewed and evaluated.
January 16, 2009
To all the HEI Presidents of AJCU-EAO:
Happy New Year!
We are still firming up the plans for our annual meeting this year. But please block off August 25-26 for our meeting. It will be in Sydney Australia. Plan to arrive there by noon of the 25th; we will begin our meeting formally in the evening. The ASEACCU Meeting is on August 27.
Fr. Paul Locatelli, Secretary to Fr. General for Higher Education, has a survey-letter for all Presidents, which we are sending you in connection with the forthcoming Meeting of Presidents (plus companion) of Jesuit HEIs in Mexico in 2010. The letter is self-explanatory.
Kindly respond soonest (long before Fr. Paul’s deadline of Feb 28th) so that we can collate the responses and send them in to Paul earliest.
Sincerely in Our Lord,
Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J
January 14, 2009
To: Presidents/Rectors of Jesuit higher
Through president of regional associations
(AJCU-EAO, AJCU, ASJEL, AUSJAL, JEA-HESA , Africa)
From: Paul Locatelli, Secretary for higher education
Re:International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education
As you likely know, we will have an international conference on Jesuit higher education with Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., Superior General. I hope that you will attend. Hence, please mark your calendar and respond to the some questions (below). Send your responses to the president of your regional association as soon as possible but no later than February 28. Thank you.