WG7: Rethinking Internationalisation
of Higher Education

 

 

This Working Group promotes the mapping of practices of IoHE aiming at improving international understanding and reciprocity in cross-border Higher Education carried out in the SACRU Universities representative of different geographical areas. The task is to investigate, in a comparative perspective, the underpinning principles, the agents involved, the governance structures and the ultimate goals of those experiences of IoHE, which may be conducive to alternative and more inclusive approaches to internationalization for the Common Good.

This project aims to offer alternative perspectives on internationalisation against a fragile geopolitical background by providing both an empirical and theoretical contribution to the current debate on definitions of internationalisation. Adherence to the construction of internationalisation as physical student mobility has contributed to a narrow vision for internationalisation, enabling a continued over-emphasis on elite Anglo-European perspectives in international education. Broader conceptualisations of internationalisation are necessary, including thinking about the role of knowledge generation as an integral part of internationalisation.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE WG7

Gerardo Blanco (Co-Chair)

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Boston College

Rita Locatelli (Co-Chair)

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Amanda Murphy

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Catherine Montgomery

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Naoki Umemiya

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Sophia University

Takehito Kamata

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Sophia University

Miki Sugimura

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Sophia University

Daniela Veliz Calderon

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Ana Luisa Muñoz

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

WG6: Gender Equity in the University

 

 

This interdisciplinary Group was created to advance gender equity in SACRU member Universities. Since its institution, the Group has: 

  • Collected copies of existing university gender equity plans
  • European members presented an overview of their university gender plans
  • Assessed how SACRU member universities are performing across a range of standard metrics

The main goal of the Group in the long term is to identify best practices, including a leadership mentorship model. 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE WG6

Summer Hawkins (Co-Chair)

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Boston College

Matteo Avogaro (Co-Chair)

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Anna Gines

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Anna Berga Timoneda

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Isabel Gil

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Carla Ganito

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Claudia Manzi

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Lilian Ferrer

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Silvana Zanlungo

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Pilar Bonta

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Marcia Nina Bernardes

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Lourdes Maria Silva de Souza

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Mari Miura

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Sophia University

Anna Phillips

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Australian Catholic University

SACRU-Centesimus Annus research “More Women’s Leadership” was  presented at Expo Dubai

Promoted by the Centesimus Annus Foundation and SACRU, the scientific initiative aims to identify a new model for social inclusion directed at breaking down the barriers that hinder women’s access to top positions. The final results of the survey will be premiered to the Holy Father

 

On Sunday 6th, March 2022, at 6. p.m. Dubai Time (3 p.m. CET), the Italian Pavilion at the Universal Expo in Dubai hosted the presentation of the international research project “More Women’s Leadership for a Better World.” The project is a joint initiative realized by Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation (CAPPF) and SACRU.

The event preceded World Women’s Day by two days. It was attended in Dubai by Franco Anelli, Rector of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, SACRU Secretary-General, Isabel Capeloa Gil, Rector of the Universidade Catòlica Portuguesa,  and Silvia Rigato, Managing Director at Accenture. Anna Maria Tarantola, President of the CAPP Foundation, and Lisa Sowle Cahill, Professor of Ethics at Boston College, were present remotely. Aida Al Busaidy, Senior Advisor at the Dubai Economic and Tourism Department, moderated the presentation.

As the full title indicates – “More Women’s leadership for a better world: care as a driver for our Common Home” – the research project aims to identify a new model of solidarity, inclusion, and sustainable development, which focuses precisely on the increased presence of women in decision-making roles. It is also about women who show a remarkable ability to carefully provide for the needs of people and the planet and care for the common good with a long-term vision. These characteristics are essential in the current health, environmental and social crisis context. The research is conducted in ten countries – where the SACRU and Centesimus members are based – and the final results will be presented after the summer at the Holy See.

SACRU-Centesimus Annus research “More Women’s Leadership” was  presented at Expo Dubai

Promoted by the Centesimus Annus Foundation and SACRU, the scientific initiative aims to identify a new model for social inclusion directed at breaking down the barriers that hinder women’s access to top positions. The final results of the survey will be premiered to the Holy Father

 

On Sunday 6th, March 2022, at 6. p.m. Dubai Time (3 p.m. CET), the Italian Pavilion at the Universal Expo in Dubai hosted the presentation of the international research project “More Women’s Leadership for a Better World.” The project is a joint initiative realized by Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation (CAPPF) and SACRU.

The event preceded World Women’s Day by two days. It was attended in Dubai by Franco Anelli, Rector of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, SACRU Secretary-General, Isabel Capeloa Gil, Rector of the Universidade Catòlica Portuguesa,  and Silvia Rigato, Managing Director at Accenture. Anna Maria Tarantola, President of the CAPP Foundation, and Lisa Sowle Cahill, Professor of Ethics at Boston College, were present remotely. Aida Al Busaidy, Senior Advisor at the Dubai Economic and Tourism Department, moderated the presentation.

As the full title indicates – “More Women’s leadership for a better world: care as a driver for our Common Home” – the research project aims to identify a new model of solidarity, inclusion, and sustainable development, which focuses precisely on the increased presence of women in decision-making roles. It is also about women who show a remarkable ability to carefully provide for the needs of people and the planet and care for the common good with a long-term vision. These characteristics are essential in the current health, environmental and social crisis context. The research is conducted in ten countries – where the SACRU and Centesimus members are based – and the final results will be presented after the summer at the Holy See.

WG5: Best Science for a Nourished Planet

 

 

This interdisciplinary group is composed of professors and students in food engineering, food science, and biotechnology to address specific objectives:

1)   To study and analyze real-life problems associated with food products development.

2)   To identify and compare the current food safety regulations in each country.

3)   To assess the importance of food safety in the development of innovative food products.

4)   To create a space for students’ exchange.

To foster international cooperation between different Universities and Research Centers, the International Food Safety Working Group aims to discuss relevant issues in developing innovative food products and their food safety regulations.

The group’s activities will be focused on once-a-month lectures (online and following the flipped class methodology), guided by representatives of each University, and student group discussions. The lectures and discussion will focus on product development and general characteristics, risk assessment, hazard characterization, mitigation, and regulation compliance.

Students will attend the lectures, work on the assigned topic (in teams), and present results following a predetermined structure. Initial activities will focus on new food products from cultured laboratory meat.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE WG5

Daniel Garrido (Co-Chair)

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

 

Pedro Bouchon (Co-Chair)

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Wendy Franco

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Eugenia Olivares

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Fernando Mardones

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Bo Wang

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Australian Catholic University

Glenn Gaudette

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Boston College

Thais Louise Gurjão de Carvalho

 

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Paula Teixeira

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Alicia Orta Ramirez

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Xavier Ortiz

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Pablo Leivar

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Paolo Ajmone Marsan

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Pier Sandro Cocconcelli

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

WG4:Artificial Intelligence, Agency
and the Human Person

 

This group examines the nature of AI, and ethical challenges related to AI, focusing on fundamental questions such as:​

  • What does it mean to be an agent, and how are agency and receptivity intertwined?​
  • What is the relationship between agency and life, or between agency and (self)consciousness? ​
  • What are the distinctive features of human agency?
  • How does agency related to meaning in life and to well-being? 
  • Which aspects of human agency could (or should) be supplemented by intelligent machines? 
  • What applications of AI may frustrate ethically significant aspect of human agency?

MEMBERSHIP OF THE WG4

Micah Lott (Co-Chair)

 

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Boston College

William Hasselberger (Co-Chair)

 

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Wolfgang Bongers

 

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Edgar de Brito Lyra Netto

 

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Tad Gonsalves

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Sophia University

Bruno Nobre

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Elisabet Golobardes Ribe

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Giuseppe Riva

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Ciro De Florio

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Sam Baron

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Australian Catholic University

WG3: Family Life

 

The main topics of this Working Group are: Year Family Amoris Laetitia; Foster Families; Care and Adoption. As far as the former is concerned, there are three points to study:

  1. Being parents today
  2. Family as a social Subject
  3. Couples in crisis

With regards to Foster Families Care and Adoption, the Working Group will have the opportunity to make use of the diversity of countries represented by its members.

 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE WG3

Anna Maria Vilaregut Puigdesens (Co-Chair)

 

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Carles Pérez Testor (Co-Chair)

 

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Jessica Black

 

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Boston College

Carmen Domínguez

 

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Daniela Vargas

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Rokuro Tabuchi

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Sophia University

Pedro Dias

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Vânia Sousa Lima

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Elisabetta Carrà

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Rosa Rosnati

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Internationalisation SubCommittee

 

The Internationalisation SubCommittee’s role is to support and advise the SACRU Executive on internationalisation and to report on key global issues in higher education. Specifically, Sub Committee has responsibility for developing initiatives that enable active and ongoing student and staff collaboration between member institutions, with a strong focus on research.

Lines of action:

  • To develop SACRU’s Internationalisation Strategy and enabling projects to implement the SACRU Strategy and to support student, staff and higher degree research collaboration between member institutions.
  • To provide recommendations to the SACRU Executive regarding international program and policy development, and the roles of and responsibilities for SACRU members in matters relating to internationalisation.
  • To monitor and report on the implementation of SACRU’s Internationalisation Strategy and provide advice to the SACRU Executive in relation to issues that may arise in relation to the strategy’s implementation.
  • To monitor and report to the SACRU Executive on areas of risk that may impact on SACRU’s international collaborations and develop plans and actions aimed at risk minimisation.

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Chris Riley (Chair)

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Australian Catholic University

Bronwyn Bartsch

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Australian Catholic University

James Keenan

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Boston College

Thomas Chiles

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Boston College

Diego Cosmelli

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Pedro Bouchon

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Carlo Franzato

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Takehito Kamata

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Sophia University

Tetstuo Morishita

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Sophia University

Isabel Vasconcelos

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Carlo Gallucci

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Edilio Mazzoleni

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Pier Sandro Cocconcelli

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

WG2: Catholic Identity and Laudato Si’, The Common Home and Social Justice

 

 

This interdisciplinary group came to life to integrate Laudato Si’ Principles in the heart of SACRU Universities through research, teaching, and service. Three objectives are considered for the work of this group in the following couple of years:

  1. Create evidence on how LS is integrated with our campus life
  2. Strengthen the role of our universities in research and public engagement-thus promoting LS principles outside the university
  3. Establish a dialogue with secular universities.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE WG2

Lilian Ferrer (Chair)

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Philip Landrigan

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Boston College

Tara Pisani Gareau

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Boston College

Ana Luiza Nobre

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Catalina Gerstmann

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Claudia Pabón

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Román Guridi

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

María Manzon

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Sophia University

Roberto Zoboli

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Paolo Gomarasca

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Roberto Maier

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Jacqui Remond

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Australian Catholic University

Alba Sabaté

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Ignasi Boada

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Daniel Esparza

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Universitat Ramon Llull

José Manuel Pereira de Almeida

 

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

WG1: Vulnerability and HealthCare

 

After reflection on the results of its previous mandate (Exploring Vulnerability in Responding to Covid-19), Working Group 1 has taken on a new topic “Vulnerability and Healthcare”. The new topic builds on themes from the group’s working paper “Vulnerability in the Time of Covid-19” (February 2021), published in English, Italian and Spanish.

Read the paper

The group aims to encourage interdisciplinary explorations of vulnerability in contemporary healthcare ranging from the clinical and ethical problems encountered at the level of the relationship between doctor and patient, through to broader systemic issues such as health policy and economics.

 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE WG1

David Kirchhoffer (Chair)

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Australian Catholic University

James Keenan

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Boston College

Luca Valera

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Aleksandra Glos

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

J. Landeira-Fernandez

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Luis Anunciação

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

André Azevedo Alves

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Mar Rosàs

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Elena Carrillo

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Universitat Ramon Llull

Simona Beretta

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore