Welcome to SACRU

Strategic alliance of catholic research universities


Founding member universities

Australian Catholic University

Boston College

Pontificia Universidad Catòlica de Chile

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Sophia University

Universidade Catòlica Portuguesa

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Universitat Ramon Llull

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SACRU research activity is focused on challenging transdisciplinary topics with high impact on society and academic reputation. Research collaboration across member Universities is promoted, facilitated and encouraged.

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Higher Education

The promotion of joint programs (Summer and Winter Schools, training courses, seminars) and joint/double degrees is a crucial SACRU objective. The programs are devoted both to undergraduate students and PhD candidates.


A key purpose of SACRU is to support internationalization of education and share areas of best practice as well as to promote research internationalization. Scholar, student and staff mobility and virtual mobility are encouraged.


One of the main objectives of SACRU is to promote visibility of the Alliance universities through service to the society and by making known and divulgating their excellence, in terms of work developed by the community of students, professors, researchers and staff.


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About Us

The Strategic Alliance of Catholic Universities is a network of universities dedicated to research and teaching excellence, engagement and global collaboration informed by Catholic social teaching


Our mission is to foster global cooperation amongst the partners with the goal of advancing world leading knowledge and higher education for the common good.

This strategic mission is to allow our partner Universities to glean inspiration from the international best practice of peer institutions and to contribute to the development of a brand beyond its walls.


A leading network of Catholic universities supporting leadership and education.

We identified and designed six priority lines:

  1. Reinforce the link between faith and reason in the digital age

  2. Enhance Research for the Common Good

  3. Promote Global Education

  4. Develop Digital Transformation

  5. Accelerate Interdisciplinarity in Education and Research

  6. Contribute to Knowledge and Technological Transfer

The Governing Board

The Governing Board has responsibility for strategic, operational and financial oversight of SACRU.

Josep Maria Garrell

Rector of Universitat Ramon Llull

Ignacio Sánchez Díaz

Vice President
Rector of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Zlato Skirbis

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Australian Catholic University

William P. Leahy

Boston College

Josafá Carlos de Siqueira

Rector of Universidade Catòlica do Rio de Janeiro

Prof. Yoshiaki Terumichi

President of Sophia University

Prof. Isabel Capeloa Gil

Rector of Universidade Catòlica Portuguesa

Prof. Franco Anelli

Rector of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has responsibility for developing and coordinating SACRU activities, events and initiatives under the strategic direction of the Governing Board.

Prof. Pier Sandro Cocconcelli

Vice Rector for Internationalization of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Chris Riley

Pro Vice-Chancellor
Global and Education Pathways

Australian Catholic University

Wayne McKenna

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research
Australian Catholic University

James Keenan

Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Boston College

Thomas Chiles

Vice Provost for Research and Academic Planning
Boston College

Pedro Bouchon

Vice Rector for Research
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Lillian Ferrer

Vice-Rector for International Affairs
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Luiz Felipe Guanaes Rego

Director of NIMA
Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro

Danilo Souza Filho

Central Coordinator of Internationalization
Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro

Kazuhiro Ema

Vice President for Research Affairs
Sophia University

Miki Sugimura

Vice President for Global Academic Affairs
Sophia University

Peter Hanenberg

Vice Rector Research and Innovation
Universidade Catòlica Portuguesa

Isabel Vasconcelos

Vice-Rector for Global Education
Universidade Catòlica Portuguesa

Roberto Zoboli

Vice Rector for Research
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Carlo Gallucci

Vice-rector for International Relations and Students
Universitat Ramon Llull

Josep A. Rom

Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation
Universitat Ramon Llull