Affiliations & Alliances










Current Position: Member and Executive Secretariat

Member since: 2018

The Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) is a regional association of Catholic Universities in countries within the Southeast and East Asian geographical area.

Besides contributing to educational dialogue on an international level beyond the Southeast and East Asian region, ASEACCU has the purpose of promoting Catholic higher education. ASEACCU members include Catholic higher education institutions in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and now Macao.

USJ has been elected Executive Secretariat of ASEACCU for the term of 2022 – 2025.

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2015

In 1924, the Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy) and the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) invited fellow Catholic universities to join in a Federation to discuss their specific issues. The Federation was created the following year, and held its first General Assembly at the Institut Catholique de Paris, in which 14 universities from various parts of the world were represented.

However, only after the Second World War did the Fœderatio Universitatum Catholicarum acquire official status. Founded by a Decree of the Holy See in 1948, it was recognised by Pope Pius XII in 1949 and has worked closely with the Congregation for Catholic Education ever since. The name International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) dates back to 1965.

Membership in IFCU Sectoral Groups:

As of 2020, USJ is also a member of the IFCU/FIUC Psychology Sectoral Group (IFCUP).

Rector of USJ Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan has been elected Vice President in the IFCU Administrative Board for the period of 2022-2025.


Current Position: Member

Member since: 2010

Founded in 1995, the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) presently has over 170 regular members from 28 countries and territories as well as five associate members consisting of regional organisations based in four countries. AUAP aims to stimulate the cooperation among universities in which to contribute the improvement of national systems of higher education, economic, social and human resources development, to mutual understanding and respect among people, and to strengthen their institutional capacity to serve society.

Rector of USJ Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan has been elected to the Executive Board of AUAP for the period of 2023 – 2024.


Current Position: Member

Member since: 1999

The Association of Portuguese Speaking Universities (AULP) covers more than 200 higher education institutions from Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, East-Timor and Macao, including Universities, Polytechnic Institutes and other Research Institutes as members. They also have Associate Members from Department of Portuguese in local higher education institutions of USA, France, Italy, etc. A Board of Administrators runs the Association with one President and four Vice-Presidents. AULP will hold an Annual Meeting by rotation among Portugal, Brazil, Africa and Macao.

AULP Introductory video

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2008

Founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. The International Association of Universities (IAU) aims to encourage universities and other higher education institutions as social institutions to promote, through teaching, research and services, the principles of freedom and justice, human dignity and solidarity, and contributes to the development of material and moral assistance for the strengthening of higher education.

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2010

Founded in Rome in April 1999; the creation of the World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy (COMIUCAP) was made official at the General Assembly at UNESCO, Paris, in March 2000. It is an emanation of IFCU, the world network of Catholic universities. Constitutionally, its members are the faculties and chairs of philosophy of the Catholic universities; at present, there are 60 members, representing 35 countries on the 5 continents. The aim of COMIUCAP is to promote exchange of information and cooperation in the fields of teaching and research, create and develop specific research areas, constitute a tool to develop philosophical research, work on situations and problems posed by contemporary society, encourage initiatives and exchange services.


Current Position: Member

Member since: 2010

Founded in 1964, the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions worldwide; include 38 countries, territories, and special administrative regions (S.A.R.). IAUP aims to strengthen the international mission and quality of education of these institutions, to promote global awareness and competence, peace and international understanding, and to facilitate the exchange of professional experience through conferences, seminars, publications, and commissions.



Current Position: Member

Member since: 2014

Founded in 1928 at the First International Conference of Social Work, held in Paris. It was initially comprised of 51 Schools, mostly in Europe, and was known as the International Committee.

The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), is the worldwide association of schools of social work, other tertiary level social work educational programmes, and social work educators. The IASSW promotes the development of social work education throughout the world, develops standards to enhance quality of social work education, encourages international exchange, provides forums for sharing social work research and scholarship, and promotes human rights and social development through policy and advocacy activities.


Current Position: Member

Member since: 2019

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a global association for professionals in advancement who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society.

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2022

The Higher Education Management Forum in Portuguese-speaking Countries and Regions (FORGES), is an institution that lives on cooperation, knowledge sharing and multiple experiences in the areas of academic life. With about five hundred associates, FORGES has, since the beginning, expanded the network of members.




Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance (GHMA) was established on November 15, 2016, and invited 26 elite higher education institutions (HEIs) from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao to join. Accordingly, the Alliance gained support from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong SAR, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Macao SAR, the Department of Education of Guangdong Province, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, the Education Bureau of Hong Kong SAR Government, and the Tertiary Education Services Office of the Macao SAR Government.

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Marine Science and Technology Innovation Alliance

The Alliance aims at training high-level marine talents of the region to promote sharing of marine resource technology, especially in the following areas of cooperation: marine science and technology, academic exchange, scientific research projects and use of marine scientific and technological advancements.

Alliance for Technological Innovation and Talent Development in Western Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

The Alliance was established by the University of Macau, the Wuyi University, and the Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College. Currently, it counts with the membership of 17 universities of the GBA.

The establishment of the Alliance aims to enhance the cooperation among the GBA in order to promote technology innovation and talent development.


Last Updated: January 15, 2024 at 12:18 pm