USJ participates in the 27th General Assembly of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
The University of Saint Joseph participated in the 27th General Assembly of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) held at Boston College, U.S.A., from 30 July to 3 August 2022.
The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) gathered with nearly 200 Catholic universities from around the world for the 27th General Assembly of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) from 30 July to 3 August 2022. USJ was represented by the Rector, Stephen Morgan, Vice-Rector, Álvaro Barbosa, and an international relations staff member at Boston College, U.S.A. where the General Assembly was hosted. The theme of the five-day Assembly was Legacy and Transformation in a World of Change: Catholic Higher Education and the Future.
USJ’s participation included presentations by the Rector Stephen Morgan and Vice-Rector Álvaro Barbosa. The Rector presented USJ to the Federation as one of two proposed venues for the next IFCU General Assembly in 2025, and Vice-Rector Barbosa presented in a later parallel session titled “Sciat Vt Serviat” Catholic University Serving the Society. The venue selected for the next General Assembly was the University of the Valley of Atemajac (UNIVA) in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Vice-Rector highlighted USJ’s environmental action to protect Macao’s Mangroves and social development work through the Prison Outreach Programme.
USJ joined IFCU in 2015 and since 2018 has been a member of the Federation’s regional body, the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU). The origins of the Federation date back to 1924 in Europe and it has since grown to include over 230 universities across six continents. IFCU serves as a collaborative platform for Catholic universities aimed at improving the quality of teaching, research, and service to society. IFCU is currently headquartered in Paris, France and led by President Isabel Gil, the Rector of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Catholic University of Portugal), which co-founded USJ in 1996.