St. Mikhael's Technical Academy of Manufacturing Engineering, ATMI
(Jawa Tengah, Indonesia)
Loyola School of Theology
(Quezon City, Philippines)
Loyola Center in Vietnam (Loyola University in Chicago - Vietnam Office)
Jesuits & Lay Partners in Campus Ministry (Quezon City, Philippines)
Higher Education Group in Australia (Australia)
Loyola College of Culion (Palawan, Philippines)
Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ on Jesuit Higher Education Talk delivered during the Annual Meeting of
AJCU-AP, Sogang University Seoul, South Korea. August 21, 2013
Let me begin by explaining to those of you, who are not aware, of a recent event in the Society of Jesus. Just three (3) weeks ago, on July 31st, the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pope Francis celebrated mass with the Jesuits to honor the feast of Saint Ignatius in the Gesuchurch in the middle of Rome. Father General Adolfo Nicolas wrote to us that it wasa very moving reunion of Pope Francis and the Society, and that it was a very moving experience to be there in the Gesu.Father General talked about the simplicity, the directness, and the warmth of this Pope. All of us are aware (I think it is not undiplomatic to say) that he has a different style, and the style, I feel, is going to help us because with the Church under Pope Francis, we can hope and increasingly move forward. The Church, I think, will be less Western and less focused on places like Europe and the United States, and increasingly looking to the South and to the East for the “Will of God”, for “What is the work to be done?” And I think the simplicity, the directnessand the attention to the poor (that is going to be characteristic of this Papacy) is actually going to serve us because it will make us appeal, and appear to be more reachable for the people. <read full text>
The 13th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) in Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea. August 20-21, 2013
The 13th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) was held in Sogang University from 20 to 21 of August 2013.
The meeting began with a welcome dinner at the Steve Kim Hall of the Arrupe Building in Sogang University. Prof. Jae H. Roe, DIrector of the Office of International Affairs and representative of Sogang University to AJCU-AP, welcomed the participants. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ gave a status report of the AJCU-AP highlighting on the Regional Consortia created in 2010, Service Learning Program, Responsible Leadership Program, Growing a Green Campus Program, Education Assistance to the Myanmar Mission, and AJCU-AP Assistance to the victims of Typhoon Bopha. Fr. Tabora also gave an overview of the meeting and noted that of the 17 charter and regular members, 16 higher education institutions and endeavors from 7 countries are represented by 20 delegates. Among the delegates are 11 CEOs which means there is a quorum.
Dinner was served and welcome toasts were given by Prof. Ki-Pung Yoo, President of Sogang University, and Fr. Won-Sik Sin, SJ, Provincial Superior of the Korean Province of the Society of Jesus. <read full text>
AJCUAP Chairman’s Report Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J.
August 21, 2013, Sogang University
At the outset I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our hosts: Fr. Jung Taek Kim, S.J., Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sogang University; Dr. Ki Pung Yoo, President of Sogang University; Dr. Jae H. Roe, Vice President for International Affairs, and Mr. Wan Rai “David” Cho.
As Chair of the AJCU-AP, it is my privilege in Sogange to welcome you all to this Annual Meeting.
At the outset I would like to welcome Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J, Assistant of Fr. General Nicolas for Higher Education.
We are also very privileged to welcome Rev. Fr. Friedrich Bechina, Undersecretary of the Vatican’s Sacred Congregation of Catholic Schools.
Happily, we are blessed with the special envoys of two “friends in the Lord” in Rome, of Fr. General Nicolas and of His Holiness, Pope Francis. Both shall have opportunity to give us their special messages.<read full text>
My SLP Experience Mary Joy Conquilla
"When it's over, it's over." Well it's not over for me yet. I still hear the voices for others vividly, as if they are just beside me talking. (no I'm not crazy) I miss those late night conversations, the hugs, the laughs, everything.
I was really worried at first if will I really join SLP or not, I mean 20 days? I am going to miss a lot of lessons within those 20 days. But people pushed and encouraged me, they told me that I will never get the experience (SLP experience) anywhere else so I did try it.
"Let the experience reveal itself." What I experienced in SLP was nothing that I expected. I never thought that in my whole existence, I'll be doing things like mixing cement, painting and cutting steel bars, putting cement on walls and those kinds of things for a family that I did not know well. I guess it's the innate feeling in us to help those in need. The construction experience for me was THE BEST experience for me. I was like another person doing those heavy works just for the Casungcad Family, my desire for them to live comfortably. it was not easy though, my body was already complaining but my will was still so strong so I never gave up. the turn over day, I almost cried after Aling Corazon stated her last sentence. She said something about, "Ang Diyos na ang bahalang magbalik sa inyo sa magandang bagay na nagawa nyo para sa amin." It was just then that I realized, WOW, I made someone a house. It was not about how much or how hard you worked, it is about you doing SOMETHING to finish the house for the family.
The immersion was another story. It was also my first time doing such thing and it was really memorable. We had the most lovable family in the whole world and I thank SLP because I was able to meet people like them in my life. they taught me how to family family in so many ways. Parting ways with them was so heartbreaking, but I promised to still communicate with them so I'm good with that.
SLP made me into a PERSON, a Person For others and With others. I thank everyone that shared this very significant phase in my life. I can never learn those things inside a classroom or by just reading it. SLP made me realize that we are all poor in different ways but we should not dwell and be sad about it. Instead, do something about it and maybe completely change it. "Love For The Poor", SLP taught me how to love unconditionally and genuinely. THANK YOU, SLP.
2013 AJCU-AP Annual Meeting
General Information for Participants
Dear AJCU-AP Participants,
We are very honored to welcome you to the AJCU-AP annual meeting this August. Please carefully confirm the following information for attending AJCU-AP 2013.
SLP 2013 Theme: Love for the Poor (August 5-25, 2013)
“Love for the Poor,” is the theme for the Service Learning Program of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Asia Pacific in 2013. We return to the Philippines. The archipelago is home of 94.85 million Filipinos (World Bank 2011), where 26.5% are in poverty (World Bank 2009). Since the historic and world known Edsa Revolution in 1986 nothing has changed. Poverty remains to be the most critical issue today.
Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU) is known for its Ignatian Formation Program. The IFP has four program dimensions: personal, community/institutional, work/profession, and social. In SLP 2013, the Social Dimension will be given emphasis and focus. The social dimension in the framework is described as Social Spirituality. This focuses on the formation of the person and his/her relationship with the society and the world.
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Fr Antonio Moreno SJ, a Cagayanon, and presently the President of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, is the 11th Provincial Superior of the Philippine Jesuits. He received his appointment from the Superior General, Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ. Fr Tony succeeds Fr Jose Cecilio Magadia, SJ who will be assigned in Rome as the new General Assistant for Formation. Fr Tony finished grade school, high school, and college at Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan. He joined the Jesuits in 1983 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. Before his assignment in Zamboanga, he taught social sciences at Xavier University and later served as Dean (Arts and Sciences) and Vice President for Social Development.
Fr Tony will begin his term as Provincial on June 12, 2013.
Please help in relief efforts! Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J. (7 December 2012)
Many young people at ADDU have told me that Typhoon Pablo was the first time they’d ever experienced a typhoon. It was Signal 2 in Davao City and Signal 3 in Samal. Bottom line, however, is: most in Davao City were left unscathed.
The media however has carried heart-rending images of suffering and devastation in the wake of Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. I uploaded some pics taken by Vinci Bueza, Nikki Ayubo and Brent Jimenez from Comval in Facebook. A video is in the making. Yesterday, already in Carmen, Davao del Norte, people could be seen in makeshift tents on the side of the highway. They were escaping floods which had inundated their rice fields and their homes – and crocodiles, which their area is known for.
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The 12th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities – Asia Pacific (AJCUAP) in FuJen University, Taipei, Taiwan, 21-22 August, 2012.
The 12th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities – Asia Pacific (AJCUAP) was held in Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei Taiwan, from August 21-22, 2012.
The meeting began with a sumptuous welcome banquet at the Hotel de Chine. Fr. Luis Gendron, S.J., President of the FuJen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Provincial of China. Prof. Vincent Han-Sun Chiang, President of FuJen University, welcomed the guests on behalf of FuJen Catholic University. Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J, President of Ateneo de Davao University and Chair of AJCU-AP, also welcomed the guests, and gave an overview of the Annual Meeting. He noted that of the 12 charter members, 11 were represented, and 9 were voting CEOs; of the 6 regular members, 3 were represented, and two were voting CEOs. He acknowledged particularly the participation of the new Delegate for the Jesuit Apostolate in Fu Jen Catholic University, Fr. David Yen. <read full text>
Information on the Annual Meeting in Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 International Conference Report
of the Research Institute for Life and Culture,
Sogang University, Seoul
The Research Institute for Life and Culture at the Sogang University held International Conference concerning ‘How to define Life’ in Matthew Hall 9th floor, 12th and 13th of April. Conference themes included the views of the natural and social sciences as well as the variety of religious views on the meaning of life, its value, and the preservation of life and culture. Solutions to dehumanization and destruction of the environment threatening human life were further discussed.
This conference specially featured distinguished international executives working in Jesuit theological college of Australia, Papal seminary and religious Institute of India, and Catholic social science Institute of Germany.<read full text>
Growing a Green Campus
Growing a green campus is a new frontier for many Jesuit education institutions. From Healing A Broken World (HBW), the recommendations initially focus on Jesuit lifestyle and institutions, with the first recommendation as a good starting point that “Jesuit communities and apostolic works are invited to discern the management of our own institutions and to exchange and develop more ecologically sustainable lifestyles in our communities (HBW, Recommendation No 1).”
The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) resonate with this statement, and take the lead by implementing more integrated and sustained environmental management practices in Jesuit campuses. Also, the JCAP-Ecology and AJCU-AP identified the need for a training program for “campus managers” to sustain environmental campus management efforts with the hope of influencing others to do the same through levels of engagement and processes.
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Fr Matthias Chae SJ:
Requiescat in pace
Fr Matthias Joon-ho Chae SJ died suddenly, aged 57, on April 1 in his hometown, Daegu, in Korea. Fr Matthias oversaw the rapid expansion of the Society in Korea during the last 20 years. On completing his PhD in counseling in the USA, he was appointed Formation Delegate for the Korean Region. He was later Superior of the Korean Region and then the first Provincial of the Korean Province in 2005. Since 2009, Fr Matthias served as the first Formation Delegate for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.
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Workshop of AJCU-AP Consortium Division of Environment and Climate Change was held
On March 23 and 24, Sophia University hosted a workshop of Environment and Climate Change Consortium Division from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP).
The Consortium was planned by AJCU-AP General Conference as part of Jesuit Higher Education Networking to cope with the world-wide challenges, and this is the first meeting of the Environment and Climate Change Consortium Division consisting of 8 universities and leaded by Sophia University. <read full text>
Service Learning Program 2012 "One Earth Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the
Integrity of Creation"
August 5-25, 2012
Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Service Learning Program (SLP) is one of the many programs of the AJCU-AP which focuses on providing a place for Jesuit university students in their efforts in applying the Ignatian Pedagogy in their everyday life. It is in an approach to teaching in Higher Education that is consistent with the pedagogy of Jesuit education. It attempts to link the academic studies with the practical experience of community service. It is effectively facilitated through relevant partnership between higher educational institutions and various social institutions both in the private and public sectors. In this approach, community experience is purposively integrated in the scholastic formation of the students. It is considered as the center of their learning and serves as an arena to do a share for development. In the end, it will bring about in the students a development that is geared towards a lifelong commitment to service and leadership. <read full text>
ADDU Hosts Service Learning Program among Jesuit Universities
in Asia Pacific Region
The Ateneo de Davao University hosted the 4th Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) on August 7-27, 2011, participated in by students and mentors coming from the network of Jesuit institutions in the Asia Pacific region. A total of thirty two (32) participants from the Ateneo de Davao University, Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan), Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Ateneo de Naga University in the Philippines, and from Universitas Sanata Dharma of Jogjakarta in Indonesia, the Elizabeth University of Music of Hiroshima in Japan, and Sogang University of Seoul in South Korea, gathered for a three-week interactive activities which exposed them into contemporary socio-cultural issues amidst environmental challenges of Davao through a series offora, workshops, cultural encounters,exposures, immersion, community service andreflection sessions. <read full text>
The Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) was hosted this year by Sophia University.
It brought together representatives from 11 of the 17 active association members: St. Michael’s Technical College -Surakarta (ATMI) and Sanata Dharma Univrsitity in Indonesia, Sogang University in Korea, the Elisabeth University of Music and Sophia University in Japan, and the Ateneo de Manila University, the Ateneo de Naga University, Xavier University, the Ateneo de Davao University, the Ateneo de Zamaboanga University and Loyola Colleges of Culion. <read full text>
Service Learning Program 2011
The Ateneo de Davao University has released the announcement regarding the Service Learning Program with the theme, Education for Environmental Stewardship: A Model Towards Reconciliation with Creation.
The theme is a response to one of the key frontier agenda identified in the recent General Congregation of the Society of Jesus: reconciliation with creation, where the establishment of the right relationship with creation is a necessity.
The SLP this year will be held in various locations in Davao from 7-27 August 2011.
For questions, comments and information, please contact Mr. Ian Parcon or Ms Lilibeth Arcena at email@example.com (The Social Involvement Coordinating Office).
Sogang University of Korea hosted the first International Sports competition with Sophia University of Japan from the 12th to 14th of November at the main campus of Sogang in Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. SOFEX, a short word for Sogang-Sophia Festival of Exchange, includes matching games of soccer, tennis, baseball and basketball plus cheerleading performances from the performers of both schools. Sogang University has been in partnership with Sophia University since 1983, and both were established in the 20th century by the Jesuits. In addition, 2010 is meaningful for Sogang as they have just celebrated their 50th anniversary since its foundation as the one and only Jesuit College in South Korea. In this regard, Sogang planned this event as commemoration, and to leap globally, with another sister school among Jesuit Colleges abroad. <read full text>
ACJU AP Annual Meeting 2010 in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chief Executive Officers, University Presidents, and Representatives from Jesuit Higher Education Institutions and Endeavors in East Asia and Oceania once again gathered for their Annual Meeting last 24-25 August 2010. This year, the Seven Fountains Spirituality Center Community at Chiang Mai, Thailand served as hosts. <read full text>
It’s that time of the year again where students and faculty from various Jesuit colleges and universities get together to celebrate cultural diversity, spirituality, and socio-environmental immersion. This year, Sophia University of Japan will host the program in Siem Reap Cambodia this 8-21 August 2010 under the theme: Preserving Culture, A Way for Preserving Identity. <read full text>
Request for Prayers for the soul of Fr. Paul Locatelli, S.J. (1938-2010)
Fr. Paul Locatelli, S.J. was the Secretary of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education. He died of pancreatic cancer last July 12, 2010.
Fr. Locatelli was certainly one of the giants of the Society of Jesus in Jesuit education. It was he who organized the recent International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education, "Shaping the Future," in Mexico City.
AJCU EAO to Participate in International Conference in Mexico
Twenty-eight (28) participants coming from the East Asia and Oceania region will join in the International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education (ICJHE) at the Universidad Iberoamericana this coming 22-24 April 2010 in Mexico City.
With the theme Networking Jesuit Higher Education for the Globalizing World: Shaping the Future for a Humane, Just, Sustainable Globe, Most Rev. Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, stated in the ICJHE website that the international conference aims 1.) to advance Jesuit higher education and the intellectual apostolate, and 2.) to create and implement a network that can continue the discussion and analysis of frontier challenges. <read full text>
Service Learning Program 2010
Letter from Prof. Ishizawa
8 April 2010
It is my pleasure, as president of Sophia University, Tokyo, to invite your universities to participate in the Service Learning Program set up this year by Sophia:
PRESERVING CULTURE –
A WAY FOR PRESERVING IDENTITY Tribal Culture, Family Culture, Historical Culture, Environmental Culture…
The Program will take place in August in Thailand and Cambodia. For the past years our Student Center had set up a small summer program in these countries.
Cambodia is a country with cordial links to our university. In Siem Riep our Sophia Mission has four years been a place not only of archeology but also of monument preservation, a place where young Cambodians can learn how to care for their cultural heritage. The discovery of Buddha statues led to the construction of a museum sponsored by Aeon and handed over to the Cambodian State. It will be my pleasure to welcome your students personally in this beautiful cultural landscape. <read full text>
Season's Greetings, Updates, and Call for Feedback on Regional Challenges
Letter from the AJCU-EAO Chair
14 December 2009
To All the Members of the AJCU EAO:
As the coming of the Messiah nears, we have been invited to rejoice!
We rejoice also in the blessings the Lord has given us in our shared participation in the intellectual apostolate or in the higher educational apostolate of the Society of Jesus in East Asia and Oceania! Thank you for all you do to make this apostolate fruitful and to enhance our collaboration in mission!
Even as Christmas and the New Year approach we continue to prepare for the International Conference for Jesuit Higher Educational with its theme, "Shaping the Future," to be held in Mexico City from 22 to 24 of April, 2010.<read full text>
ICJHE Meets to Finalize Plans for International Conference of
Jesuit Higher Education
The forthcoming International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education (Conference) was the focus of the meeting of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education (IVJHE) convened by Fr. Paul Locatelli, S.J., Secretary for Higher Education to Very Rev. Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, General Superior of the Society of Jesus, last 16-18 October in the Jesuit Curia, Rome.
The Committee reviewed the program for the forthcoming Conference, and adjusted it to insure that the Conference would not end with inspirational speeches and empty resolutions, but would provide real opportunity for networking and collaboration among Jesuit Higher Educational Institutions and Jesuits in the Intellectual Apostolate after the Conference. <read full text>
International Conference on
Jesuit Higher Education
Letter of the AJCU-EAO Chair
31 October 2009
To All the Members of the AJCU EAO:
As was announced during our General Assembly in Sydney, the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education (ICJHE) of Fr. General, chaired by Fr. Paul Locatelli, met at the Jesuit Curia in Rome last October 16-18, 2009. While the meeting included a discussion of the Intellectual Apostolate which had recently been entrusted to ICJHE by Father General, the main focus of the meeting was the forthcoming International Conference on Jesuit Higher Education (Conference) to be held in Mexico City, Mexico at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) on April 22-24, 2010.
Pleasealready block off these dates plus traveling time on your calendar. You may already wish to be making travel arrangements for yourself and your companion. <read full text>
Meeting of AJCU EAO International Program Directors 2009
The participants from nine (9) universities from five (5) different countries in the East Asia region were warmly welcomed of this year's meeting of AJCU EAO International Directors held last 16-17 December 2009 at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Dr. Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo, Director of the Office of International Programs of AdMU, formally opened the meeting with her welcome remarks, followed by introductions from the participants. Sanata Dharma University (SDU) of Indonesia initiated the discussion with a report regarding their successful hosting of the Service Learning Program. They presented their process of the program as well as showed pictures and video testimonials from the participating students, all of whom gave positive feedbacks. A report and proposal from Sophia University of Japan followed, giving the Service Learning Program in 2010 an exciting twist: instead of the usual tradition of a school hosting the program in their own country, next year's SLP will be held in Thailand and Cambodia. <read full text>
Jesuit Conference for Asia Pacific
Proposals for Action Arising from JCAP Consults, November 2009 [PDF]
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>
AJCU EAO holds 2009 Annual Meeting in Sydney, Australia
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>
Sogang University Welcomes
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!
The AJCU EAO Welcomes
Fr. Florge Sy, SJ
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>
Loyola University Chicago -
Vietnam Office Now Operational to Foster Further the Ignatian Spirit of Excellence in Asia
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>
AJCU – East Asia Oceania
SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM “Education for Constructive Dialogue” August 3 – August 23, 2009
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.
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
International Conference on
Jesuit Higher Education
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.
It was my pleasure to join a meeting of Consultors, Secretaries and Directors of Work of the JCEAO at Arrupe International Residence last Oct. 4-5, 2008. Chaired by Fr. Mark Raper, President of the JCEAO, it was a opportunity to contribute to the JCEAO's self understanding in a post-GC 35 era. The main output of this meeting was a formulation of "The Purpose and Goal of the JCEAO" as follows:
The purpose of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania (JCEAO) is to clarify, focus and ensure implementation for Asia and the Pacific of the universal mission of the Society.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in East Asia and Oceania (AJCU-EAO) held its 2008 General Assembly last August 26-28, 2008 at the Grand Cikarang Hotel, Jababeka Raya, Cikarang Industrial Estate in Indonesia.
Members from the Philippines (ADNU, ADMU, ADZU, ADDU and Xavier), from Korea (Sogang University), from Japan (Sophia University) and of course the host schools from Indonesia (ATMI and Sanata Dharma University) came together for the annual meeting. The President of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania (JCEAO), Fr. Mark Raper, S.J. was also present at the meeting. (List of Participants and Guests)
A Eucharistic Celebration marked the official start of the meeting, with Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J. as celebrant. This was followed by a welcome dinner at the ATMI Cikarang Campus. Fr. Paul Wiryono Priyotamtama, S.J., President of Sanata Dharma, welcomed the participants and guests. Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J., Chair of the AJCU-EAO and Fr. Mark Raper also addressed the participants and guests with welcome remarks. The host schools, Sanata Dharma and ATMI, showed a movie clip showcasing their school programs and facilities.
The whole day of August 27th was devoted for the GC 35 discussions and the AJCU-EAO Business Meeting. The meeting centered on the theme: “GC 35 and Higher Education”. Fr. Benedictus Triatmoko, S.J., President of ATMI, was the main presenter of this topic. He gave a PowerPoint Presentationon this and shared some of his personal insights and views on the General Congregation 35. Comments and responses on the presentation were given by Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J. of Xavier University, Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J. of ADMU and Fr. Mark Raper, S.J of the JCEAO.
A business meeting followed after the GC 35 discussions. The following were the proposed and approved resolutions by the AJCU-EAO Board:
That the Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, Indonesia, be admitted Higher Educational Endeavour Member of the AJCU-EAO as nominated by the Ateneo de Naga and Sanata Dharma University.
That the Loyola College of Culion, Philippines, be admitted as Higher Educational Institute member of AJCU-EAO as nominated by Sanata Dharma and Ateneo de Zamboanga.
That the Higher Education Group, Australia, be admitted as a Higher Educational Endeavour member of the AJCU-EAO as nominated by Ateneo de Manila, Ateneo de Davao and Xavier University.
That the Jesuits and Lay Partners in Campus Ministry – EAO, be admitted as a Higher Education Endeavour member of the AJCU-EAO as nominated by ATMI and Ateneo de Naga.
That the Loyola Center in Vietnam be admitted as a Higher Education Endeavour member of the AJCU-EAO as nominated by Ateneo de Naga and Sogang University.
That the next meeting of the AJCU-EAO be in Sydney, Australia, either before or after the next ASEACCU meeting.
That Fr. Tabora, S.J. as Chair of the AJCU-EAO be authorized to request the Higher Education Group of Australia to host the next AJCU-EAO meeting.
That the AJCU-EAO accept the mandate on GC35 on Intellectual Apostolate: “To Foster every possible form of collaboration and promote working in networks among persons, teams, centres and to choose strategically those institutions that can assure excellence in research.”
That the AJCU EAO encourages and seeks to support greater collaboration with others in service of the Society’s universal mission, e.g. through formation for both Jesuits and partners, e.g. through formation for both Jesuits and partners.
The Financial Report of 2007-2008 and the Budget for 2008-2009 were also approved by the Board.
A special point for discussion on the AJCU-EAO accepting the challenge of GC35 on Intellectual Apostolate was also taken. The Board agreed to form an ad hoc Committee which will be responsible in finding the strengths of their member Institutions and will report as well as recommend to the Board the designation of AJCU-EAO member institutions to be Centers of Excellence. The Centers of Excellence will focus on these research areas: Environment, Migration, Culture and Religious dialogue. The ad hoc committee members are Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J. of Xavier University, Fr. Benedictus Triatmoko, S.J. of ATMI and Fr. Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J. of Sophia University.
By indicative voting, the AJCU-EAO board identified the following Tentative Research Areas for the respective member institutions:
Higher Educational Institution
Environment and Business Ethics
Sanata Dharma University
Religious Dialogue (with special focus on renewable resources)
Cultural and Religious Dialogue (with special focus on Natural Sciences, Engineering and Law)
Environmental Issues and Energy Issues (with special focus on Alternative Energy Resources)
Migration and Family
Environmental Disaster Risk Management
Environmental Research and Conservation
Social Science Researches
Graft and Corruption
Peace and Health Issues
Sociology, Agriculture and Marine Coastal Resource Management
The board also decided to rotate the hosting of the Student Learning Programs (SLP) of their member institutions. Next year’s host for the AJCU-EAO SLP will be Sanata Dharma University.
The AJCU-EAO meeting was concluded by a Eucharistic Celebration officiated by Fr. Antonio Moreno, S.J. of ADZU. Afterwards a special dinner and Cultural Performance was given by Sanata Dharma and ATMI. The participants and guests were treated to an array of traditional Indonesian dances and folk songs prepared by Sanata Dharma students and ATMI alumni.
A tour to the ATMI Cikarang Workshops was also experienced by the participants and guests before finally departing to Bandung for the ASEACCU meeting.
Next year’s AJCU-EAO meeting will be in Sydney, Australia. Dates and venue will be announced as soon as confirmed.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific
(AJCU-AP) is a voluntary association of Jesuit higher educational institutions (HEIs) and Jesuit higher educational endeavors (HEEs) functioning within the territory the Jesuit Conference for East Asia and Oceania (JCEAO); it supports and promotes Jesuit higher education in this region. It provides the structure for the higher educational apostolate of the JCEAO. It is organized to promote friendship in service and leadership, to share discernment in mission, to facilitate cooperation and service, to develop the appropriate “Jesuit” brand of higher education, to engage in strategic planning, projects and programs for the higher educational apostolate in southeast Asia and Oceania, and so in higher education to propagate the faith, promote justice, appreciate culture, and engage in inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. It is a forum for the ongoing exchange of experience, information and expertise among members. It networks both among Jesuit HEIs and HEEs and beyond, serving as liaison with the Jesuit General, the Jesuit Educational Secretariat, the Provincials, and other associations of Jesuit and non-Jesuit higher education.