The University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA) is an offspring of the former Jesuit institution of UFSIA. It is an independent non-profit organisation founded by the Jesuit Order and members of the former UFSIA with the aim of continuing the Jesuit university project, that is focussed on problems and issues that express the Christian ideology.
The centre wants to contribute to a more just and better society through education, community service and academic research. We are striving to become the centre of reference for the rich intellectual, spiritual and pedagogical heritage of the jesuits in Antwerp.
The aim of the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp is to contribute to more social justice and a better society by education, service to society and academic research. Our ambition is to become the centre of reference that fosters and continues the rich intellectual, spiritual and pedagogical heritage of the Jesuits in Antwerp.
“The main objective of UCSIA, inspired by a Christian belief and in a spirit of openness and tolerance, sustained by the members of the Society of Jesus and of the Antwerp University, is to provide for an international and interdisciplinary platform that supports and stimulates academic research, higher education and community service regarding themes that express the Christian ideology, thus serving the faith and contributing to a more just society.”(Article 3 - Articles of Association)
UCSIA aims at academic excellence and social relevance by making its voice heard through powerful communication based on thorough and multifaceted scholarly work; the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp higher schools of education, the Jesuits, the Church and civil society are its foundations.
Since its inception in 2003, the organization engaged more than two thousand national and international scholars in mutual debate and interchange with many professionals in responsible positions. UCSIA builds on that immaterial capital and research network: it will broaden its action by adding more service to society and support to higher education, with the expansion of service learning in higher education as a spearhead.
UCSIA pursues four different thematic courses to reflect on relevant issues with students, scholars, social actors and a wider public:
- religion, culture and society;
- solidarity in Antwerp, Europe and the world;
- economics and ethics;
- society, health and wellbeing.