UCSIA is the heir of the former Jesuit university and business school UFSIA, and is therefore indebted to the Jesuit tradition. The UCSIA topics ‘Economy & Ethics’ and ‘Europe & Solidarity’ stem from the socio-economic focus within the educational programmes of UFSIA. ‘Religion, Culture & Society’ examines the spiritual dimension of being human in the world.
These key topics are in line with the Jesuit vision on education as caring for the individual person as a whole: head, heart and hands. Broad and thorough scientific knowledge, spirituality, commitment and service, inspired by Ignatius’ motto: En todo amar y servir. Service is also reflected in the promotion of Community Service Learning, which UCSIA is strongly committed to.
To ensure good education, personal development and mental health: these key aspects from the rich spiritual legacy of the Society of Jesus are propagated by UCSIA. We work in close collaboration with the members of the Society of Jesus and its many (net)works, both locally and internationally.
In the wake of Easter, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the popular movements and organizations that keep the society going today, in the struggle against COVID-19. In this letter, he urges us not to fall into former routines at the end of this crisis, but to ask ourselves how we can do things differently.
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The chairman of the SCRIBANI network, political philosopher Patrick Riordan SJ, is an expert in Catholic social doctrine. In this article he starts from the commitment of the health workers in the current crisis to highlight the principle of priority of labour over capital, a central theme in the doctrine. It was published on April 20th in the online journal of the Brittish Jesuits ‘Thinking Faith’.
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Martin Maier SJ, Secretary of European Affairs of the Jesuit European Social Centre, analyses the health crisis today in the light of Pope Francis' encyclic 'Laudato Sí'. How can the recommendations in the encyclic inspire us to rethink the current model of globalization?
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