Deusto, prepared to host over 300 rectors and authorities from Jesuit
Deusto will be the capital of Jesuit universities from 8 to 12 July.
Dates: 8 – 12 July
Venue: University of Deusto in Bilbao and Loyola Sanctuary, Azpeitia (11 June)
The University of Deusto has everything in place to host the World Assembly of Jesuit
Universities from 8 to 12 July in Bilbao. Chaired by the Father General of the Society of
Jesus, Arturo Sosa, this event will be attended by some 300 rectors and authorities from
over two hundred universities, colleges and Jesuit higher education institutions from all
over the world. This will make Deusto the capital of Jesuit universities.
Under the slogan Transforming Our World Together”, this meeting intends to prompt
reflection and examination of some of the key challenges that Jesuit universities and the
world are facing. Examples include political and civic leadership, environmental and
economic justice, education for the most disadvantaged, peace and reconciliation and
Setting up the new IAJU network
Leading figures like Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Pankaj
Mishra and Gaël Giraud SJ will speak at the Assembly. Subjects for the new IAJU
governing board will be discussed and new possibilities for cooperation between
universities, regional networks and within the international association itself will be
There will also be iconic moments such as the signing and setting up of the new
International Association of Jesuit Universities-IAJU network at the Loyola Sanctuary. This
association will provide the entire Jesuit university network with a legal status, structure
and stability. It will give the world’s universities new impetus.
The world’s leading Jesuit universities, like Georgetown University, Santa Clara University,
Loyola Chicago, San Francisco University, Pontifical Gregorian (Italy), Xavierian University
Bogotá, Iteso (Mexico), Catholic University of Córdoba (Argentina), Ateneo de Manila
University or Sophia University of Tokyo, will take part in this world assembly. The first two
assemblies were held in Mexico (2010) and Melbourne (2015).
The University of Deusto was chosen as the venue for the 2018 event out of a select
group of candidate cities across the world. In this respect, holding the event here
recognises and supports the University of Deusto and the city of Bilbao while setting up
the Association opens up a world of new possibilities for Deusto’s internationalisation and
networking with universities from all over the world.
The academic events begin on Monday, 9 July at 9:15 with Cardinal Versaldi’s keynote
address. At 11:00, the opening ceremony will take place with a talk by Cardinal Ravassi
entitled “Catholic social teaching and the role of the Jesuit University today”. The six
thematic areas will be presented at 14:15 and the group work will begin.
On Tuesday, 10 July, the political expert Pankaj Mishra will open the day’s activities with a
talk entitled: “Social and political fragmentation and the role of the Jesuit University”. At
14:15, the Jesuit economist Gaël Giraud will give a speech: “Economic Inequality and
Environmental degradation and the role of the Jesuit University”. Group work and activities
will continue with a focus on these thematic areas.
The venue for Wednesday, 11 July is the Loyola Sanctuary in Azpeitia. Arturo Sosa, the
Father General of the Society of Jesus, will deliver a speech at 10:00: “The role of the
Jesuit University and the call to reconciliation”. The signing to set up the new International
Association of Jesuit Universities-IAJU will then be held. The Father General will spend
the rest of the day meeting with different Jesuit groups.
Finally, 12 July will be devoted to presenting the projects that have resulted from the group
work and at 14:30, the reports, conclusions and recommendations will be made public in
the plenary session.
– Website: http://iaju.deusto.es/.
– Newsletter: A daily account of the activities, photographs, videos and documentation
created will be sent. Subscription to the newsletter http://iaju.deusto.es/newsletter
– Social media sites:
Press kit attached
Bilbao, 3 July 2018