Discerning the Future of Jesuit Higher Education:
AJCU Network Reflects on 2022 IAJU Assembly
From August 3-6, nearly 400 presidents, faculty and administrators from Jesuit institutions and organizations across the world gathered at Boston College for the 2022 Assembly of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU). The theme of this year’s assembly was ‘Discerning the Future of Jesuit Higher Education,’ which built on the theme, ‘Transforming Our World Together,’ from the inaugural IAJU assembly at the University of Deusto in 2018.
A highlight of the 2022 assembly was a keynote address from Jesuit Superior General, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J. (left), who delivered his remarks in Spanish. He said, “The members of the IAJU are called to discern from the ground of the identity that is their reason for being, the principle and foundation of their mission, and the bond that unites them.
Many universities have been examining this identity in recent years. We have been invited to return to its sources during this Ignatian year. It is the same spring that fed the long and complex discernment in common of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, and it still flows to make fruitful the apostolic works that put the preferences into practice.”

We invited several participants from across the AJCU network to share reflections on the 2022 IAJU Assembly; please click here to read them on the AJCU website (page also features links to full text of Fr. Sosa's speech in English and Spanish, as well as videos and photos from IAJU sessions).

Above: Photos by Stefon Greene of Le Moyne College for IAJU.
News from Jesuit Colleges and Universities
The Loyola Law School of Loyola Marymount University received a $3.5M gift to endow its first chair named in honor of a woman; a University of Detroit Mercy professor received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to create a translated text of the writings of 13th century philosopher Henry of Ghent; Le Moyne College hosted the first dissertation defense of its first doctoral program; a Regis University program introduced first-generation students to college life over the summer; and Spring Hill College announced a tuition benefit program in partnership with the nation's largest military shipbuilding company.

Earlier this month, Loyola University New Orleans hosted a special ceremony to present an honorary doctorate to Holocaust survivor, educator and humanitarian Anne Levy. The ceremony was featured in The Times-Picayune; click here to learn more.

Please note: AJCU Higher Ed News will not be published next Friday, in light of the Labor Day weekend. We will return with our "back to school" issue on Friday, September 9th! Please feel free to send highlights from your campus move-in days and welcome events to Deanna Howes Spiro: Thank you!
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