Nº 67 - 08th, September, 2021

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New Secretary for Higher Education of the Society of Jesus

The IAJU congratulates and welcomes Fr. Joseph Christie, SJ, for being appointed Secretary for Higher Education of the Society of Jesus, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Jesuit Universities.

Fr Christie comes to this position with a long and rich academic and administrative experience.  Currently, he is the Director and Professor of Decision Sciences at XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, one of the leading business schools in India.  Earlier for nearly two decades, he was associated with Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai as Professor, Dean and Director of the Institute.

He was also involved for many years in the administration of the province in various capacities -- convener of Coordinator of Ministries, Province Development Director, Acting Socius to Provincial and Local Superior.

He holds a Master’s in Mathematical Statistics from Madras University, India. He also earned his MBA and PhD in Business Administration with specialization in Decision Sciences from St. Louis University, USA.

With his expertise in strategic planning and evaluation, he has been involved in numerous studies both in India and abroad such as province apostolic planning, diocesan pastoral planning, Ignatian Scholars Project, evaluation of institutions, programs and ministries.

Fr Christie is a member of many advisory boards and committees. Presently he is the President of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) – an association of all Jesuit Business Schools in India and also the Treasurer of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS).

Thank you Fr Garanzini!

We are very grateful to Fr Michael J. Garanzini, SJ, for his more than 9 years of service as Secretary for Higher Education of the Society of Jesus. Fr Garanzini founded the International Association of Jesuit Universities in 2018 and has served as Chair of the Board since then. In this 9 years, he has taken great efforts to give direction to higher education.

In his role as Chair of the IAJU his support was instrumental in the creation of effective conference associations in the different regions of the Society in order to encourage planning and collaboration within the region, and between and among regions. Michael also supported the creation of other Jesuit higher education associations as the International Association of Jesuit Engineering Schools (IAJES).

Fr Garanzini has also led the creation of research and development global program(s) that assist the regions and their collaboration efforts, to promote effective implementation of the priority issues. Among these programs/projects we can count Magis Exchange, Laudato Si Universities, Global Citizenship Fellows, an Inspirational Paradigm for Jesuit Business Education and many more.

As Secretary he has always prioritized the care for others, and a proof of this is his dedication in the elaboration of safeguarding policies for students and vulnerable persons for Jesuit higher education institutions. 

Everyone who has had the chance to work or collaborate with Fr Garanzini will agree that it is a privilege to count with his vision and advice. Higher education owns him much.

He will continue to serve from his position as President of the AJCU in North America.

Thank you very much.


AUSJAL-AJCU Virtual Dual Immersion Experience

Collaboration Story
English. The Virtual Dual Immersion Program (VDI) is a collaborative initiative between the Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America (AUSJAL) and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States (AJCU) that promotes the development of students’ communicative and intercultural competencies.
Today, we bring you a story about a collaboration between Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile, and Loyola University New Orleans in the United States that has served to transform English-language learning into a means through which students develop not only their critical thinking skills, but also their intercultural communicative competence. Through participation in a series of virtual exchanges, students with different communicative needs, in different grade levels and on both sides of the hemisphere (North and South America), have been able to learn varying aspects of Intercultural Communicative Competence.
Learn more about this collaboration and other stories by reading the following article by the Universidad Alberto Hurtado team.
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Español. El Programa de Inmersión Dual Virtual (PIDV) es una iniciativa de colaboración entre la Asociación de Universidades Confiadas a la Compañía de Jesús en América Latina (AUSJAL) y la Asociación de Universidades Jesuitas de Estados Unidos (AJCU) que promueve el desarrollo de las competencias comunicativas e interculturales de los estudiantes.

Hoy les traemos una historia sobre una colaboración entre la Universidad Alberto Hurtado, en Chile, y la Universidad Loyola de Nueva Orleans, en Estados Unidos, que ha servido para transformar el aprendizaje del idioma inglés en un medio a través del cual los estudiantes desarrollan no sólo sus habilidades de pensamiento crítico, sino también su competencia comunicativa intercultural. A través de la participación en una serie de intercambios virtuales, los estudiantes con diferentes necesidades comunicativas, en diferentes niveles de grado y en ambos lados del hemisferio (América del Norte y del Sur), han podido aprender diversos aspectos de la competencia comunicativa intercultural.

Conozca más sobre esta colaboración y otras historias leyendo el siguiente artículo del equipo de la Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Lea el artículo
Click on the link below to learn about Virtual Dual Immersion Program
Virtual Dual Immersion Program


Colloquium of the HEST cluster on Christian and Muslim Dialogue and Third Theological Symposium


From 9 to 13 July, delegates from eight universities and Faculties of Theology of the Kircher Network met in Warsaw – Falenica for the III Theological Symposium and the Colloquium of the HEST Cluster on Christian and Muslim Relation. Learn more

USF Issues Call for Papers for International Conference on Critical Migration Scholarship


This fall, the University of San Francisco will host a virtual International Conference on Critical Migration Scholarship. Learn more

Launching of the Kircher Inter-Institutional Online Courses Project


The Inter-Institutional Online Courses Project allows students from the Kircher Network to enrol in online courses on Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies offered by the universities and faculties of the Network. Learn more

Inauguration of the AUSJAL 2021 Open House: Our Latin American Passport


Open House 2021: Our Latin American passport seeks to bring our countries and communities closer through virtuality, promote academic-cultural collaboration and strengthen ties of friendship. Learn more

Presentation of the book "Derecho a la Comunicación en América Latina".


The book Derecho a la comunicación en América Latina presents a theoretical discussion and an update on communication as a human right. Learn more


"Perspectives of the Jesuit Network"

New IAJU Project
The reading of the "signs of the times" is key in the way of proceeding in the Jesuit Universities around the world. Thus, interpreting reality and responding to it in an assertive, compassionate and committed fashion has been fundamental to concretize the Mission of the Society of Jesus.

Therefore, the Arrupe Initiatives and The McGrath Institute of the University of San Francisco, created a space called "Perspectives of the Jesuit Network,"  an effort to share contributions from the leaders of the Jesuit apostolates to bring us closer to other realities and strengthen our international community.

Today, we are pleased to announce that "Perspectives from the Jesuit Network" will be issued on a monthly basis in a collaboration between University of San Francisco and the IAJU.

Look for the first issue in our next Newsletter!


IAJU Boston College Assembly

August 2022
Location: Boston College

August 3-6, 2022

*Registration will start in January 2022.
Further information will come soon.
Have you seen already the IAJU Ignatian Year film?
This film is a wonderful tool to present the Ignatian Year and the opportunity it represents to your university communities... faculty, staff, leaders, etc.

Have you already figured out how to engage the youth around the topic of purpose during this jubilee year?


The Inauguration of Xavier University's 35th President
In person
Xavier University
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Charla: Una espiritualidad para una vida con sentido, en libertad y dispuesta a servir
Ibero Mexico
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Faculty Orientation Program
Virtual Activity
St. Xavier College, Kolkata
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Panel Discernimiento Político para la Acción Social
Virtual activity
Iberico Mexico
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Discover the cannonball moment of Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, President of Creighton University
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