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13.10.17

KU establishes international consortium with Catholic universities

The KU is one of the founding members of a new international consortium of five Catholic universities that also includes Australian Catholic University (ACU), the Catholic University of America (CUA), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile, and Sogang University in South Korea. Prof. Dr. Klaus Stüwe (KU Vice President for International Affairs and Profile Development) and his international counterparts signed an agreement establishing the Catholic Consortium for International Higher Education Collaboration at the Rome Center – ACU’s and CUA’s joint campus in the Italian capital.


(From left) Prof. Dr. Claudio Elortegui Raffo (President of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile), Prof. Dr. Christopher Riley (Pro Vice-Chancellor – International, Australian Catholic University), Prof. Dr. Mario Ortiz (Associate Provost for International Affairs, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA), Prof. Dr. Christine Myunghee Ahn (Vice President for International Affairs, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea), and Prof. Dr. Klaus Stüwe (Vice President for International Affairs and Profile Development, KU) sign the consortium agreement in Rome (photo: Groos/Press Office).

‘The primary goal is to collaborate more closely with our partners, especially by developing joint projects, establishing a continuous exchange, and working on joint study programs,’ Vice President Stüwe explains. All of the institutions involved want to encourage their members to take advantage of the opportunities for international exchange in research and teaching provided by the consortium.

Alongside the meeting in Rome, a workshop was held on the topic ‘One Church, One World, One Mission: Internationalization and the Identity of Catholic Higher Education’ with speakers including Prof. Dr. Rainer Wenrich, director of the KU’s Center for Teacher Education and Education Research. The delegation from Eichstätt also included the director of the International Office, Dr. Martin Groos, who moderated one of the workshop sessions.