Higher education is undergoing profound changes: the emergence of a global education market is tending to modify the economic models of our universities, making managerial competence more important. Changes in access to knowledge and information, the existence of social networks and the strengthening of communication technologies are modifying the relationship to knowledge and the transmission of knowledge; finally, the field of beliefs is changing, and obliges us to reconsider the Catholic identities of our institutions.

With a view to strengthening skills and sharing experiences, IFCU has created a Training Department and presents a catalogue of training courses to enable managers, teachers and researchers to carry out their mission in the best possible way in our Catholic universities.

IFCU runs a number of training courses open to the management teams of its member universities.

“Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century”
September 10-15,  2023 (Rome)

This program will enable rectors/presidents, but also vice-rectors, directors of large entities, and senior staff identified as potential future institutional leaders, to consider and develop the missions of their institution or entity, especially in the context of current and emerging issues confronting institutions in terms of Church priorities, changes in the international world of higher education and society.

“Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century” – Asia Program
Fall 2023 (Manilla) – TBC

A version of the “Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century” program for Asian Catholic higher education institutions will be held in Asia during the fall 2023.

As the Roman one, this highly interactive program is based on the management and leadership experience of the participants. It fosters a collaborative experience in the sense that participants collectively seek management/leadership approaches to specific challenges.

Liderar las universidades catolicas en el siglo XXI” – Spanish
June 19-23, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Santo Domingo)

Participants in this course will have an overview of global trends in higher education relevant to Latin America, in order to be able to make decisions with more confidence, with a deeper perspective of opportunities and new challenges. This seminar should also be an opportunity to create links with the other participating universities for future collaborations.

Academic Risk Management – “Assisting academic leaders as they navigate uncertainty”

Fall 2023 (Rome) -TBC

IFCU member universities may be exposed to various risks that may have a direct impact on their activities or indirectly on their environment. Based on its report “Risk Management Applied to the Academic Domain” which analyzes the various risks to which Catholic universities are exposed, IFCU has launched its Academic Risk Management program. In this framework, IFCU and Ex Humano propose this training in academic risk management whose main objective is to help academic executives involved in the management and strategic planning of our Catholic universities.

The Changing Nature of Quality Assurance in Catholic Universities: an international perspective

2024 (Europe) – TBC

This practical thematic workshop is designed and delivered by IFCU (International Federation of Catholic Universities) , in collaboration with AVEPRO, (the Holy See Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Institutions).

It is designed to be interactive and will build on prior analyses by participants of their own universities in respect of Quality Assurance (QA) strategy and practice. It is intended to help participants evolve action priorities for
consideration and implementation on return to their institutions.

Vers un modèle d’université plus responsable : Assurance Qualité et Responsabilité sociale – French Training

2024 (Afrique de lOuest) – TBC

This training aims to strengthen the institutional capacities of French-speaking higher education institutions by addressing the topics of leadership and management in relation to the environment of the university and that of Catholic universities. Thus, the training is divided into two parts: University Social Responsibility (USR) and Quality, Leadership and Management.

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