Catholic Universities Partnership

The Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP) began in 2003 as a project to support the elevation and development of Catholic higher education and civil society in post-Soviet Europe. Now with more than fifteen years of progressive developments in programming, infrastructure, and research, the CUP continues to foster international collaboration among institutions of higher learning across Europe.

The Catholic Universities Partnership includes the following institutions:

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Catholic University in Ružomberok
Ružomberok, Slovakia
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Catholic University of Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
Lublin, Poland
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Pázmány Péter Catholic University 
Budapest and Piliscsaba, Hungary
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Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University
Tbilisi, Georgia
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Ukrainian Catholic University
Lviv, Ukraine

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The Nanovic Institute's commitment to CUP institutions in Central and Eastern Europe includes the Visiting Scholars and Summer Leadership programs. CUP institutions in Western Europe also contribute to ongoing conversations of import, including the role of Catholic higher education in civil society. Additional collaborations include programming opportunities at Notre Dame's Global Gateways and Centers and the annual hosting of an Italian-Fulbright scholar at Notre Dame.

Other participating institutions in the CUP include:

Sommerresidenz Universidad Cato Lica De Eichsta Tt Ingolstadt
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Eichstätt and Ingolstadt, Germany 
Cup Chiostro Universita Cattolica
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart 
Milan, Italy
Institut Catholique De Paris
Catholic University of Paris
Paris, France

CUP Programs

Summer Leadership Program

The Nanovic Institute has supported leaders from each of its partner universities by hosting a week-long Summer Leadership Program, an executive program for Catholic leadership focused on management skills, strategic planning, and philanthropy development, in collaboration with the Mendoza College of Business's Nonprofit Professional Development program. Now in its fourth year, the upcoming leadership institute will take place July 11-18, 2020. Click here for a tentative schedule. 

Learn more about the Summer Leadership Program

Visiting Scholars Program

Faculty at CUP institutions are encouraged to serve as a Visiting Scholar at the Nanovic Institute through the Patrick and Angela Adams Fellowship for Catholic Higher Education in Post-Communist Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Terms in the Visiting Scholars Program are for one semester in either fall or spring semester with shorter one-month research stays available during the summer. 

Learn more about the Visiting Scholars Program

Transnational European Seminar in Berlin (in English)

The Transnational European Seminar in Berlin is a professional development initiative that brings together participants from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Georgia for a fully-paid, one-week residential seminar in Berlin the first week of June each year. Scholars from the CUP are eligible. The program features speakers hailing from countries all across Europe who represent expertise in areas such as international affairs, art, film, literature, environmental history and policy, political science, economics, government, and journalism. Discussions are in English.

Learn more about the TES Seminar


For more information about CUP opportunities, please contact Monica Caro, senior associate director, by email at