Partnerships

The Catholic Universities Partnership

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Since 2003, the Nanovic Institute has been engaged in the development of Catholic higher education in central and eastern Europe.

The first partners of this group of educators, called the Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP), included the rectors (provosts) and leading faculty members form the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), the Catholic University of Ruzomberok (Slovakia), Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary), and the Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine). In 2009, the group expanded to include new friends. In its thirteenth year, this partnership now includes the Catholic University of Croatia (Zagreb), the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany), and the Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University (Tbilisi, Georgia). And as always, the partnership includes friends from western European universities from a variety of countries. Most recently, the Nanovic Institute has supported leaders from each of its partner universities by hosting a week-long summer leadership institute focused on leadership skills, strategic planning, and philanthropy development.

The activities of this group are ongoing and practically fruitful, based on the principle that a focused group can do small but important things well.

Visiting Scholars Program

Faculty at CUP institutions are encouraged to apply to be 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 are for one semester in either fall or spring semester with shorter one-month research stays available during the summer.

Annual Meetings

  • The Role of the Catholic University in the Time of the Tensions of Populism and Nationalism
    May 2018
    Organized and hosted by the Ukrainian Catholic University 
  • Hope in the Future: The Experiences of Youth Under Communism, the Transition to Democracy, and the Present
    May 12-13, 2017 
    Organized and hosted by the Catholic University of Croatia
  • A Free Search for the Whole Truth about Nature, Man and God (ECE 4): St John Paul II and the Catholic University
    September 25-27, 2015
    Organized and hosted by John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
  • Sources of the Civic: A Conference on Catholic Higher Education and Democracy in Europe
    September 26-27, 2014
    Organized and hosted by the Nanovic Institute at the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome
  • Catholic Universities and Civic Education in Secular Europe in View of ‘Caritas in Veritate’
    June 6-8, 2013
    Organized and hosted by Pázmány Péter Catholic University
  • Models of Engagement with Secular Society
    May 24-25, 2012
    Organized and hosted by the Nanovic Institute at the University of Notre Dame
  • Defining the Next Stage: Structures for Collaboration and Exchange
    May 29-30, 2011
    Organized and hosted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan
  • Catholic Universities in Western Europe: Positions, Challenges
    May 28-31, 2010
    Organized and hosted by the Institut Catholique de Paris
  • Identifying Opportunities for Academic Cooperation
    May 10-11, 2009
    Organized and hosted by the Collegio S. Bonaventura (‘Seraphicum’) in Rome
  • Spiritual Life and a Culture of Academic Excellence
    May 8-11, 2008
    Organized and hosted by the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv
  • Challenges to the Catholic University in the Present Times
    May 9-12, 2007
    Organized and hosted by the Catholic University of Ruzomberok
  • Catholic University in Modern Culture
    May 27-30, 2006
    Organized and hosted by the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
  • The Position and Challenge of the Central-Eastern European Catholic Universities
    September 30-October 1, 2005
    Organized and hosted by Pázmány Péter Catholic University
  • The Future of Catholic Higher Education
    April 4-8, 2005
    Organized by the Nanovic Institute at the University of Notre Dame