International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)

Fédération internationale des universités catholiques (FIUC)
Federación Internacional de Universidades Católicas (FIUC)

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1948-06-29 Rome Italy


Founded by a Decree of the Holy See, after informal negotiations since 1924. Recognized by Pope Pius XII in 1949. First Statutes approved by the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries and Universities, 11 Jan 1951. Revised several times including: 1965 Tokyo (Japan); 1970 Boston MA (USA); 1988 Jakarta (Indonesia); 2000, Fremantle (Australia); 2006, Bangkok (Thailand); 2009, Rome (Italy); 2012, Sao Paulo (Brazil).


Contribute to progress of knowledge and its applications and to development of a more just and humane world in the light of reason and faith through the ferment of the Gospel.


2025-07 | Guadalajara, Mexico – General Assembly

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General Assembly of Rectors (every 3 years); Board of Administration; Executive; General Secretariat, headed by Secretary General. E-XE8123 - International Center for Research and Decision Support of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (CIRAD) connects member universities and research initiatives through interdisciplinary and international cooperation projects, seminars, colloquia and training. Sectoral Groups, composed of faculty members and representatives of various departments of colleges and universities, offer a platform for specialists to work together. They include: D-XD6017 - International Catholic Association of Institutes of Educational Sciences; Sciences and Technologies; F-XF6067 - Red Europea de Institutos de la Familia (REDIF); Sectoral Group in Political Science; K-XK1951 - Conference of Catholic Theological Institutions (COCTI); D-XD7961 - International Association of Catholic Medical Schools (IACMS); World Conference of Catholic University Institution of Philosophy; Conference of Catholic Institutions of Psychology (FIUCUP/IFCUP); Social Sciences.

Regional associations (6): Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU); E-XE3791 - Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar (ACUHIAM); D-XD4699 - Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU); E-XD2826 - European Federation of Catholic Universities; D-XD3032 - Organization of Catholic Universities in Latin America and the Caribbean; Xavier Board of Higher Education in India.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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