University social responsibility

INTERNATIONAL FLAGSHIP PROJECT. Towards the Development of a Reference Framework on Social Responsibility in Universities

The past few years have seen various worldwide ranking systems for universities created, within a competitive context. These rankings have been based mainly on the performance of universities in terms of graduates and research publications. Public policy tends to take into account assessment standards made up of the same type of criteria and dismiss essential values Catholic universities struggle to put forward in today’s societies.

IFCU is undertaking a process of reflection with the goal of implementing a reference framework based on the level of social responsibility of universities, as well as on their positioning coherent with their Catholic character. This project is timely as many of our member universities are currently reflecting on their own Catholic identity and the concrete way in which the same should be implemented both within and outside their premises. International rankings based solely on the evaluation of scientific impact don’t highlight nor showcase the vital support universities provide at a human, professional and spiritual level to their student base.

This project thus aims firstly to provide Catholic universities with a new reference framework for their self-assessment, in order to help them to better detect their specificities and various criteria that could help them, among others, in the promotion of their Catholic identity. For the future of our universities, such a project is crucial and will provide a new type of positioning on the university market, which highlights extremely valuable actions that have been disregarded so far by the higher education community.

IFCU wishes to create a university ranking system in order to:

Beginning date: September 2017
Ending date: September 2019
Geographical keywords: World
Stakeholder keywords: Academics/Researchers


Montserrat ALOM

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Montserrat Alom
Crossviews on Catholic University Social Responsibility
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