The AJCU-AP Annual Meeting in Tokyo

The Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) was hosted this year by Sophia University.


It brought together representatives from 11 of the 17 active association members: St. Michael’s Technical College -Surakarta (ATMI) and Sanata Dharma Univrsitity in Indonesia, Sogang University in Korea, the Elisabeth University of Music and Sophia University in Japan, and the Ateneo de Manila University, the Ateneo de Naga University, Xavier University, the Ateneo de Davao University, the Ateneo de Zamaboanga University and Loyola Colleges of Culion.

Among its representatives were nine CEOs: Prof. Tadashi Takizawa of Sophia, our host, Fr. Andreas Sugiopranoto, S.J. of ATMI, Prof. Yuji Kawano of the Elisabeth University of Music, Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin of AdMU, Fr. Primitivo “Jun” Viray of ADNU, Fr. Roberto “Bobby: Yap of XU, Fr. Antonio “Tony” Moreno of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Fr. Ismael Jose “IJ” Chan-Gonzaga from Loyola College of Culion, an myself from the Ateneo de Davao University. I chair the association.

At this meeting, six were CEOs newly appointed in their schools – Takizawa, Villarin, Viray, Yap, Chan-Gozaga and myself. Three were first-ever university CEOs: Takizawa, Viray, Yap and Chan-Gonzaga.

The other representatives who came were: Justino Wahyo Nursanto of ATMI, Francisca Ninik Yudianti and Cyprianus Kuntoro Adi from Sanata Dharma, Jae. H. Roe from Sogang University, Rebecca Torres from ADMU, Elisabeth Bron Enerio from XU, Fr. Masahi Masuda from Sophia. Our guest speaker from Qinghua University in Beijing and Secretary General of Center for International Business Ethics was Fr. Stephan Rothlin, S.J.

A welcome guest participant was Bishop Anton Jamnik, Biship of Ljubljana, Slovenia, responsible for Catholic Education in his diocese.

From its inception, the Annual Meeting of the AJCU-AP was an opportunity for delegates to interact with one another face-to-face.

Welcome Dinner.

The Pre-Prandials and a sumptious Japanese Welcome Dinner were held in the Faculty Dining Room of Sophia’s New Number 2 Building. Fr. Toshiai Koso, S.J., Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sophia, delivered a welcome address.

Opening Session and CEO sharing

The Opening Session and all the proceedings of the Annual Meeting were held in the Conference Room of the Catholic Center on the ground floor of the same building. Fr. Sozo Tsukurmichi, Provincial Superior of Japan, Prof. Takzawa, President of Sophia, and I delivered welcome remarks.

There followed the traditional “CEO Sharing” sessions in the evening and in the morning..

Keynote Address

Fr. Stephan Rothlin, S.J., delivered the keynote address entitled: International Business Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching as Challenge for the Commitment to Values-Based Education – Some Thought Provoking Errors.

After a discussion of the address, the body responded with the first resolution of the Annual Meeting: to establish in our schools interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs in responsible leadership based on inputs coming from the Center for International Business Ethics.

Since all of the AJCU-AP schools except the specializaed Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima have strong business programs, the impact of this resolution is expected to be significant.

Business Meeting

During the business meeting of the afternoon, reports were presented on the AJCU-AP’s four consortia on (1) Atheism, Secularization, Frundamentalism and Inter-Religious Dialogue led by Sanata Dharma University; (2) Faith and Culture led by Sogan University; (3) Poverty, Migration and Injustice led by Ateneo de Manila University; and (4) Environment and Climate Change led by Sophia University. Fr. Kuyama presented a report on last year’s Service Learning Program in Cambodia led by Sophia University.

“Growing A Green Campus”

Based on a letter of Fr. Peter Walpole sent AJCU-AP representing the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP)’s Reconciliation-with-Creation Committee, the body resolved, “To adopt in our schools the “Growing a Green Campus Progam” as proposed by JCAP’s Reconciliation-with-Creation Committee, on the understanding that the schools give appropriate attention to the revision of curricular content to serve this purpose.

Other resolutions included the appointment of Bro. Jeffrey Pioqunto, S.J., minister of the Ateneo de Davao Jesuit Community, Treasurer of the AJCUAP,the transfer of the association acount from Naga to the Davao, and the approval of the finacial statement and budget.

Eucharist and Closing Dinner

The Closing Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by Bishop Anton Jamnic. The closing dinner was at Aux Bacchanales.


About Joel Tabora, S.J.

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