The Mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.
The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is named after the great English historian, Lord John Acton (1834-1902). He is best known for his famous remark: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Inspired by his work on the relation between liberty and morality, the Acton Institute seeks to articulate a vision of society that is both free and virtuous, the end of which is human flourishing. To clarify this relationship, the Institute holds seminars and publishes various books, monographs, periodicals, and articles.
The Pontifical University Antonianum, also the Pontifical University of St. Anthony or simply The Antonianum, is a Franciscan university founded in honour of St Anthony of Padua in Rome. It is located in the Rione Esquiline, a block north of the Basilica of St John Lateran, at Via Merulana. In 1883, Father Bernardino Dal Vago da Portogruaro (1869–1889), then-Minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, proposed the construction of a new academic college and the University still gives significance to his quote: “Così avverrà che, a tempo debito, l’Ordine sarà illuminato da uomini veramente dotti e perfettamente versati nelle singole discipline scolastiche e ciascuna provincia potrà andare gloriosa e giovarsi di tali professori e maestri.” Which roughly translates to: So that the [Franciscan] Order will, in due course, be lit by very learned men and well versed in individual academic subjects and each province will be glorious and benefit from these professors and teachers. Construction of the university began in 1884 and the institution was opened 6 years later in 1890 by Luigi Canali (1889–1897)
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: 1) Seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face. 2) Young-leader fellowships around the globe, which bring a selected class of proven leaders together for an intense multi-year program and commitment. The fellows become better leaders and apply their skills to significant challenges. 3) Policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of issues. 4) Public conferences and events, which provide a commons for people to share ideas.
The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (PUST), also known as the Angelicum in honor of its patron the Doctor Angelicus Thomas Aquinas, is a pontifical university located in Rome, Italy. The Angelicum is directly dependent on the Pope for its status as a pontifical university as outlined in the apostolic constitution Sapientia Christiana, which also clarifies the parameters of Church authority and academic freedom. The Angelicum is administered by the Catholic Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominican Order, and is the central locus of the authentic Dominican Thomist theological and philosophical tradition.
The Angelicum is coeducational and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theology, Philosophy, Canon Law, and Social Sciences, as well as certificates and diplomas in related areas. Courses are offered in Italian and for some programs in English. The Angelicum is staffed by members of both the clergy and the laity and serves both religious and lay students from around the world.
The Pontifical Gregorian University (Italian: Pontificia Università Gregoriana; also known as the Gregorianum, or the PUG, or Greg) is a pontifical university located in Rome, Italy. It was originally a part of the Roman College founded in 1551 by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The Collegio included all grades of schooling, and it is its university division of philosophy and theology that was given Papal approval in 1556 that made it the first university founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In 1584 the university was given a grandiose home by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom it was renamed. Only the theology and philosophy departments survived the political turmoil in Italy after 1870. Its international faculty serves around 3800 students from over 150 countries.
The Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) is a design school in Italy.
The school is organized into four disciplines: Design, Fashion, Visual Communication and Management.
It is spread over nine cities—Milan, Turin, Venice, Cagliari, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and São Paulo—and thirteen locations which occupy more than 50,000 square meters of space. It offers 29 different courses of three-year duration, in several languages: English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. These courses are attended by about 10,000 students every year, totaling to more than 90,000 students, for the Institute's forty-year history. It boasts that ninety percent of its graduates find work within six months of graduation.
The Athenaeum was canonically established by the Congregation for Catholic Education on 15 September 1993. On 11 July 1998, Pope John Paul II gave permission for the institution to style itself as a Pontifical University.
The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum educates priests and seminarians, religious, and lay people from all over the world. The training of competent and responsible students, an integral part of its mission, is the opportunity that the Athenaeum offers to the dioceses and countries of students.
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Latin: Pontificia Universitas Sanctae Crucis, Italian: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce) is a Roman Catholic university under the Curial Congregation for Catholic Education, now entrusted to the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, or more commonly called Opus Dei. It was started in 1984 by Opus Dei, with the aim of offering the universal church an effective instrument for formation and research. Located in the heart of Rome, it has two campuses. One is in Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, northern area of Piazza Navona; Another (the library) is Via dei Farnesi near the famous Palazzo Farnese. Its stated mission is "to serve the whole Church by means of a broad and thorough work of research and formation in the ecclesiastical sciences, cooperating according to its special function with the evangelizing mission of the Church in the whole world."
Pope John Paul II granted the title of 'university' to the Pontifical Atheneum of the Holy Cross in July 1998, making it the sixth pontifical university in the city of Rome. The University is open to lay people, both men and women, priests, seminarians, and religious brothers and sisters.
The Swiss School of Management – Rome (also known as SSM) is a private institution located in Rome, Italy. The university is organized into pre-university, study abroad and MBA programs in English. The school recently opened a Criminology program in Italian and has a short course with Alliant university in California. The School’s undergraduate programs focus on Leadership. Pre-University students take into classes in a variety of subjects and have an entire course dedicated to career exploration. Study Abroad programs are delivered in short courses or for a full semester. The Leadership Study Abroad Program, also known as LSAP will help young students study leaders past in rome while touring the city to see where the leaders lived and reigned. Students do a non-profit project which provides hands on leadership experience as part of the program. The MBA program is accredited by IACBE in the US and has an academic partnership with INSEEC who both awards the degrees and provides a dual degree MBA option for students
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