Scholas subscribes collaboration agreements with the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania) and with Universidad de Hurlingham (Argentina), which will support the development of the International Program of the Scholas Occurrentes Pontifical Foundation: the “University of Meaning”.
September 11, 2020. – During the celebration of the “Teacher’s Day” in Argentina, Scholas has drawn closer, through an agreement, two universities that are more than 12,000 km apart: the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA, for its acronym in Romanian) and Universidad Nacional de Hurlingham (Argentina). The signing of this agreement was part of a collaboration for the development of the “University of Meaning” international program, launched this past June 5th by Pope Francis.
As a result, Universidad Nacional de Hurlingham and the SNSPA have enlisted as branch offices of the aforementioned program in Europe and South America, respectively, with the purpose of promoting the culture of the encounter, based on an education that generates meaning.
The agreement was signed on Friday, September 11, during a virtual meeting attended by Scholas’ Global Directors, Messrs. José María del Corral and Enrique Palmeyro and the presidents of the collaborating universities, Messrs. Remus Pricopie (president of SNSPA), Walter Wallach (vice-president and acting president of Universidad Nacional de Hurlingham), and Hugo Juri, physician (regularizing president of the University of Meaning).
“We are delighted with this new step, and if the mission of this University and the mission of Scholas and this International Program is to promote the culture of the encounter, there is no better time to do so together with Argentina and Romania,” said José María del Corral, Scholas Occurrentes’ Global Director.
On one hand, Walter Wallach emphasized the importance of this alliance: “In moments of crisis, young people have a strong voice. As ours is a young university, we have a lot to learn and do, and that is why we seek to reach all those young people who could not yet have access to any university, in order to build meaning.”
On the other hand, Remus Pricopie said: “I was honored to be invited to participate in this global educational program—the University of Meaning—launched by His Holiness Pope Francis on June 5, 2020, with his message about the importance of an education for humanity.”
The meeting was also attended by the Vice-President of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education, Victor Negrescu, and the President of the SNSPA Senate, Iordan Barbulesco, representing Romania. Jaime Perczyk, Argentine Secretary of University Policies, and Juan Zabaleta, Mayor of Hurlingham, were present at the meeting in representation of Argentina.
Towards the end of the meeting, the Presidents of both institutions agreed to carry out an academic exchange between students from Argentina and Romania as a first joint action in pursuit of the culture of the encounter.