Jesuit Engineering Vision for a Better World

The summit in Boston represented a milestone event for the future of our network

Explore further the identity, mission, and strategy of our Network

The primary objective of this meeting in Boston was to further the IAJES identity, vision, organizational structure, priorities, and ways of working within our network. In particular, with regard to the "emergency" the world is currently facing, what can we reasonably expect from IAJES members as a common goal in terms of integral ecology? How far and how fast can we progress and work together within IAJES and to have a positive impact on the future society?

In Boston, we discussed our common ambition in response to the fervent calls signified through the 4 Universal Apostolic Preferences. 

Apply the "engineering touch" and make our network grow in efficiency

The main levers for action are the task forces and projects. Beyond the joy of gathering at this event, thanks to the synergy of our expertise and common determination, our network is called to address new challenges and projects in the context of the near future.

The 3 days of our summit was articulated around 3 axes: Inspiration-Reflection-Action. Our goal was to leave these 3 days with concrete and achievable projects to develop in order to strengthen the relationship between our universities in line with Ignatius' thinking

Plan ahead for the next 2 years of IAJES

An important objective was to elect the IAJES Boards and Committees for the coming years, as well as to decide on the means to manage and coordinate the task forces and projects in line with the identified plan of action. We also begin to define our roadmap that will allow us to be in line with the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU).

In that way, a new Executive Board constituted by the President, the Vice-president and the Secretary will work closely together to consolidate the work initiated by the former teams and find the right balance, between events, projects, and actions, for the future development of IAJES. Moreover, one of its first tasks is to write the road map that establishes the visibility inside and outside the IAJES, the relationship with IAJU and ensures the continuity of the Association.

A Governing Board, formed by the IAJU Region Representatives and the Executive Board, will work to guarantee the link with IAJU, to facilitate the participation of all Engineering Schools in all regions, to validate and ensure the correct positioning of all the task forces and projects. 

An Operational Committee, formed by all the Task Force and Project Leaders and the Executive Board, will follow the progress of the task forces and projects and could propose the closing of an action or the opening of a new one.

The Task Force and Project Leaders will lead the different working groups. They will decide on its organization and the necessary means, in particular the rhythm of the team meetings which guarantees the progress of the actions.