The Sophia University Institute was born out of Chiara Lubich’s intuition. Lubich (1920-2008) was the foundress of the Focolare Movement. Ever since her young years, she believed that studying would lead her to the truth, hence she decided to enrol in a Philosophy course at university. However, the outbreak of World War II forced her to give up on her plans and stop studying. Her quest for the truth was enlightened by the Gospel and soon found a new path – an active dialogue with God and humanity through the events of history. The idea of the SUI originated from this experience of knowledge through love, which, to this day, characterises the Focolare Movement’s approach to culture and study.