2008: THE FIRST COURSE IS INAUGURATED AT THE SOPHIA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Since 2008, the Sophia University Institute has established itself as a centre of excellence in academic research. Its Master’s and PhD courses have attracted students from a variety of fields and cultural backgrounds, as well as professors and researchers from other institutions who have spent a period of time at Sophia. Every year, the Liber Annualis documents the work of the Institute and its scholars, as well as the qualifications earned by the students. Other publications include the six-monthly Sophia academic journal, the Universitas essay series, and the more comprehensive Per-corsi di Sophia series, a collection of interdisciplinary research papers and lectures from the Institute. Through its Thematic Programmes, Sophia wishes to give a wider audience the chance to participate in its academic and cultural activities. The programmes include seminars with some leading contemporary scholars and public figures. Other research seminars include the annual Study Seminar (the proceedings of which are published on the Sophia journal), which involves the whole Institute, and other seminars and events promoted by the departments.
A significant achievement has been the signing of collaboration agreements and protocols with other ecclesiastical and civil academic institutions, both in Italy and worldwide, granting the mutual recognition of credits and qualifications in compliance with the guidelines for participation in the Bologna Process. The Institute also organises Summer Schools, advanced and qualification courses, both in Italy and worldwide, in collaboration with the Focolare Movement, diocesan institutions, associations and academic institutions.