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24-28 September 2018

Overall Purpose of the Global Leaders For Unity Executive Course (GLUEC):

To prepare leaders in business and organizations with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to navigate the challenges of today’s world and remain competitive, impactful, profitable and viable in this age of disruption and the fourth industrial revolution.

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Academic Research Centers

In order to promote training, study and research in areas of interest and cultural and social commitment of specific topical interest and urgency, advanced training centers have been set up with the contribution of internationally recognized expertise. The research centers pursue a twofold objective: encourage innovation through inter- and trans-disciplinary thought and action; and propose training and study experiences aimed at building leadership equipped to implement results in the spirit of a culture of dialogue and encounter.


Sophia Global Studies


Sophia Global Studies (SGS) is the fruit of ten years of rich academic experience of Sophia University Institute. It is a centre for research and training on global relations and processes, aimed at training new leaders capable of facing the global complexities and motivated to promote dialogue and peace.


It is an international training and research center on global relations and processes. The center is the brainchild of Sophia University Institute and is embedded in its academic project and methodology. It is intended to foster the development of today’s youth into well-rounded leaders of tomorrow—leaders capable of facing global complexities and equipped with tools to promote dialogue and peace. Its mission is to organize, promote, and support research and training initiatives, as well as short courses and seminars. Its programs are aimed at forming a new generation of leaders, educators, politicians, and managers.

The complexities of today’s world require integrated and unified perspectives: in the past 10 years, Sophia has established itself as an international, intercultural and trans-disciplinary institution where an integrative relationship between studies, applications and experiences is fostered. The values and models, incorporated in the academic project, come from an array of disciplines and cultures and they help in having a better understanding of the global issues and challenges. The institute promotes the study and research on universal concepts and categories that have a worldwide impact such as unity, peace, and dialogue while paying attention to both global and local levels.

One goal three routes

The goal of SGS is to become a trans-disciplinary and cross-cultural point of reference in the field of global studies and in doing so, it follows three routes:

  • Putting into dialogue the academic perspectives and resources that come from different disciplines such as economics, international relations, law, philosophy, sociology and theology;
  • Dealing with trans-national and cross-cultural issues and subjects;
  • Paying attention to the richness of different socio-cultural contexts.

Europe in a changing World


Europe in a Changing World is a platform for organizations, scholars and experts from different social, academic and cultural backgrounds. It intends to share new perspectives and experiences in order to help the European societies understand and respond to the global challenges in a more informed and prepared way.

Religions are elements of strong impact in the international scenario. They continue to influence cultures, societies and the broader academic and public debate worldwide. The scientific community, together with the leaders of religious communities, is required to further investigate and understand the distinctive features and their implications – either promising or troubling – of the so-called global resurgence of religion. Understanding the role of religions in the contemporary global world has to be conceived not merely in terms of political instability, social disorder, or a de-facto analysis of a pluralistic environment, but also as an analytical fact that opens a space for better grasping the positive function that religions can actually play on different levels.

Religion in a changing World


Religions in the Global World is a network of scholars, leaders, and professionals from different academic and religious backgrounds that studies the role of religions in the international scenario through a trans-disciplinary and cross-cultural framework.

Since 2014, the Horizon2020 European Framework for Research and Innovation has identified in the relationship between Europe and the ever-changing world one of the pivotal societal challenges of our time. Sophia recognizes the need to rethink the idea of Europe on a more broader and inclusive level, which can provide a better framework to analyze societies as diverse socio-economic and cultural bodies and to explore the legacy of the European heritage for the world as well as the challenges for Europe coming from the new global balance.

Together for Peace


The education system of a country determines what it wants its young people to learn and what kind of society it wants to build. However, in its usual form, education does not automatically guarantee morals and values such as unity, peace, forgiveness or principles like respect for the rights and well-being of others. Special efforts are needed if education is to promote these values and goals.

Sophia University Institute is especially committed to promoting intellectual inquiry while drawing wisdom from diverse disciplines and various cultures meeting up in a context permeated by a strong relational dimension. The training on peace education is designed to equip teachers and students for being agents of peace through the education process and daily life. The course is planned especially for the regions where peace-education cannot be integrated into the educational curricula. Hence, the acquired learning will help the teachers to build a culture of unity that goes beyond the curriculum by promoting good practices, life lessons, critical thinking and human values such as empathy, participation, nonviolence and dialogue.

Sophia Leadership Program


The world is changing. There are more uncertainties, social divisions, and growing economic inequalities. The so-called Global Age has resulted in a world more divided, increasingly divergent and inevitably pluralist, where the rising of tensions and separations are putting at risk relationships within and among organizations, people, and societies at large. In this epoch-changing era, the 4th Industrial Revolution is providing new challenges for leaders and organizations, and potentially jeopardizing the good that is achieved by globalization.

The Sophia Leadership Program seeks to provide answers to these challenges. By offering a platform for current and future leaders to learn new skills, leadership models and integrated approaches, participants will be positioned to use the most effective methods to most effectively lead their organizations and reshape our world. The Program is designed to create a new understanding of leadership, develop university curricula, and teach business methodologies that can improve the current state of organizations, change the rules of the socio-economic system, and ultimately build a better and more unified world.