Pontifical Salesian University
Background and History
The Pontifical Salesian University (UPS) began on May 3, 1940 as the Pontifical Salesian Athenaeum in Turin consisting of three faculties: Theology, Philosophy, and Canon Law. By 1956 it had instituted the Superior Institute of Pedagogy and the Pontificium Institutum Altioris , the present-day Faculty of Education and of Christian and Classical Humanities. In September, 1965, the University relocated to Rome . On May 24, 1973 it achieved status as a Pontifical University . On May 27, 1998 the Institute of Communication of Social Science became the new Faculty of Communication of Social Science and on January 31, 2006 the new university library was dedicated. Presently, the Pontifical Salesian University is made up of 6 faculties: Theology, Education, Philosophy, Canon Law, Christian and Classical Humanities, and the Science of Social Communication. Each faculty is further subdivided into various institutes.
The University is a participating member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC), of the Federation of Catholic European Universities (FUCE) and of the European Association of Universities (EUA). In the past several years, all the faculties of the University have been actively engaged in the restructuring of the curriculum in compliance with the European university reform.
At the Pontifical Salesian University the STOQ III is a program of interdisciplinary research on behalf of professors from the various faculties in collaboration with other universities in Rome and around the world. The following topics are the objects of research: Epistemology and the Teaching of Science; Logic, Language and Learning; Science, Philosophy and Religion; The Anthropological Dimension of Scientific Knowledge; Education in Dialogue and Transdisciplinarity; The Methodology and Theory of Cultural and Interreligious Dialogue; Epistemological Perspectives and Applications in Education and Communication; The Epistemology of Non-Mathematical Demonstrations; Formation of Science Teachers; Formation in Techniques for Catechists and Cultural Workers; Scientific Journalism; Multimedia and Education of Science.
Courses and Workshops (2006-2009)
“Dialogues in Philosophy” – Teaching Science – Teaching Language and Cognitive Psycholinguistics – Teaching and Neuroscience – Ecology – Epistemology of Science – Philosophy of Science I – Philosophy of Science II – Formation of Science Teachers – Kantian Criticism – Science, Philosophy and Religion – Teaching Science on the Secondary Level – Philosophical Thought and Religious Experience in the Proofs for the Existence of God – Teaching Science on the High School Level – History of Scientific Thought.
Study, design and carrying out of quantitative and qualitative research;
Explanation and participation in a 3-year cycle of lectures entitled “Faith, Culture and Science” organized by the Office of University Ministry at the Vicariate in Rome .
Explanation, design and introduction to the offerings of new academic courses, conferences and workshops according to the goals of the STOQ Project;
Involvement of teachers from the University together with those from other universities, on various levels and in various subject areas, accentuating common research and sharing of activities.
Completion of “schools” of formation for civil workers, in peace and democracy in collaboration with foreign cultural groups, above all the Middle East, with a thorough examination of the relationship between scientific development and education for peace.
Director: Prof. D. Mauro Mantovani (Faculty of Philosophy)
Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy – Teacher of Theoretical Philosophy
Tel. +39-06-087290625 and +39-3392791252
Prof. D. Joshtrom Kureethadam (Faculty of Philosophy)
Instructor of the Philosophy of Science and Ecology
Prof. Sergio Rondinara (Faculty of Philosophy)
Instructor of the Philosophy of Science and the History of Modern Philosophy
Piazza Ateneo Salesiano, 1
I – 00139 Rome