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Magis Exchange participants posing for the photo

September 30, 2021

IAJU Magis Exchange program, a GCL2019 project

The program was designed with the support of GCL 2019 alumnus Ignacio Garrido Cruz based on his Global Competitiveness Leadership Program experience. IAJU Magis Exchange launched during the summer of 2020 with the participation of 28 Jesuit universities from all around the world. In 2021, the program expects to welcome the second cohort with the participation of 30 students and 15 universities.

Global challenges impact us all, solutions to these challenges require ways of thinking and acting that transcend national borders. In this new global context, there is an urgent need to form a different kind of political, civic, social and economic leaders. It was Fr Arturo Sosa, SJ, at the IAJU Deusto Assembly in 2018 who reminded all Jesuit higher education leaders that 

seeing ourselves as world citizens should be one of the outcomes of studying in a Jesuit university. It is an essential element in the kind of humanity that the Jesuit education seeks to support and foster"

It is in response to this global situation and paradigm that the “Magis Exchange” program was born. Magis Exchange is an innovative and one-of-a-kind higher education student exchange program of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU). Its goal is to build cohorts of citizens who have participated in a semester-long academic and service-learning international exchange program rooted in the Jesuit tradition.

For more information about this program, you can contact Ignacio Garrido (GCL 2019, Spain) at