Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the Family Studies and Research University Centre



 Founded in Milan on December 7th 1921, by the Franciscan Fr Agostino Gemelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is not just the most important Catholic higher education establishment in Europe but also the only Italian university to boast a countrywide dimension, with four campuses present across the national territory: Milan, Rome (Policlinco “A. Gemelli”), Brescia and Piacenza-Cremona.


In 2021 we celebrate the Università Cattolica's centenary year: you can know more about us by the video A century of History ahead of us | 1921 - 2021.


The presence of 12 faculties within the campuses provides an authentic university experience, with the possibility for 42,000 students to benefit from interdisciplinary exposure and widen their cultural perspective beyond the boundaries of any given professional specialization. Thousands of graduates from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore have achieved significant milestones in a variety of professional fields. Being firmly rooted in Catholicism, the University’s universal vocation and fidelity to the Gospel makes it into an ideal environment for a fruitful dialogue with people of all cultures, in light of the friendship between reason and faith.

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The Family Studies and Research University Centre of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore was founded in 1976. The Centre provides an opportunity for experts working mainly in the fields of psychology and sociology to engage in a multidisciplinary dialogue with experts working in other fields, such as demography, economics, philosophy, pedagogy and law. The theoretical and methodological framework used by researchers and professionals at the Centre refers to the relational-symbolic approach, which is aimed at analysing and understanding family relationships. In this perspective, the family is the foundation on which bonds between genders and generations are built; it is also the primary source of human affections and ethics. It is regarded as a social subject, an active participant in shaping personal identity, education and social policies. This approach is useful in analysing and interpreting the critical transitions that the family undergoes, and in modelling different forms of intervention for and with the family.