The creation of the Academic Networks arises through the initiative to define the identity of the IUS seeking to ensure a significant presence from the scientific, educational, and pastoral point of view in society.
One of the Commitments of the Academic Networks is to “offer the general guidelines that facilitate each university academic community the opportunity to develop its own Salesian cultural-scientific-technological-educational and pastoral project”, in order to motivate the contributions and relationships between the IUS
Today, the sectorial academic networks that are continental are being motivated so they could reach a global level. All the institutions have the same main objective, which encourages to promote academic or scientific collaboration and exchange among the IUS groups. There are numerous Academic Networks and their objectives not only come from their mission, but also collect the legacy and founding principles of the IUS.