Last 24 May, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians, the Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, promulgated the General and Faculty Statutes and Regulations of the renewed Studies of the UPS. And the novelties do not end here, because these days the University Council has also approved some guidelines for the 2020/2021 academic year.
These are important milestones for the entire academic community: on a feast day – the celebration of Mary Help of Christians, co-patron of the Salesian Congregation – and on the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the institution, the new UPS statutes and regulations are thus presented.
The Rector of the University, Prof. Fr Mauro Mantovani, explained the value and meaning of this passage: “The first Statutes of the then Salesian Pontifical Athenaeum were approved on June 12, 1940; as a Pontifical University they were then renewed and promulgated in 1986 and 2000. Twenty years later, they are an expression of the updating and development of the formative and cultural service offered by our University, increasingly international, to offer an increasingly adequate response to the new challenges, to make Don Bosco’s charism become culture, and pastoral and educational proposal, and thus make it a gift to the Salesian Family, to the Church and to all society, starting from the young, especially the poorest and most needy.”
The new guidelines for the next academic year were approved on Wednesday 20 May, and ensure the smooth running of the academic activity during the 2020/2021 year. The methods of conducting (in person or as distance learning) the lessons, thesis discussions, registration procedures and admission tests, will depend on the provisions of the government and health authorities.
To facilitate study and research, the UPS undertakes to ensure a more continuous operation of its Centers, Offices and Services with the presence of their representatives, and for the accessibility of resources and the opening of the Don Bosco Library.
The UPS, through the Student Aid Commission and the “Pro Universitate Don Bosco Onlus Association”, will also seek to increase, for the 2020/2021 academic year, the sum made available to respond to requests for reduction of academic fees and study support.
Roma, Italy, May 29 2020
Source: ANS – “Agência iNfo Salesiana”