The objective of the project is to build up and to consolidate the intellectual apostolate of the Society of Jesus in Pakistan as a contribution to the Pakistani society, the Christian community and the Society of Jesus. In this perspective, we understand ‘intellectual apostolate’ in a large sense that includes the contribution of the Society of Jesus to (i) the academic reflection as an intra-catholic, ecumenical and interreligious endeavour, (ii) the academic formation of young Pakistanis and (iii) cultural, religious and theological studies (i.e. the study of Islam, interreligious dialogue, Punjabi studies and so forth).
The Higher Education for Social Transformation (HEST) is a programme promoted by the JCEP (the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials) and the Kircher Network. It is envisioned as a fifteen-year, pan-continental, cross-disciplinary endeavour.
The goal is to produce meaningful and quality research on seven concrete topics that can be communicated to a range of audiences so as to promote progressive advocacy in each area