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Catholic Identity and Shared Values Inform Innovation

Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs / Feb 18, 2020

     Dr. Anne Therese Flakenstein, S.P. represented Providence University at the 2020 Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities'(ACCU) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The theme of the Conference was: Catholic Higher Education Adaptively Serving Students, Church, and World. Anne Therese was also a panelist at the International Members Session on February 1st and gave a ten minute presentation on the theme: How Our Catholic Identity Can Inform Innovation. In her remarks, she emphasized that while innovation is often associated with technology it is not limited to it. She explained that Jesus was a great innovator, but he knew nothing of technology. Anne Therese utilized scripture passages from John, Revelations And Matthew to support her argument. She also stressed that when Catholic universities use their identity to embrace a pluralistic world of shared values, they can and often do innovate for the common good. Such innovation is apparent at Providence University in Taiwan. For example, the creation of therapy software to support early language and visual development for multi impaired children, the development of smart assistive robotic devices for individuals with skeletal problems and the use of ecological drones that assists with monitoring crops.

         Catholic Identity and Shared Values Inform Innovation     

     Panelist pictured from left to right:

Anne Therese Falkenstein, S.P. Special Assistant to the President and Trustee, Providence University, Taiwan.

Greg Craven ( moderator and panelist), Vice-Chancellor & President, Australian Catholic University

Isabel Capeloa Gil, Rector, Catholic University of Portugal, and President, International Federation of Catholic Universities

Tom Flynn, President Emiratas, Alverna, University, United States

Zlatko Skrbis, Deputy Vice - Chancellor Education and Innovation, Australian Catholic University