St Edmund’s College signs agreement with the University of Notre Dame.


St Edmund’s College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Notre Dame in the USA. The agreement was made official during a virtual signing ceremony organized by Notre Dame International on 28th March and was signed by Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. and Catherine Arnold, OBE, Master of St Edmund’s College.

Founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University of Notre Dame is one of the world’s leading Catholic universities. The MOU encourages and supports international collaborations between the respective academics, students, and administrators of the two institutions, in research, education and outreach.

The Master, Catherine Arnold, said:

“The Catholic founders of St Edmund’s College were committed to ensuring no one was excluded from the best higher education on the basis of faith or identity. Today, over 125 years later, St Edmund’s fosters the talent of students and scholars from over 75 countries supporting the formation of ethical leaders and thinkers who will go on to shape the lives of people across the globe.”

The President, Rev. John I. Jenkins, said:

“Catholic institutions of higher learning are called upon to support justice through the pursuit of knowledge and to serve the common good. This MOU represents a shared commitment to excellence in research and education, and I hope it inspires fruitful scholarly engagements for years to come.”

A key part of Notre Dame International’s global engagement strategy, led by Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization Michael E. Pippenger, is fostering international partnerships that support international research and educational opportunities across the globe.

The MOU will also support further development of a strong connection between Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, part of Notre Dame International’s global network, and the Von Hügel Institute for Catholic Critical Inquiry of St Edmund’s College. Currently directed by Vittorio Montemaggi, the Von Hügel Institute is an institute of advanced studies inspired by Catholic thought and culture.

Reflecting on the MOU, the Master, said:

“From the strong foundation of the MOU we have signed today, I look forward to working with the University of Notre Dame to deepen the collaboration between our institutions and develop new ways to realise both the vision of our Catholic founders and our shared commitment to places of higher education and research as a force for good in the world.”

Contact: Brigid Graff, Von Hügel Institute, +44 1223 761334,