International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas

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International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas
International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeEducational, humanitarian and religious
HeadquartersUniversity of Saint Thomas
30 universities
Hervé Magnouloux, President of Catholic Institute of Higher Studies – ICES
Main organ

The International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Spanish: Consejo Internacional de Universidades Santo Tomás de Aquino) is a world-wide network of universities inspired by the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. Generally known as ICUSTA, it promotes academic exchange between students, professors and researchers. ICUSTA unites some 23 universities, with over 200,000 students on the five continents.


ICUSTA has as its main mission, to unite all the Catholic universities based on the intellectual, pedagogical and methodologic principles of Thomism, the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas, in order to create and to integrate university policies. This takes the form of increasing the interchange between students and professors, the development of joint plans between the various institutions and the sharing of information and programs.


ICUSTA grew out of a meeting in 1993 between representatives of the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile. They were soon joined by the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome, and the Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia. In 1995 in Rome, a second conference was held which was attended by 12 universities. There a permanent international organization was established with bylaws and protocols for the accomplishment of the ICUSTA mission.

In the successive conferences additional members were added. The later meetings were in Manila, in 1997; in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1999; in Rome, in 2001; in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2003; and in Barcelona, Spain, in 2005, Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia (2007), and Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland (2009).

ICUSTA returned to the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomás in the Philippines in 2011 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of this great university in 1611. In 2013, the conference will be held in France at the Catholic Institute of Higher Studies - ICES. In 2015, ICUSTA hold its biennial meeting for the first time in Africa at the University of St. Thomas of Mozambique for the 12th Biennial.


Location University Website
Angola Luanda, Angola Universidade Católica de Angola
Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina Universidad Fraternidad de Agrupaciones
Santo Tomás de Aquino (FASTA)
Argentina Tucumán, Argentina Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino
Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Universidad Católica Argentina
Australia Sydney, Australia Campion College Australia
Australia Sydney, Fremantle, Broome, Australia University of Notre Dame Australia
Australia Sydney, Australia Australian Catholic University
Canada New Brunswick, Canada Saint Thomas University
Chile Santiago, Chile Universidad Santo Tomás
Colombia Bogota, Colombia Universidad Santo Tomás
Dominican Republic Santiago de los Caballeros,
       Dominican Republic
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopian Catholic University of St. Thomas Aquinas [1]
France La Roche-sur-Yon, France Catholic Institute of Higher Studies - ICES
Honduras Tegucigalpa, Honduras Universidad Santo Tomás N/A
Indonesia Sumatra, Indonesia Universitas Katolik St. Thomas Sumatera Utara N/A
Republic of Ireland Limerick, Ireland Mary Immaculate College
Italy Rome, Italy Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum)
Japan Ehime, Japan Sei Katarina Daigaku
Japan Osaka, Japan Sei Tomasu Daigaku
Mozambique Maputo, Mozambique Universidade São Tomás de Moçambique
Nigeria Imo State, Nigeria Catholic University of Nigeria N/A
Peru Lima, Peru Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Philippines Legazpi City, Philippines University of Santo Tomás - Legazpi
Philippines Manila, Philippines Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomás
Spain Madrid, Spain Universidad CEU San Pablo
Spain Barcelona, Spain Universidad CEU Abat Oliba
Spain Valencia, Spain Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera
Switzerland Lugano, Switzerland Facultà di Teología di Lugano
United States California, USA Thomas Aquinas College
United States Ohio, USA Ohio Dominican University
United States Texas, USA University of Saint Thomas
United States Minnesota, USA University of Saint Thomas

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